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Besides being football giants, Morocco impacted on the globe through counter terrorism



The Kingdom of Morocco is well known for being the ultimate football destination in Africa, but also in the world. It is for this that the milestone and Centennial FIFA World Cup will hold in Morocco as well as Spain and Portugal.


Morocco which hosted many qualifying matches of other African countries in the preliminary competitions for the Africa Cup of Nations as well as that of 2022 and 2026 World Cup, will host back-to-back the Women’s Africa Cup of Nations as well as the 2025 Africa Cup of Nations.


As Morocco contributes to sports and healthy minds, so also is the kingdom contributing to making the world a safer place.



In the year passing by, the kingdom has contributed so much in counter-terrorism both at home and abroad.


In a world shattered, fractured and bereaved by the depth of mostly asymmetrical armed conflicts, the Kingdom of #Morocco is the only IR actor on the continent and in the world to equip itself with security, legal and operational mechanisms capable of holding back, containing and neutralizing the terrorist threat.



Indeed, from the buffer zone in the Moroccan Sahara, where #Polisario #terrorist attacks target civilians, to DR Congo, and hostage-taking in Mali, Africa remains a region heavily marked by the proliferation of terrorism. This threat results in the tragic loss of innocent lives on a daily basis, extending its impact to countries such as #Niger, #Mali, Burkina Faso, Kenya and Nigeria.


That said, the Kingdom of Morocco has countered terrorism with effective intelligence services capable of locating any terrorist leader and freeing several hostages, proving unprecedented efficiency in freeing hostages and securing its territorial integrity.


In just one year, Morocco has contributed:



  • In December 2022, to the release of 63-year-old German Jörg Lange, a member of a Berlin-based humanitarian organization, who was being held hostage by a jihadist group in Mali.


  • In January 2023, at the dismantling of a cell affiliated to the Islamic State organization (#EI), made up of three suspects in Spain and Morocco during a joint security operation and one of the “extremist elements” was questioned by the special forces of the Direction Générale de la Surveillance du Territoire (#DGST) in Chtouka Aït Baha.


  • In March 2023, to intervention and interpellation procedures in separate and simultaneous operations, having targeted 3 individuals affiliated to Daech, aged between 19 and 28, in Souk El Arbaa du Gharb, Tétouan and Larache.


  • In May 2023, to the dismantling of a Daech-affiliated terrorist cell consisting of three individuals in the north of the country.


  • In May 2023, the two Moroccan cyclists, Abderrahmane Serhani and Driss Fatihi, kidnapped on April 1, 2023, by an armed group on the Niger-Burkinabe borders, were freed thanks to security coordination between Morocco and Nigeria.


  • In August 2023, the release of Iulian Ghergut, a Romanian national held hostage in Burkina Faso by the Al-Qaeda affiliated group Al-Mourabitoune.


  • In October 2023, to the dismantling of a terrorist group affiliated to the Islamic State that was about to attack the cities of Tangier, Tetouan and Inezgane ait melloul


  • In November 2023, the President of Romania, Klaus Werner Johannis, awarded, by presidential decree dated November 6, 2023, to the Moroccan Intelligence Service, in the person of its Director General, Mr. Mohamed Yassine MANSOURI the decoration of the National Order “The Star of Romania” (rank of Grand Officer).


  • In November 2023, a Moroccan drone eliminates Polisario terrorist leader Abdel Salam Ould Asouillem.


  • In November 2023, Morocco arrests a man responsible for false bomb threats in Belgium.


  • In December 2023, the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ) arrested an extremist in Farkhana, Nador region, in collaboration with the Spanish police. This security operation was carried out jointly with the General Commissariat for Information. The BCIJ reports to the Direction Générale de la Surveillance du Territoire (DGST).


  • In December 2023, to the dismantling of a cryptocurrency operation network affiliated to the Islamic State in several regions of Spain with the help of Morocco.


All in all, in the fight against terrorism, Morocco has emerged as a beacon of “coordination” and “synergy”. Like a harmonious orchestra, notable successes, such as the release of hostages and the dismantling of terrorist cells, bear witness to the collective strength in the quest for security.


This sincere, serious and collective effort strengthens Morocco’s position in the preservation of peace and stability in the world.


Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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