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U.S. starts combat phase of Africa Lion exercise in Morocco

F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and the Royal Moroccan air force prepare for take-off May 15 at Ben Guerir Air Base, Morocco. / U.S. Air Force

Special to WorldTribune.com As the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, Al Qaida and other jihadist groups with combat experience filter back into north African, the second phase of the U.S. military’s largest annual joint exercise in Africa got underway […]

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Morocco’s king eases restrictions on abortion

King Mohammed of Morocco.

Special to WorldTribune.com Moroccan King Mohammed has decided to loosen the nation’s strict abortion laws. Mohammed’s decision will allow abortion in cases of rape, incest, danger to the mother’s health and fetal deformities. With the exception of Tunisia, where abortion […]

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Moroccan F-16 in Saudi-led mission said shot down over Yemen

Moroccan F-16.

Special to WorldTribune.com Houthi rebels claim tribesman shot down a Moroccan F-16 fighter that was part of a Saudi-led airstrike over Yemen on May 11. The F-16 reportedly went down during a strike on Houthi-controlled positions in Sanaa and was […]

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With new arrests, Morocco continues aggressive security response to ISIL threat

Tunisians living in Morocco demonstrate on behalf of victims of the attack by on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, on March 20. The signs pictured carry the messages "With my blood I fight for my country", left, and "Viva Tunisia", right.  Stringer / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Moroccan police have arrested a French woman of Moroccan origin and her male companion in the southern city of Safi for suspected links to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The statement on April 16 said the […]

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Moroccan project reports limited offshore energy find

Offshore exploration site in
Morocco.

Special to WorldTribune.com An international energy group has reported success with an offshore exploration project in Morocco. Kosmos Energy said it will plug and abandon its well in the Cap Boujdour permit area offshore Morocco after gas and condensate was […]

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Post-Gadhafi Libya now a jihadist springboard backed by Iran, Qatar, Sudan and Turkey

Rome now a target: Security forces have bee deployed at selected sites due to terror threats from ISIL. / Winston Ross / Newsweek

Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The consolidation of a self-proclaimed Caliphate in eastern Libya provides the jihadist camp with springboard into Africa and southern Europe. That strategic thrust, supported […]

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French rattled by drone sighting near landmarks; Morocco bans imports

The Eiffel Tower in Paris.

Special to WorldTribune.com In the past week, the government of Morocco banned all import of drones for security reasons, and unidentified drones were spotted flying near the U.S. embassy in Paris. “Of course terrorists could very well use not just […]

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Morocco dismantles 2nd ISIL cell in wave of 1,200 returnees from Iraq, Syria

The ministry said the cell consisted of eight operatives, including released security prisoners.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Morocco has reported the dismantling of another cell of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Interior Ministry said an ISIL recruiting cell was captured by security forces. The ministry said the cell, which sought […]

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Algeria-Morocco conflict escalates to salvos of leaked intel documents

AlgeriaMorocco

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria and Morocco have entered into a new fray — marked by leaking classified documents against each other. Morocco has accused Algeria of leaking classified data obtained by an anonymous hacker. The documents were said […]

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Morocco and its F-16s join U.S. anti-ISIL coalition

Morocco F-16s.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has persuaded Morocco to join the coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said the North African kingdom has agreed to join the U.S.-led coalition air strikes against ISIL positions […]

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