Morocco dismantles cell sending jihadists to Mali

Updated 24 November 2012
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Morocco dismantles cell sending jihadists to Mali

RABAT: Morocco’s Interior Minister says that security forces have dismantled a militant cell sending young men to fight for organizations linked to Al-Qaeda in northern Mali.
The statement issued Saturday said the cell had inculcated more than 20 Moroccans with Al-Qaeda ideology and sent them to northern Mali after smuggling them across the closed border with Algeria.
Once in Mali they joined one of the two Al-Qaeda linked organizations operating in the north.
One man was caught trying to sneak back into Morocco to perform acts of sabotage, the statement added.
Morocco frequently announces dismantling small cells planning terrorist attacks inspired by Al-Qaeda, but the terror network is not believed to have a real presence in this North African kingdom of 32 million.


Turkey suspends over 250 local officials for ‘terror links’

Updated 15 October 2018
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Turkey suspends over 250 local officials for ‘terror links’

  • Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu removed 259 local neighborhood heads
  • Turkey has suspended or sacked over 140,000 public sector employees because of alleged links to the US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen blamed for the July 2016 failed coup

ANKARA: Turkey has suspended more than 250 senior local officials over alleged terror links and activities unrelated to their posts, the interior ministry said on Monday, in the latest purge of the country’s bureaucracy.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu removed 259 local neighborhood heads — known as “muhtar” in Turkish — from their posts, his office said in a statement.
It did not provide further detail on what terror organizations the officials were allegedly linked to.
The muhtar is the elected chief of a village or a city neighborhood, and responsible for day-to-day services for residents such as registration.
Turkey has suspended or sacked over 140,000 public sector employees because of alleged links to the US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen blamed for the July 2016 failed coup and Kurdish militants.
Turkey claims Gulen ordered the coup but he denies the accusations.
Last week, the ministry suspended 559 village guards — locals employed to combat Kurdish militants — accused of links to terror organizations while 76 were accused of people trafficking and drug crimes.
Turkey has been fighting an insurgency against the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) since 1984.
The group is blacklisted as a terror group by Ankara and its Western allies.
Turkish authorities detained 137 people in country-wide operations earlier this month over alleged links to the PKK.