Morocco hosts symposium to tackle security challenges in Africa

2018/24/10 – An annual symposium among African air force chiefs of staff kicked off in the Moroccan city of Marrakech (on Monday) to tackle regional security challenges and promote dialogue between air forces in Africa.Organized by the U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa with the support of the Moroccan Royal Air Forces (FRA), the two-day event is attended by senior air force officials from some 30 African countries. Continuer à lire … « Morocco hosts symposium to tackle security challenges in Africa »

Morocco’s BCIJ Has Dismantled 57 Terrorist Cells Since 2015

2018/12/11 – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) has dismantled 57  terror cells since its creation in 2015.

Since the beginning of 2018, BCIJ has dismantled eight terror cells. The BCIJ dismantled 9 cells in 2017, 19 in 2016, and 21 in 2015.

Abdelhak Khiame, the head of the BCIJ, shared his statistics in a recent interview with Maghreb Arab Press (MAP). Continuer à lire … « Morocco’s BCIJ Has Dismantled 57 Terrorist Cells Since 2015 »

Specter of jihadism continues to haunt Maghreb

2018/12/11 – The jihadist threat is not new to the Maghreb. However, the fallout of the 2011 Arab uprisings has fundamentally altered the political and security environment of North African countries. While states such as Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia witnessed an increase in deaths from jihadist attacks, others like Algeria and Morocco experienced a reduced impact. Despite differences, the threats are persistent and numerous, including local jihadi cells that range from the already settled to the residual to those burgeoning into external groups that operate in the Sahel, such as the well-established al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). The mutual lack of trust and cooperation in counterterrorism and security among Maghreb countries further complicates countering such threats. Put together, the region’s security could become even more precarious, and the fight against jihadism might be a long one. Continuer à lire … « Specter of jihadism continues to haunt Maghreb »

The Risks of Hardened Borders in North Africa

2018/08/17 – Over the past several years, North African countries have worked to heavily fortify their borders. A 200-kilometer (125-mile) trench, completed in February 2016, runs along the Tunisian–Libyan border. Twelve hundred kilometers (746 miles) to the west, two new walls mark the border between Morocco and Algeria. These barriers are symptom and symbol of a new securitized approach to borders in areas that have historically been culturally and economically linked.
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Morocco’s Trade with Israel Totaled $37 Million in 2017

2018/08/05 – Although Morocco has no official diplomatic ties with Israel, the North African country traded $37 million worth of goods with Israel in 2017 according to the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs published data through its Arabic Facebook page revealing data about its trade with some Arab and Islamic countries, based on CBS statistics. Continuer à lire … « Morocco’s Trade with Israel Totaled $37 Million in 2017 »

Niger : IAEA praises Niger’s progress on nuclear programme #Uranium

2018/07/18 – Niger has a strong commitment to developing the infrastructure for a nuclear power programme, an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) mission team has concluded in its final report. The report from the mission – conducted in April – was submitted to the Nigerien government on 16 July.
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Largest Terrorist Group Resides, in Africa, Moroccan FM Says

2018/06/26 – Moroccan Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Nasser Bouraita said here today that the largest terrorist group is currently situated, in Africa, with more than 6,000 fighters. Continuer à lire … « Largest Terrorist Group Resides, in Africa, Moroccan FM Says »