The Moroccan kingdom's uncompromising stance against jihadism is crucial in the global fight against terrorism

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb launches propaganda campaign targeting Morocco

AFP/FADEL SENNA - Miembros del servicio de seguridad antiterrorista de Marruecos
AFP/FADEL SENNA - Members of Morocco's anti-terrorist security service

Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) has released a video entitled 'Oh, citizens of Morocco' lasting 38 minutes and 35 seconds. The material includes audios of Abu Yasser al-Jazaery with a propaganda content clearly aimed at recruiting a target audience of young Muslims and with obvious warlike intentions. 

It is important to note that AQIM, al-Qaeda's affiliate in the region, used to publish hostile messages directed against the Algerian government in the past. However, this occasion marks a significant shift, as it is the first time that AQIM has openly directed its propaganda against Morocco. As with all its propaganda campaigns, it is expected that this publication will be carefully structured and will be followed by more similar communiqués in the future. 

In the ongoing battle against terrorism and insurgency, Morocco has become a key and trusted ally, working closely with countries such as the US and Spain to preserve security in conflict zones, especially in the Sahel region. Morocco's strategic location, its counterterrorism initiatives and its unwavering commitment to fighting jihadist groups have cemented its position as a key player in the fight against terrorism. 

Strategic collaboration with international partners 

As a country at the crossroads of Africa and Europe, Morocco's unique geographical position makes it an essential partner in addressing security challenges in North Africa and the Sahel. The Kingdom's cooperation with countries such as the US and Spain has been instrumental in addressing the growing threat of terrorism in the region. 

PHOTO/AP - Banderas de Marruecos y Estados Unidos
PHOTO/AP - Flags of Morocco and the United States

Collaborative efforts with the United States have fostered a strong partnership in the fight against terrorism. The two nations share information and exchange expertise on counterterrorism strategies. The designation of Morocco as a major non-NATO ally by the United States underscores the importance of their security partnership. 

Similarly, Morocco and Spain have established a close working relationship to combat common security problems such as illegal immigration, drug trafficking and terrorism. The two countries have collaborated on intelligence sharing and maritime security operations to effectively address these common threats. 

An unwavering stance against jihadism 

Morocco has demonstrated a firm and unwavering commitment in the fight against jihadist ideologies and extremist groups. The country's authorities have implemented strict security measures, surveillance technologies and intelligence-led operations to disrupt terrorist networks and prevent potential attacks on Moroccan territory. 

PHOTO/ARCHIVO - Fuerzas antiterroristas españolas
PHOTO/FILE - Spanish counter-terrorism forces

In addition, Morocco has undertaken proactive measures to counter the recruitment and radicalisation of its citizens. The government's efforts include investing in education, promoting moderate Islamic teachings and engaging with local communities to build resilience to extremist ideologies. 

The Sahel: a priority for Morocco's counterterrorism efforts 

The Sahel region, a vast expanse of territory south of the Sahara desert, has been plagued by insurgencies and terrorist activities. Recognising the seriousness of the threat in the Sahel, Morocco has devoted significant resources and efforts to preserving security and stability in the area. 

PHOTO/ARCHIVO - Región del Sahel
PHOTO/FILE - The Sahel region

Morocco's collaboration with other regional powers and international organisations, as well as its commitment to intelligence sharing, have been instrumental in addressing the complex security challenges in the Sahel. 

As the fight against terrorism remains a global priority, Morocco has proven to be a crucial partner in efforts to preserve security and stability in conflict zones, especially in the Sahel region. The Kingdom's strategic partnership with countries such as the United States and Spain, along with its firm stance against jihadism and its proactive approach to counterterrorism, have cemented Morocco's position as a major player in the ongoing fight against terrorism and extremism.