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U.S. calls on Muslim allies Turkey and Morocco to train Libya’s ‘weak’ military

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — U.S. officials said the Obama administration has reached out to Muslim allies within and outside NATO to help rebuild Libya’s military. The officials cited Morocco and Turkey, the latter which recently completed a training course for Libyan soldiers. “The Libyan institutions across the board are very, very weak after the [...]

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Moroco dismantles Al Qaida ‘jihad’ network operating in several cities

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Morocco has dismantled an Al Qaida network. The Interior Ministry said security forces captured members of a so-called “jihad” network that operated in several cities in Morocco. The ministry said the network was directed by an unidentified member linked to Al Qaida in Afghanistan. “The cell leader, experienced in fighting [...]

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Morocco said to buy Israeli-designed drones from France

Harfang drone

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Morocco was said to have acquired an Israeli-designed unmanned aerial vehicle. French sources said the Royal Moroccan Air Force has signed a contract for the purchase of at least three Israeli UAVs. The sources identified the unmanned platform as the Harfang, a French variant of Israel’s Heron medium-altitude, long-endurance UAV. [...]

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Al Qaida recuiting campaign targets Moroccan royal family’s ‘kingdom of corruption’

Moroccan King Mohammed

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Al Qaida has sought to expand recruitment in Morocco by highlighting official corruption in the North African kingdom, a report said. The Jamestown Foundation asserted that Al Qaida Organization in the Islamic Maghreb launched a campaign against Moroccan King Mohammed. In a video posted on Islamist networks, AQIM has released [...]

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Morocco is latest in string of U.S. allies wooed by China for strategic ties

King Mohammed VI received this Monday in the Royal palace in Rabat, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, currently on an official visit in Morocco.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — China plans to establish strategic ties with another U.S. ally in the Middle East. Officials said China has been planning a summit with Morocco in an effort to establish a strategic alliance. Officials said Morocco has been dismayed by relations with Washington under President Barack Obama. They cited tension amid [...]

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Where’s Hillary? Morocco cools to new Obama foreign policy team

From left, Secretary of State John Kerry, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Morocco has been wary of the new foreign policy team of U.S. President Barack Obama, a report said. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy asserted that the North African kingdom has been concerned by Obama’s new foreign policy team. In a report, the institute said leading advisers, including the [...]

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Moroccan king ousts Islamists, returns old guard to Cabinet

Morocco's King Mohammed IV.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Morocco’s King Mohammed has restored direct control over his Cabinet, a report said. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy determined that Mohammed removed Islamists and returned his supporters in the new Cabinet. In a report, the institute asserted that the Oct. 10 Cabinet reshuffle represented the king’s intent to [...]

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Morocco dismantles Al Qaida cell linked to militias in Syria

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Morocco has reported the capture of an Al Qaida cell. The Interior Ministry said security forces dismantled a cell sponsored by Al Qaida Organization in the Islamic Maghreb. The ministry said the cell was directed to target government facilities in the North African kingdom. “Those recruited were connected to Al [...]

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U.S.-Morocco naval cooperation targets Al Qaida expansion in N. Africa

U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Morocco and the United States have been reviewing joint naval operations in the Mediterranean Sea. The administration of President Barack Obama has been drafting plans for enhanced naval cooperation with Morocco over the next year. Officials said the cooperation could include joint exercises, coordinated maritime security patrols and training. “Morocco’s [...]

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Morocco progressing on major solar power plants

King Mohammed VI reviews Morocco's solar power project.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Morocco is advancing toward the launch of major solar power plants. Industry sources said the North African kingdom would release tenders for the construction of two solar facilities. They were identified as a 200-megawatt plant and 100 megawatt facility in the southern city of Ouarzazate. The Moroccan Solar Energy Agency [...]

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