Morocco Arrests Eight For Recruiting ISIS Fighters


Spanish and Moroccan authorities detain 9 suspected terrorists

Moroccan authorities have arrested eight people suspected of recruiting fighters for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group and will send them to trial, the interior ministry said Saturday.

The ministry did not say when the arrests were made but said the suspects were part of a cell active in the central towns of Meknes and El Hajed and in Al Hoceima in the north. (more…)

Morocco, Egypt To Turn Over New Leaf



Moroccan Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar and his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shukry promised to turn over a new leaf in the relationship between the two countries and open new horizons for cooperation.

The joint interests and the deep-rooted ties between the two countries are far greater than any transient issues or differences, according to a joint statement released after the talks between the two sides. (more…)

Morocco’s Nabil Ayouch Ups His Commitment To Exploring The Roots Of Terrorism (EXCLUSIVE)

Martin Dale


Helmer is finalising prostitution drama and prepping sci-fi drama ‘Razzia’

In the wake of the early January terrorist attacks in Paris, renewed attention is currently being placed on Arab filmmakers who try to explore the roots of religious-inspired terrorism. (more…)

Top 5 Emerging Real Estate Hotspots In Africa

Business News


Ghana stadium

When discussing investment opportunities for real estate, people normally think of cities such as London or New York. However, emerging cities across Africa are filled with opportunities for those looking to invest in property.

Global property portal, Lamudi, has compiled a list of emerging investment hotspots across the continent, based on market trends, infrastructure developments and attractive commercial, residential and industrial real estate opportunities. (more…)

Top Agents Aaron Kirman And Mimi Starrett Of Aaroe Estates Offer Spectacular Morocco-Inspired Desert Estate For $24.5 Million



Meticulously crafted hilltop riad at Palm Desert’s Bighorn Golf Club combines centuries-old Marrakech artistry with cutting-edge inspirations.

Inspired by the exquisite design, open spaces, and carefree living of Marrakech riads, or courtyard estates, a cutting-edge architectural team and a group of skilled Moroccan craftsmen spent four years creating Casbah Cove in Palm Desert. Set high on a hill on the Canyons’ side of the luxurious gated Bighorn Golf Club community, surrounded by unobstructed views of the San Jacinto and Santa Rosa mountains and valley lights, the palatial estate comprises approx. 16,800 square feet of indoor/outdoor living spaces and opulent amenities. (more…)

Kuwaiti Delegation Visits KFAED-Funded Safi Port In Morocco

Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
By Maryam Alwoqayan

Side of the visit Safi Port

Side of the visit Safi Port

A delegation of outstanding Kuwaiti female students paid a visit to the project of Port of Safi funded by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development (KFAED).

The visit, which concludes on January 17, is part of the “Be a Well-achiever” trip to Morocco, organized by the KFAED.

Said bin Ammi, a senior official at the port, said late on Thursday that the project comprises the construction of a new port in an area, 15 km south from Safi city, for coal imports for the new thermal power station. (more…)

Maghreb News 2015-01-16

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Terrorism | 2015-01-16
Algerian troops find slain tourist
The body of the French hiker beheaded last September was found after a jailed terrorist provided a tip. (more…)

Morocco Toughens Terror Laws

By Siham Ali in Rabat
for Magharebia

More than a thousand Moroccans have joined the Islamic State terror group, Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid says [AFP/Abdelhak Senna]

More than a thousand Moroccans have joined the Islamic State terror group, Justice Minister Mustapha Ramid says [AFP/Abdelhak Senna]

It will soon be a crime in Morocco to fight for a foreign terrorist organisation.

Morocco is toughening up its laws to prevent citizens from leaving the country to join foreign terrorist groups.

A Moroccan parliamentary commission on Wednesday (December 14th) agreed to impose 5-15 year prison sentences on citizens attempting to join Daesh jihadists in Syria or Iraq.

Having already strengthened laws against (more…)

ISIS Kills Fleeing Fighters

Analysis by Mawassi Lahcen in Casablanca
for Magharebia

Maghreb youths are the latest Daesh deserters to be executed for wanting to quit the terror group

Maghreb youths are the latest Daesh deserters to be executed for wanting to quit the terror group

A change of heart proves deadly for young Moroccans who try to leave Daesh.

“They were looking for paradise, but only found hell.”

Such is the condition of foreign fighters in Syria, according to a Moroccan analyst. “The Islamic State won’t allow them to leave, so they won’t be able to tell the world what’s really happening.”

At Agadir Street in Casablanca, people are talking about one local youth who went to Syria to fight for ISIS, only to be killed by the group because he wanted to come home. (more…)

King Mohamed VI Invites Egypt’s El-Sisi To Morocco

Ahram Online

El Sisi

Foreign minister Sameh Shoukri is currently in Rabat

Morocco’s King Mohamed VI has invited Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to visit Morocco, MENA agency reported.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri met the king in the city of Fes on Friday, delivering a personal message from El-Sisi. (more…)

Morocco FM Reiterates Support For Egypt Ties

Ahram Online


Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri is currently visiting Rabat

Morocco’s Foreign Minister Salaheddine Mezouar has denounced what he described as “pathetic” attempts to strain relations between Egypt and Morocco, Egypt’s foreign ministry stated.

Egypt’s foreign ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Atti said in a Friday statement that Mezouar had made the statement in a meeting with Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri on Thursday. (more…)

The EU And Morocco Strike A Deal On The Protection Of Geographical Indications

European Commission – Press release



Joint press release for Morocco-EU Agreement on GIs

The European Union and Morocco have concluded negotiations on an agreement to mutually protect their Geographical Indications (GIs). Through this agreement Morocco and the EU will ensure high level protection for their respective GIs for food products. Also aimed at promoting and fostering trade relations in agricultural products and foodstuffs produced in Morocco and the European Union, the text of the agreement was initialled today at chief negotiator’s level. (more…)

Morocco’s Trade Deficit Narrows 6 Percent In 2014

by Imaduddin


Morocco’s trade deficit narrowed by 6 percent year on year in 2014, data showed, reflecting lower energy imports as oil prices fell and exports surged.

The trade gap was 186.35 billion Moroccan dirham ($19.83 billion) with exports up 6.1 percent and imports down 0.2 percent, Rabat’s foreign exchange regulator said on Friday. (more…)

Morocco: Vegetables Production Growing Fast On EU Markets

Green Med Journal


According to Juan Carlos Pérez Mesa, analyst specialising in international horticulture, this expansion comes at the competition’s expense, for example, the Spanish region of Almeria’s.

Morocco holds 70% of France’s tomato market share and has a strong presence in the UK. (more…)

Bouhlal To Provide MSU With Moroccan Insight

The Reflector


The International Institute of Mississippi State University will welcome Moroccan Ambassador Rachad Bouhlal on Jan. 20 to speak about the Arab Spring in Morocco and Morocco’s strategy in fighting radicalism.

Jon Rezek, interim associate vice president of international programs at MSU, said Ambassador Bouhlal will visit because MSU is creating an engineering program with a university in Morocco, a sentiment the ambassador will discuss upon his visit. (more…)

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