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Cablegate: Visas Viper for August 2007 Reporting Period

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SENSITIVE

VISAS VIPER
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DEPARTMENT FOR INR/TIPOFF AND CA/VO/L/C

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KVPR CVIS CMGT PINR PTER ASEC MO
SUBJECT: VISAS VIPER FOR AUGUST 2007 REPORTING PERIOD


1. (U) Members of the Embassy Rabat and Consulate General Casablanca
joint Visas Viper Committee met September 4, 2007. The meeting was
chaired by the Casablanca Acting Principal Officer and was attended
by representatives from CONS, RAO, DAO, POL, ECON, PAS, RSO, and
LEGATT. The Committee submits twenty-four (24) names as follows:

2. (SBU) The Committee submits the names of the following two (2)
Moroccan nationals as Salafi Jihadists who departed Morocco via
Mohammed V Airport on 25 August 2007 for Istanbul, Turkey for
possible onward travel to Iraq.

Boucetta, Ahmed
Male, DPOB: 1975; Tangier, Morocco
Passport Number: R955848

El Boukhara, Yassin
Male, DPOB: 28 March 1985
Passport Number: U184855

3. (SBU) The following have been reported in the local media as
being arrested, sought, or sentenced by Moroccan authorities for
involvement in terrorist activities and have been submitted through
separate channels.

(SBU) Five (5) individuals were reported in the local or
international media as having been arrested by Moroccan authorities
in relation to the 13 August 2007 attempted suicide bombing against
a tour bus in Meknes. The first person listed below is the bomber,
who lost an arm but survived the attack.

Doukkali, Hisham
Male, DPOB: 13 August 1977; Morocco
Occupation: Civil Engineer, Tax Office, Meknes Ministry of Finance
Parents live in Khemisset, Morocco

Mohammed, Bouhmada
Male
Occupation: Engineer, Tax Office, Meknes Ministry of Finance

Azougagh, Hassan
Male
Occupation: Engineer, Tax Office, Meknes Ministry of Finance

Hamid, Nilmi
Male
Occupation: Engineer, Tax Office, Meknes Ministry of Finance

Zoubir, Bachir
Male
Occupation: Engineer, Tax Office, Meknes Ministry of Finance

(SBU) Three (3) individuals were reported in the local media as
being arrested by Moroccan security services as members of Al Qaeda
in the Islamic Magreb who appeared on a video on the internet.

Aghbalou, Mohamed
Male

Belhachmi, Mohamed Reda
Male

Bilal, Hamam
Male

(SBU) Two (2) individuals were reported in the local media as being
sentenced for terrorist-related activities.

Krissi, Mohamed
Male, DPOB: 1972(e); Morocco
Reported June 8th as being sentenced to two years in jail on charges
of terrorist activities (constituting a gang in order to prepare and
carry out terrorist acts, part of a collective project to undermine
public security, holding unauthorized public meetings and belonging
to an unrecognized association).

Fouad, Rais
Male, DPOB: 1967(e); Morocco
Reported June 8th as being sentenced to a USD$600 fine for holding
unauthorized public meetings.

4. (SBU) The following names were received via two anonymous phone
calls to the Consulate received by separate people on different
dates (possibly the same caller and/or persons).
(SBU) On 20 July 2007 at 16h20, security received a call from a
woman stating that the following two (2) people would be applying
for a visa with the intent to perform terrorist acts in the United
States:

Hafid, Idrissi
Male, DPOB: unknown

Massoud
Male, DPOB: unknown

(SBU) On 23 July 2007 at approximately 12h00, the Political Officer
received a call from a woman thought to be Moroccan stating that the
following two (2) people had plans to bomb an airport and were
trying to go to the United States:

Hafid, El Idrissi
Male, DPOB: unknown

Rahimi, Younes (spelling uncertain)
Male, DPOB: unknown.

5. (SBU) The following eight (8) names were previously reported by
the media as being convicted in Morocco on terrorist-related
charges. Post provides this update as follows:

Oussayeh, Khalid
Male, DPOB: 10 September 1973; Maaseik, Morocco
CIN Number: BZ801958

Bouizakarne, Abdelmalek
Male, DPOB: 29 June 1977; Mediouna, Morocco
CIN Number: BJ201229
Sentenced for a terrorism offense

Ait Bensaid, Mohamed
Male, DPOB: 29 August 1976; Casablanca, Morocco
CIN Number: BJ205123
Sentenced to 30 years for a terrorism offense

Ait Chibani, Mustapha
Male, DPOB: 1961; Marrakech, Morocco
CIN Number: E105227
Sentenced to 8 years for a terrorism offense

Lamghizi, Saleh
Male
Sentenced to life for terrorism offense

El Bachri, Nourredine
Male
Sentenced to 10 years for terrorism offense

Benchrif, Abdelaziz
Male
Sentenced to 5 years for a terrorism offense

Belkacem, Jamal
Male
Sentenced to 5 years for a terrorism offense

6. (SBU) Post is researching two separate media reports, one 02
August 2007 stating that nine (9) suspects from the Oriental region
of Morocco were arrested in Oujda near the Algerian border,
intending to join a training camp of the Al-Qaida in the Islamic
Maghreb; the other 26 July 2007 stating that eleven (11) Islamists
accused of being members of the terrorist cell "Ansar Al Mehdi" were
given prison sentences in a Sale court.

7.(U) Updates will be sent as details become available.

8. (U) The Mission's Visas Viper Coordinator is Pamela Hack. No
additional Visas Viper telegrams were transmitted for August 2007.

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