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Morocco a model against terrorism

The dismantling of several terrorist cells in recent days confirms the effectiveness of security and intelligence services in Morocco. This is explained by the Moroccan expertise in the fight against terrorism.

Indeed, Morocco has become a model and an international reference in the field. Many states, in Europe or in Africa, are asking for help to prevent attacks that could have cost the lives of several tens, or even hundreds of citizens, in their territories.

After the terrorist attacks perpetrated in Morocco in 2003, 2007 and 2011, the Kingdom of Morocco has put the fight against terrorism at the top of its priorities, developing a multidimensional strategy in the fight against terrorism that has borne fruit. This counter-terrorism strategy is based on a three-pillar system: strengthening of internal security, the fight against poverty and religious reforms.

The Central Criminal Investigation Bureau (BCIJ) was also created in 2015 as the lead agency for the fight against terrorism in Morocco, recalling that since this year, the services of the BCIJ, with seriousness and competence, successfully faced the terrorist threat, succeeding in dismantling several terrorist groups linked to international networks, such as Daesh and al-Qaeda, avoiding several terrorist attacks in Morocco thanks to their anticipatory strategy.

Not to mention the tireless efforts and considerable sacrifices made by the members of the Directorate General of National Territorial Surveillance (DGST), to guarantee the peace and security of citizens, protect their property and preserve peace, stability and public order, as well as the spirit of mobilization, vigilance and firmness shown by its members in order to anticipate and defeat all terrorist attempts.

Thanks to this security institution, the Kingdom of Morocco deploys not only colossal efforts to guarantee national and regional security, but also has recognized experience in the fight against terrorism at the international level and, consequently, in favor of stability and security in the world.

Terrorism has its roots in a number of causes, including the instrumentalization of religion, as extremist movements have taken religion hostage for political ends. The reason why he had to master the religious field. This action was conducted under the authority of King Mohammed VI, Commander of the Faithful, who has the religious legitimacy necessary to be the leader in the fight against extremism, fighting against extremist rhetoric and promoting the principles of tolerant Islam.

Also, Morocco, which has accumulated recognized expertise and effective action in the security field, is the only one who opposes a constructed speech and a major strategy against radicalization. At the same time, he associates his action in the religious field with an economic and social dimension, namely that the sovereign has placed at the top of his priorities the objectives of economic and human development. This approach consists in implementing actions to fight exclusion, precariousness and poverty.

Indeed, Morocco’s role in combating terrorism and maintaining stability and security is appreciated by the international community in general, and by several African and international organizations.

The security approach is necessary to fight against terrorism and religious extremism, and has borne fruit thanks to the considerable efforts of the Directorate General of National Territorial Surveillance (DGST), but it remains insufficient in a troubled and threatened world at any time by terrorism. Hence, the State will have to adopt a global, multidimensional and multi-sectoral approach in the fight against terrorism, which revolves around the socio-economic component. Fortunately, Morocco is aware of these in recent years, and highlighted the orientations of this approach.

Finally, I see that the fight against terrorism and religious extremism must be tackled collectively through a commitment of all stakeholders, not only security institutions, but also the roles that political parties must play, civil society and above all, human rights organizations, moderate and reformist religious actors, leadership and education for citizenship, peace and dialogue.

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