Morocco arrests six Daesh-linked extremist suspects

The suspects, aged between 22 and 28, were "supporters" of Daesh and suspected of planning "terrorist acts", the central bureau of investigations said in a statement. (DR/File Photo)
Updated 23 April 2019
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Morocco arrests six Daesh-linked extremist suspects

RABAT: Moroccan authorities said Tuesday they have arrested six suspected jihadists with links to Deash.
The suspects, aged between 22 and 28, were "supporters" of Daesh and suspected of planning "terrorist acts", the central bureau of investigations said in a statement.
They were arrested in the town of Sale near Rabat in a raid led by the bureau's anti-terrorism squad, during which electronic devices, bladed weapons and "extremist" manuscripts were found, it added.
Suspected extremist sympathisers are to go on trial in Sale next week for the murder of two Scandinavian women in Morocco's High Atlas mountains last December.
Morocco has been spared largescale extremist attacks since a 2011 bombing in Marrakesh's famed Jamaa El Fna Square that killed 17 people, mainly European tourists.
But each year authorities announce the dismantling of dozens of Daesh cells.


Oman trying to reduce US-Iran tensions: foreign ministry tweet

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Oman trying to reduce US-Iran tensions: foreign ministry tweet

  • ‘There is a danger that a war breaks out, hurting the whole world’
  • Tensions between the US and Iran have been building in the last few weeks

DUBAI: Oman is trying “with other parties” to reduce tensions between the United States and Iran, the Omani Foreign Ministry tweeted on Friday.

The tweet cited Yousuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, the sultanate’s minister responsible for foreign affairs, who met on Monday in Tehran with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

“There is a danger that a war breaks out, hurting the whole world ... Both parties, the American and the Iranian, are aware of the danger,” the tweet cited the Omani minister as saying in an interview with an Arabic publication.

Oman maintains friendly ties with both the United States and Iran and has previously been an important go-between for the two countries, which severed diplomatic relations in 1980. Washington and Tehran are in a protracted stand-off over Iran’s nuclear and missile programs.

Tensions have been building in the last few weeks. Washington has sent more military forces to the Middle East in a show of force against what US officials say are Iranian threats to its troops and interests in the region since the United States reinstated a range of economic sanctions against Iran.

President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday that Iran will not surrender to US pressure and will not abandon its goals, even if it is bombed.

Another country trying to avert a confrontation in the region is Iraq. Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi said on Tuesday that Baghdad would send delegations to Washington and Tehran to help reduce tensions.