Thursday, September 25, 2014

Morocco Ramps Up Border Security

Military forces in Morocco have been increased on the border with Algeria, where yesterday a French citizen was beheaded by an Islamist group affiliated with ISIS

The Royal Gendarmerie has strengthened its positions at several border points in the south of Morocco, especially in the provinces of Smara, Laayoune and Dakhla, says Morocco World News. 

According to the Moroccan daily Al Massae, the General Command of the Royal Gendarmerie deployed reinforcements in the southern provinces aiming to increase the security at the kingdom’s borders with Algeria, after a jihadist group announced its allegiance to ISIS in Algeria.

The same source added that in addition to these measures, the Moroccan authorities are regularly carrying helicopter patrols along the borders to prevent any jihadists’ attempt from creeping into the Moroccan territories.

In response to the growing terrorist threats from the Sahel region, Morocco built 70-kilometer long fence equipped with electronic sensors to protect its territory against terrorist threats.

Herve Gourdel, 55, who was killed in Algeria 
The Algerian group “Jund al-Khilafa”, called Soldiers of the Caliphate, which pledges allegiance to the jihadist organization of the Islamic State (IS), kidnapped a French citizen, Herve Gourdel, aged 55, on Sunday September 21, in Tizi Ouzou, Algeria. Yesterday the group killed Mr Gourdel, 55, after its deadline for France to halt air strikes on ISIS in Iraq ran out.

French President Francois Hollande condemned the killing as a "cruel and cowardly" act.

He said that French air strikes which began on ISIS targets in Iraq last week would continue.

Speaking at the UN general assembly, Mr Hollande said that Mr Gourdel's abduction and decapitation was a barbaric act of terrorism which presented a problem not only for the region but also for the world.

He said the fight against terrorism should know no borders and that France was now in mourning.

For more on this, see Morocco World News and BBC News.

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