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Cablegate: Rabat's Counterterrorism Action Group Meets In

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UNCLAS RABAT 001017

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STATE FOR S/CT, DS AND NEA/MAG

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TAGS: PTER EFIN MO
SUBJECT: RABAT'S COUNTERTERRORISM ACTION GROUP MEETS IN
PREPARATION FOR KYOTO MEETING

1. (SBU) On October 16, the Japanese DCM convened the only
G-8 Counterterrorism Action Group (CTAG) meeting during
Japan's presidency. Representatives of Canada, Germany,
Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United
States participated, as did representatives of the European
Union, Spain and Switzerland. France was conspicuous by its
unexplained absence. The Japanese DCM explained that the
meeting was scheduled to lay the groundwork for a November 6
CTAG meeting in Kyoto.

2. (SBU) During the discussion of each country's
counterterrorism efforts in Morocco, the DCM described U.S.
Anti-Terrorism Assistance (ATA), EXBS, Coast Guard, Customs,
border control, bio-security, dual-use, export control and
anti-money laundering programs in Morocco and for Moroccans.
The German Police Attache described police training and
training on Internet crimes; the Canadian DCM talked about
anti-money laundering and chem.-bio training. The EU DCM
also described anti-money laundering training and upcoming
training for magistrates on UN anti-terrorism conventions.
The Spanish Police Attache discussed police and border
control training. The British representative described the
UK's focus on aviation and maritime security, including
training to counter MANPADS. He also discussed explosive
detection training. The representatives of Italy, Japan,
Russia, and Switzerland noted that they do not currently have
any counterterrorism cooperation with Morocco. The British
suggested that we create a password-protected website to
share information on training and equipment donations.

3. (SBU) Participants agreed that the Moroccan security
forces have sufficient counterterrorism capacity in general.
However, we also agreed that the Al Qaeda in the Lands of the
Islamic Maghreb is becoming more organized, and the danger of
terrorism in Morocco remains high, as evidenced by the arrest
of almost 100 suspected terrorists thus far in 2008.


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Jackson

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