Morocco, Key Regional & International player in the Fight Against Terrorism
“The relationship between Morocco and Europe is very extremely important”, he added, voicing European MPs desire to see cooperation between the two sides enhanced further in the war against Islamic extremists, making reference to Morocco’s valuable contributions made in counter-terrorism.
Following the breakthrough made by the Moroccan intelligence services which helped the French police to pinpoint the hideout of the terrorists responsible for the Paris deadly attacks, several European countries reached out to Morocco seeking assistance and cooperation in the fight against jihadist fighters and Islamic fanatics.
Spain, Belgium and other European countries have indeed stepped up their security cooperation with the North African kingdom following the Paris attacks, acknowledging that the Moroccan intelligence input was vital and helped foil further terror plots and save lives.
Morocco’s counter-terrorism has proven its efficiency in thwarting terror threats at home and overseas. It is based on a global approach including prevention, anticipation, education, rehabilitation, eradication of terrorism roots and international cooperation.
Moroccan intelligence services have been guarding against terrorist attacks since 2011, when 15 people were killed in a bombing targeting a café in Marrakesh, one of the world’s popular tourist destinations.
The Moroccans are waging tireless war against Islamic extremists and fanatics as shown by the numerous Isis cells disrupted in the country.
According to newly set up Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ), dubbed Morocco’s FBI, over 160 terror cells have been dismantled since 2002, and nearly forty terror plots were foiled the past three years.