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Cablegate: Terrorist Cell Dismantled

VZCZCXRO4294
OO RUEHBC RUEHDE RUEHKUK
DE RUEHRB #1504 2201641
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 081641Z AUG 06
FM AMEMBASSY RABAT
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4425
INFO RUEHEE/ARAB LEAGUE COLLECTIVE IMMEDIATE
RUEHLO/AMEMBASSY LONDON IMMEDIATE 3059
RUEHNK/AMEMBASSY NOUAKCHOTT IMMEDIATE 3274
RUEHFR/AMEMBASSY PARIS IMMEDIATE 4340
RUEHCL/AMCONSUL CASABLANCA IMMEDIATE 1991

UNCLAS RABAT 001504

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR NEA/MAG

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PINR PREL MO
SUBJECT: TERRORIST CELL DISMANTLED


1. (U) SUMMARY: ON AUGUST 7, THE MINISTRY OF THE
INTERIOR (MOI) ISSUED A COMMUNIQU THAT THE MOROCCAN
GENERAL TERRITORIAL SECURITY SERVICES (DGST) DISMANTLED A
TERRORIST CELL COMPRISED OF 44 INDIVIDUALS WHO WERE
PREPARING TO OPERATE IN MOROCCO. END SUMMARY.

2. (U) ACCORDING TO THE MOI, THIS CELL, WAS RUN BY A
FORMER SALAFIYA JIHADIYA DETAINEE WHO RECRUITED RADICAL
ISLAMISTS. HE TRAINED THEM TO MAKE AND USE EXPLOSIVES IN
THE NADOR AND OUAZZNE (TO THE NORTHEAST) REGIONS, WHERE
THEY PLANNED TO PROCLAIM JIHAD.

3. (U) OF THE 44 ARRESTED, 5 WERE MEMBERS OF THE MILITARY
AND HAD EXPERIENCE WITH EXPLOSIVES. THE MOI STATED THAT
THOSE ARRESTED ARE SUSPECTED MEMBERS OF A TERRORIST NETWORK
ACTIVE IN CASABLANCA, YOUSSOUFIA (200 KM. SOUTH OF
CASABLANCA), SIDI YAHYA GHARB (NEAR RABAT), SALE (NEAR
RABAT), TETOUAN (IN THE NORTH) AND SIDI SLIMANE (NEAR
TETOUAN). ACCORDING TO THE COMMUNIQU, THE GROUP PLANNED
TO FINANCE ITS ACTIVITIES THROUGH BANK ROBBERIES, RAIDS ON
MONEY TRANSFER MOTORCADES, DONATIONS AND MORTGAGES.
EXPLOSIVE MATERIALS AND PROPAGANDA WERE SEIZED IN THE RAID.

RILEY

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