Morocco’s counterterrorism strategy based on two fundamentals: vigilance, proactivity

Morocco’s counterterrorism strategy based on two fundamentals: vigilance, proactivity

Morocco is protected by its men.
a sentence that could appear at a first sight as a metaphore, stemming from a feeling of pride of  belonging to a Kingdom proud of its people. However for those who know well the hidden dangers that threaten the stability of the kingdom will be certain that there are men working in the shadows to protect this country. Men with only one goal: ensure the security of their nation and its citizens.


Although the series of terror attacks that hit the country can be counted on the fingers of one hand, the threat had been looming on the kingdom and its citizens for years.  The names of terrorist organizations targetting Morocco and other countries around the world may vary, but they all have the same objective : bloodshed.

Since 2002, Moroccan security forces have managed to dismantle more than 200 terrorist cells.

Their approach is based on two fundamentals,  vigilance and proactivity.


Throughout these years, the terror cells that targeted morocco were diverse and varied according to their dangerosity, their nature and their numbers as well as the types and quantity of the equipment theyn have at theirv disposal.


In this video, we will talk about the Moujahidine movement, founded in 1978 by Abdelazie El Nouamani. The movement was active inside and outside of Morocco.But since the death of Nouamani in 1984, the movement lived in the shadow until 1994. This movement attracted a number of Moroccans living in France and Belgium. but this movement resurfaced with Abdallag Al Zaat, one of the perpetrators of the attack on the Asni hotel in Marrakech 1994. It turned out later that this case was not linked to the Moujahidine movement in Morocco; Yet the movement made the headlines again during the arrests that followed the terror attacks that shook Morocco  on May 16, 2003, proving therefore that the Moujahidine movement was still active at the time.


Casablanca city was hit by a terrorist attack.
Ali Aarrass joined the terrorist movement in 1981. Aarras was the logistics manager.
Aarras brought first weapons which were seized in 2003, in Berkane, by the police: Kalashnikov rifle, two guns and ammunition. Two guns were seized later on in Tangier.

Ali Aarrass provided all these weapons. He was in charge of gunrunning for the movement and he also smuggled the small arms seized in 2005.
It was his mission to bring in contraband from abroad.

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