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Morocco denies Iranian accusation it follows ‘Israeli agenda’

Mustapha El Khalfi

Special to Morocco has condemned an Iranian report that accused the North African kingdom of engaging in an “Israeli agenda.” Mustapha El Khalfi, a Moroccan government spokesman, said “Rabat strongly rejects any abuse directed at the kingdom, regardless of […]

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Report: ‘Deliberately miscounted’ votes cost Morocco 2010 World Cup

South Africa (yellow) plays Mexico in the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Special to World soccer body FIFA was dragged deeper into controversy on June 7 when a report claimed Morocco won the vote to host the 2010 World Cup but was denied the tournament when “deliberately miscounted” votes awarded it […]

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Nine alleged ISIL recruiters arrested in Morocco

ISIL training camp.  /Islamic State/YouTube

Special to Morocco on June 3 announced the arrests of nine alleged Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) recruiters who were said to be operating in cities throughout the country. “According to accurate data, the terrorist cell members […]

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Jennifer Lopez slammed for ‘suggestive’ performance in Morocco

Jennifer Lopez performs at the Mawazine music festival on May 30.  /AP

Special to Moroccan Islamist leaders and media outlets were outraged by a “suggestive” performance by “scantily” dressed pop star Jennifer Lopez at the Mawazine music festival on May 30. Mustapha Khalfi, a member of the Islamist Justice and Development […]

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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 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 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 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 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

Special to 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 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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