Morocco’s National Security Services Report for 2023 \ Newslooks \ Morocco’s multifaceted strategy in counter-terrorism, both domestically and globally, has been a vital component in the fight against extremism. With a history of effectively combating terrorism, Morocco’s security forces have employed a blend of advanced intelligence gathering, legal frameworks, and active security operations. These efforts are pivotal in regions like North Africa and the Middle East, known for significant terrorist activities.
Morocco’s counter-terrorism approach extends to socio-economic strategies addressing root causes like poverty and political disenfranchisement. Internationally, Morocco has collaborated proactively, especially with the United States. This partnership, rooted in joint operations and intelligence sharing, enhances both nations’ security capabilities and addresses global terrorism threats.
Key achievements in Morocco’s counter-terrorism efforts include the liberation of hostages, dismantling of terrorist cells, and collaboration with international partners like the USA. These efforts have not only reinforced Morocco’s national security but have also contributed significantly to regional and global counter-terrorism efforts. Morocco’s comprehensive approach, balancing enforcement with preventive measures, is often cited as a model for other countries facing similar challenges.
In 2023 alone, Morocco’s accomplishments include liberating hostages, dismantling ISIS-affiliated cells, and collaborating in international counter-terrorism operations. These successes underscore Morocco’s role as a beacon of coordination and synergy in the global fight against terrorism, reinforcing its position in maintaining peace and stability.
Key accomplishments of Morocco in a year include:
- In December 2022, the liberation of German humanitarian worker Jörg Lange, held hostage by jihadists in Mali.
- In January 2023, the dismantling of an ISIS-affiliated cell in Spain and Morocco, with arrests by the Directorate General of Territorial Surveillance (DGST) in Chtouka Aït Baha.
- In March 2023, separate and simultaneous operations targeting 3 Daesh affiliates in Souk El Arbaa du Gharb, Tétouan, and Larache.
- In May 2023, dismantling of a Daesh terrorist cell in northern Morocco.
- In May 2023, release of Moroccan cyclists Abderrahmane Serhani and Driss Fatihi, kidnapped at the Niger-Burkina Faso border, coordinated by Morocco and Nigeria.
- In August 2023, freeing of Romanian hostage Iulian Ghergut, held by Al-Mourabitoune, an Al-Qaeda affiliate, in Burkina Faso.
- In October 2023, dismantling of an ISIS group planning attacks in Tangier, Tétouan, and Inezgane Ait Melloul.
- In November 2023, Moroccan President Klaus Werner Johannis awarded the National Order “The Star of Romania” (Grand Officer grade) to the Moroccan Intelligence Service and its Director General, Mohamed Yassine MANSOURI.
- In November 2023, a Moroccan drone eliminated Polisario terrorist leader Abdel Salam Ould Asouillem.
- In November 2023, Morocco arrested an individual responsible for false bomb alerts in Belgium.
- In December 2023, the Central Bureau of Judicial Investigations (BCIJ), in collaboration with Spanish police, arrested an extremist in Farkhana, Nador.
- In December 2023, dismantling of an ISIS-linked cryptocurrency operation network in various regions of Spain with Moroccan assistance.
Morocco’s National Security Services Report for 2023
The 2023 National Security Services Report details the progress and initiatives undertaken by the General Directorate of National Security (DGSN) in various areas. Key highlights include:
1. New Police Structures: DGSN established 13 new security structures to enhance community policing, adapt to urban expansion, and strengthen security in new urban centers. This includes new police districts, emergency police units, and specialized brigades, increasing the total number of police districts to 454.
2. Emergency Response and Citizen Services: The report emphasizes the effectiveness of emergency response units, with numerous interventions and emergency calls handled. It also highlights the inauguration of citizen reception areas equipped with advanced technology for efficient public service.
3. Technology and Innovation: DGSN has made significant strides in digital transformation, enhancing administrative services, and using technology for effective policing. This includes the “Trusted Third Party” platform for secure identity verification, and the use of artificial intelligence for vehicle license plate reading and identifying individuals under search notices.
4. Crime Prevention and Law Enforcement: The report outlines a decline in crime rates and a high crime resolution rate. It covers extensive efforts in combating various types of crime, including drug trafficking, cybercrimes, illegal immigration, and financial crimes. DGSN’s collaboration with other security services and international partners is highlighted in these efforts.
5. Scientific and Technical Police: The Scientific and Technical Police Laboratory maintained its ISO 17025 certification, contributing to the quality of forensic examinations. The report details the increase in various types of forensic examinations conducted.
6. International Security Cooperation: DGSN continued to strengthen international security cooperation, participating in various international conferences and meetings. This included collaboration with several international organizations and security agencies.
7. Road Safety: There was an increase in traffic accidents and violations, but DGSN continued its partnership with the National Road Safety Agency to improve road safety measures and training.
8. Supporting Major Events: DGSN played a key role in securing major national and international events, including sports events and international conferences.
9. Police Training and Development: The report underscores the continued focus on training and professional development of police officers, including international training programs and cooperation with various institutions to integrate human rights principles into police training.
10. Employee Welfare and Motivation: DGSN focused on the welfare of its personnel, including promotions, transfers, and social support for officers and their families.
11. Health Services: The DGSN provided comprehensive health services to its personnel, including medical consultations and interventions, and plans for a pilot clinic.
12. Security Communication and Public Engagement: DGSN’s communication efforts were aimed at reinforcing public safety and improving its services. This included various communication activities, digital content, and public awareness programs.
13. Future Projects: DGSN plans to continue modernizing infrastructures and services, enhancing international cooperation, and focusing on training and development initiatives.
Overall, the report reflects DGSN’s commitment to improving public safety, enhancing service delivery, and professional development, while also focusing on technological advancement and international cooperation.
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