Morocco - Moroccan police have dismantled a terrorist network that was "active in several towns" of the north African kingdom, the state security service announced on Tuesday.
The network included six members who "were planning to commit terrorist acts inside the national territory," the security service said in a statement, without saying when the arrests took place. "Within the framework of efforts by security forces to combat terrorism and extremism, these services dismantled a terrorist network of six people imbued with Takfirist ideology...," the statement said.
Takfiris are a tiny minority of Muslims in Morocco, but they believe that society and its leaders have turned away from the narrow path of what they see as true Islam. The arrests were "recently" made in the towns of Taza and Oujda in northeast Morocco and in Kenitra, 40km north of Rabat, according to a security official contacted by AFP, Tetouan is in the Northeast of Morocco..
The "network is also accused of wanting to commit acts of violence against political figures, as well as holding up a bank", said the source, who asked to remain anonymous.
Many of the men involved in the Madrid train bombings came from one small neighborhood in the Moroccan city of Tetouan.
No one thought it was strange when Muncif Ben Aboud disappeared from his crowded, unkempt neighborhood in the Moroccan city of Tetouan. Men are always leaving Jamaa Mezuak, as the quarter is known. And Muncif, who was 21, had ventured off before, roaming the worn medinas of Casablanca and Marrakesh, posing stiffly for snapshots to take home.
Forgive me if I have done wrong,” Muncif said. It was a phrase Moroccans use to bid farewell. He was going to Iraq, he said. He wanted to do jihad. Three months later, Muncif’s brother Bilal disappeared. Bilal was calling to say goodbye. He was in Syria with a group of strangers — some Turks, Moroccans and British Muslim converts — and he was heading to Iraq to become a suicide car bomber.
The people of Jamaa Mezuak Tetouan Morocco were no strangers to militant Islam. A few years earlier, five other men from the neighborhood said their own goodbyes. They went to Spain to seek their fortunes. But they became famous as key suspects in the bombings of four commuter trains in Madrid that killed 191 people on March 11, 2004.
Tetouan Morocco - City said to be terrorist breeding ground. There is nothing isolated about Tetouan. This city of 400,000 on the northern tip of Morocco sits just miles from the Mediterranean Sea. It has long been a crossroads between Africa and Europe, a place steeped in many cultures and many links to Al-Qaeda and terrorism.
TETOUAN, Morocco, (UPI) -- A Moroccan seaport 3,000 miles from Iraq has become one of the world's most fertile recruiting grounds for jihadists, U.S. officials say. In the past six years a group of at least 35 young men, all worshippers at the same mosque, have left their homes in Tetouan, a few miles from the Strait of Gibraltar, to become suicide bombers in Iraq, The Daily Telegraph of London reports.
U.S. intelligence traced at least nine of the men responsible for recent suicide missions in and around Baghdad to Tetouan and its surrounding area, the newspaper said. Local reports suggest another 21 individuals have left the area to seek martyrdom, following in the footsteps of five other men from Tetouan who blew themselves up in the Madrid suburb of Leganes when cornered by police in April 2004. Police believed they played a part in the train bombings in the Spanish capital in March 2004. The young men, all in their 20s, became disillusioned with the daily struggle to earn, their families say.
Queens jihadi Yousef al-Khattab created Revolution Muslim (RM) in 2007 to promote the ideas of Abdullah al-Faisal, a Jamaica-born Muslim preacher who served four years in a British prison for urging his followers to kill non-Muslims, including Americans, Hindus and Jews. Al-Faisal was deported from Britain to Jamaica in 2007.
In 2008, NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence David Cohen said that al-Faisal was "the Caribbean equivalent of the Blind Sheikh" in reference to Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, the Egyptian cleric serving a life sentence for conspiracy to blow up New York landmarks in 1993.
According to the RM Web site, one of the group's missions is to "support the dawa [propagation of faith] of our beloved Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal." In addition to being listed on the RM Web site as the group's "imam and spiritual advisor," al-Faisal appears to communicate with the group. An apparent letter from al-Faisal to al-Khattab on the RM Web site preaches a complete rejection of democracy and modern economics as a condition to being a Muslim. In addition, RM posts recordings of al-Faisal to its Web site and distributes CDs of his speeches on Fridays at locations throughout New York City.
Al-Khattab and his followers seek to bring about a global Islamic government that will abolish all other forms of governance, including "the dismantlement of western, secular dominance across the world," according to its Web site. This global Islamic movement will be achieved through propagation of the faith, or dawa, and through violence. According to By All Means Necessary, a pamphlet written by RM's spokesperson Younes Abdullah Muhammad, "preaching alone could never have achieved the fruit of the effort of a single day," a reference to the September 11 terrorist attacks.
Yousef al-Khattab is now living in TETOUAN, Morocco where he can get close to his "roots" of terrorism.
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