Washington Highlights Morocco’s Comprehensive Strategy in Counterterrorism
Washington Highlights Morocco’s Comprehensive Strategy in Counterterrorism

The US Department of State highlighted, on Friday in Washington, the “comprehensive” aspect of the Moroccan counterterrorism strategy.

“Morocco has a comprehensive counterterrorism strategy that includes vigilant security measures, regional and international cooperation, and counter-radicalization policies,” wrote the US Country Reports on Terrorism 2014.

It added that “the government has publicly committed itself not to use the struggle against terrorism to deprive individuals of their rights. It has emphasized adherence to human rights standards and the increased transparency of law enforcement procedures as part of its approach.”

The report recalled that “Morocco has been working to improve its legal system through an ongoing comprehensive reform of the justice system,” giving the example of the parliament which approved in November a law eliminating the use of military tribunals for civilian cases.

Moroccan law enforcement units aggressively targeted and effectively dismantled terrorist cells within the country by leveraging intelligence collection, police work, and collaboration with regional and international partners, it underlined.

The report also recalled that Morocco and the United States signed in August an Antiterrorism Assistance (ATA) agreement to partner in the development of CT capacity and cooperation in the Maghreb and Sahel regions.

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