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Morocco succeeded in counter-terrorism at home and abroad in 2023

Notable victories, such as the release of hostages and the demolition of terrorist networks, bore testament to the united strength in the struggle for security, much like a harmonic orchestra.

In a world shattered, fractured, and bereaved by the depths of mostly asymmetrical armed conflicts, the Kingdom of Morocco is the only IR actor on the continent and in the world to arm itself with security, legal, and operational mechanisms capable of containing, neutralizing, and containing the terrorist threat.

Indeed, from the Moroccan Sahara buffer zone, where Polisario terrorist operations target civilians, to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and hostage-taking in Mali, Africa remains a continent profoundly defined by the spread of terrorism.

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Every day, innocent lives are lost as a result of this threat, which has an impact on nations such as Niger, Mali, Burkina Faso, Kenya, and Nigeria.

Having said that, the Kingdom of Morocco has responded to terrorism with effective intelligence agencies capable of discovering any terrorist leader and rescuing several captives, demonstrating exceptional effectiveness in freeing hostages and maintaining its territorial integrity.

Morocco has made the following contributions in just one year:

The release of 63-year-old German Jörg Lange, a member of a Berlin-based humanitarian organization, who was being held captive by a jihadist group in Mali, in December 2022.

In January 2023, during a joint security operation in Spain and Morocco to dismantle a cell affiliated with the Islamic State organization, one of the “extremist elements” was questioned by special forces of the Direction Générale de la Surveillance du Territoire (#DGST) in Chtouka At Baha.

Intervention and interpellation procedures were carried out in separate and simultaneous operations in March 2023, targeting three Daech members aged 19 to 28 in Souk El Arbaa du Gharb, Tétouan, and Larache.

In May 2023, a Daech-affiliated terrorist cell consisting of three men was dismantled in the country’s north.

Abderrahmane Serhani and Driss Fatihi, two Moroccan cyclists kidnapped on April 1, 2023, by an armed gang on the Niger-Burkinabe frontiers, were rescued in May 2023 thanks to security collaboration between Morocco and Nigeria.

Iulian Ghergut, a Romanian person held hostage in Burkina Faso by the Al-Qaeda-affiliated group Al-Mourabitoune, was freed in August 2023.

In October 2023, a terrorist group linked with the Islamic State is demolished.
In October 2023, a terrorist group associated with the Islamic State was set to assault Tangier, Tetouan, and Inezgane, according to Ait Meloul.

In November 2023, the President of Romania, Klaus Werner Johannis, awarded the Moroccan Intelligence Service, in the person of its Director General, Mr. Mohamed Yassine Mansouri, the decoration of the National Order “The Star of Romania” (rank of Grand Officer) by presidential decree dated November 6, 2023.

A Moroccan drone assassinates Polisario terrorist leader Abdel Salam Ould Asouillem in November 2023.

Morocco captures a man in November 2023 for making bogus bomb threats in Belgium.

In December 2023, the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) and Spanish police detained an extremist in Farkhana, Nador region.

This security operation was undertaken in collaboration with the General Commissariat for Information.

The Direction Générale de la Surveillance du Territoire (DGST) reports to the BCIJ.
With the assistance of Morocco, a cryptocurrency operation network associated with the Islamic State was dismantled in numerous parts of Spain in December 2023.

With the assistance of Morocco, a cryptocurrency operation network associated with the Islamic State was dismantled in numerous parts of Spain in December 2023.

In the struggle against terrorism, Morocco has emerged as a model of “coordination” and “synergy.”

Notable victories, such as the release of hostages and the demolition of terrorist networks, bore testament to the united strength in the struggle for security, much like a harmonic orchestra.

This earnest, serious, and united endeavor improves Morocco’s position in the global preservation of freedom and stability.

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