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  Attacks on the Press 2003: Mideast
In the aftermath of the attacks, the government ordered at least four newspapers closed and detained or imprisoned five journalists.
In a case launched earlier in 2003 before the Casablanca attacks, Lmrabet was convicted and jailed on May 21, five days after the bombings.
While the state’s clampdown on the media intensified after the Casablanca attacks, the implementation of new restrictive measures had been going on for some time.
www.cpj.org /attacks03/mideast03/morocco.html   (1036 words)

 Casablanca court gets tough: Africa: News: News24
Casablanca, Morocco - A court in Morocco has called for the death sentence for three Islamic fundamentalist preachers, two of whom are said to be the brains behind the extremist group behind suicide attacks here in May, legal sources said Wednesday.
The devastating attacks in Casablanca were the first carried out in Morocco, which prides itself on its moderate form of Islam.
Danish national Omar Maarouf was one of 10 members of Salafia Jihadia sentenced to death in Casablanca on July 12 for various murders and attacks prior to the Casablanca attacks.
www.news24.com /News24/Africa/News/0,6119,2-11-1447_1420660,00.html   (381 words)

 Morocco: slums breed jihad, by Selma Belaala
The Si Larbi mosque in Sidi Moumen, on the outskirts of Casablanca, resembles the one in Salé.
Attacks on mokadems (neighbourhood police), local worthies and state officials in Fez, Meknes and other towns have been extended indiscriminately to other professions and social strata.
In Casablanca, the number is almost 300,000, 8.6% of the population (greater Casablanca has 6 million inhabitants): www.bladi.com, 9 September 2003.
mondediplo.com /2004/11/04moroccoislamists   (2893 words)

 Al-Ahram Weekly | Opinion | Qualifying Al-Qa'eda   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
In the midst of the global panic -- heightened by the scope of the attacks, the number of participants, and the great many victims -- several questions were raised, and answers provided, about the nature of the attacks and their significance for the near future.
The Anglo-American attack on Iraq, and Iraq's subsequent occupation, is the central event that might have engendered the attacks.
That the attacks in Casablanca targeted Spanish interests as well also demonstrates the importance of putting the operation in the context of the occupation of Iraq: Spain was one of the most enthusiastic supporters of the war.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2003/639/op16.htm   (1466 words)

 BBC NEWS | World | Africa | Terror blasts rock Casablanca
The attacks on Friday night targeted a Jewish community centre, a Spanish restaurant and social club, a hotel and the Belgian consulate.
Moroccan Interior Minister Mustapha Sahel said the attacks "bear the hallmark of international terrorism", adding that 10 suicide bombers were among those killed.
"Casablanca is a town in shock, Morocco is a country in shock.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/world/africa/3035803.stm   (745 words)

 Islam Online- News Section   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
CASABLANCA, May 17 (IslamOnlin.net and News Agencies) - At least 41 people were killed and scores more wounded in a string of bomb blasts that rocked Morocco's largest city Casablanca, leaving a trail of bloody carnage as the world was on alert for terror attacks.
"Fifteen people hurt in the attacks Friday night have died from their injuries, bringing the death toll to 39," the Casablanca prefecture was quoted by the official MAP news agency as saying.
He said there were similarities between the attacks in Casablanca and those in Saudi Arabia on Monday, May 12, in which at least 34 people were killed.
www.islamonline.net /english/News/2003-05/17/article01.shtml   (849 words)

 Al-Qaeda did Morocco blasts: police - BreakingNews   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Last year's deadly bomb attacks in Morocco's commercial hub Casablanca were carried out by Moroccan members of al-Qaeda who were financed by the extremist group, the head of Morocco's police force said in an interview.
Of course, attacks are always possible," he said before adding "these small Islamic groups do not have the support of the population".
The MICG is a shadowy organisation believed to be involved in the Casablanca attacks and the deadly March 11 commuter train bombings in Madrid.
www.theage.com.au - !http: //www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/05/08/1083911443505.html   (464 words)

 Middle East Online
Forty-five people died in that attack, including 12 suicide bombers - mostly from the ramshackle slums that dot Casablanca's outskirts, said to be ideal breeding grounds for all forms of radicalism.
Since it was enacted, 16 people have been sentenced to death for their key roles in the Casablanca attacks, and several more have been sentenced to long terms of imprisonment, often for "helping to prepare terrorist acts" and belonging to the banned Salafia Jihadia Muslim extremist group.
Although the arm of the law has been very long in rounding up suspects and pronouncing guilty verdicts in connection with the Casablanca attacks, officials here say their investigation into the series of suicide bombings are far from over.
www.middle-east-online.com /english/morocco/?id=9293   (588 words)

 Al-Qaeda ‘Planning More Attacks’
The Washington Post, meanwhile, said in a report that the Saudi bombings and other recent attacks were conducted by “regular Al-Qaeda folks” who have moved into positions of authority because previous leaders have been killed or captured.
French political analyst Olivier Roy blamed the Casablanca attacks on Al-Qaeda and saw them as a sign of the network’s strike capacity and resolve.
“These attacks are a response to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” he argued, citing a string of messages attributed to Al-Qaeda leader Bin Laden that called on Muslims to unleash jihad on the United States and its allies.
www.informationclearinghouse.info /article3434.htm   (458 words)

 Asia Times
At a tactical level, it is useful to note that the attacks in Riyadh and Casablanca reflected very poor economies of scale from the terrorists' perspective.
The countries where these attacks were mounted have now been lost as secure bases for the terrorists as their governments abandon their past postures of ambivalence and tacit support to the Islamist extremist factions.
For all their defects as authoritarian oligarchies, these countries - with their scant regard for human rights and judicial processes, as well as the barbaric punishments they inflict - are far better equipped to neutralize terrorists once they decide to do so, than democratic nation-states ever will be.
www.atimes.com /atimes/South_Asia/EE28Df02.html   (981 words)

 USATODAY.com - Moroccan official: Casablanca attacks linked to al-Qaeda   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
RABAT, Morocco (AP) — The suicide bombers responsible for attacks in Casablanca in May that killed 44 people had direct ties to al-Qaeda and were part of a network of Islamic extremists planning other operations in the country, a Moroccan official said.
Authorities had intelligence early this spring that attacks were being planned, and placed the country under maximum terrorist alert in March, the official said.
Prosecutors last week dropped their case against him in connection with the Casablanca attacks after the investigation showed he was not directly involved.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2003-07-04-morocco-al-qaeda_x.htm   (585 words)

 KOLO | Five Suspect Identified In Spain Bombings
Since the attacks, investigators have focused on Zougam, a Moroccan immigrant who was arrested Saturday with two other Moroccans and two Indians.
The death toll from Thursday's commuter train attacks in the Spanish capital rose to 201 with the death of a 45-year-old woman, authorities said.
A possible link between them and Casablanca gained credibility Tuesday after French investigator Jean-Charles Brisard said he has found a direct tie between Zougam and Mohamed Fizazi, a spiritual leader of Salafia Jihadia, which allegedly was behind the Casablanca attack and which has been linked to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terror network.
www.kolotv.com /home/headlines/654356.html   (1133 words)

 CNN.com - Suspected Moroccan bomber detained - May. 19, 2003
Moroccan officials said the attacks claimed another life Sunday when a Spaniard, wounded in one of the blasts, died of his wounds.
The terrace of the Casa de España restaurant in Casablanca was wrecked in the bombings.
Just days before the Casablanca attacks, King Mohamed VI issued a general amnesty that included the release of three Saudis suspected of being al Qaeda operatives.
cnn.com /2003/WORLD/africa/05/18/morocco.arrests/index.html   (707 words)

 Suspect in Madrid Bombings Was Under Scrutiny in 3 Countries
A key suspect in the Madrid terror attacks came under close scrutiny from law-enforcement and intelligence officials in at least three countries last year after bombings by Islamic militants in the Moroccan city of Casablanca, European law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
Two survivors of the attacks have since told the police they think that they saw him on one of the trains, but one official said investigators remained skeptical of the witness accounts.
Zougam had any role in the Casablanca attacks, in which 12 suicide bombers and 32 other people were killed in synchronized strikes against targets that included a Spanish social club.
www.propagandamatrix.com /170304underscrutiny.html   (1017 words)

 Spain on hunt for Moroccans / Officials search for ties to 2003 Casablanca attacks
In the aftermath of Casablanca blasts, Spanish and Moroccan authorities began monitoring Zougam and his half-brother, Mohamed Chaoui, because of their contacts with Moroccan extremists arrested in that case, the senior official said.
There is another apparent thread connecting the Sept. 11 case, the Casablanca attacks and the Madrid train bombings: a Moroccan imam named Mohamed Fizazi who is serving a 30-year sentence in Morocco.
Fizazi served as the spiritual leader of Salafia Jihadia, a clandestine Moroccan extremist group that is suspected of involvement in the Casablanca attacks.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/03/17/MNGEQ5MBKA1.DTL   (867 words)

 Morocco / Western Sahara - Amnesty International
Forty-five people were killed in several bomb attacks in Casablanca on 16 May. The authorities intensified their clampdown on suspected Islamist activists, begun in 2002, passing a new “anti-terrorist” law on 28 May. Judicial proceedings were brought against over 1,500 people suspected of involvement with the attacks or other “terrorist”; activities.
Following the 16 May bomb attacks, a new law on “combating terrorism” was adopted by parliament and entered into force on 28 May. The law contained a broad and unspecific definition of “terrorism”.
In the wake of the May attacks in Casablanca, several journalists were sentenced to up to three years’ imprisonment on charges such as disseminating false information and inciting violence after publishing the views of suspected Islamists.
web.amnesty.org /report2004/mar-summary-eng   (1763 words)

 39 dead in Casablanca bomb attacks - theage.com.au
The death toll from a string of suicide bombings in the Moroccan city of Casablanca overnight has risen to 39, according to latest figures published by the local authorities today.
He said that the worst attack was at Casablanca's Casa de Espana Hispanic cultural centre.
Western countries, alarmed by a huge increase in intercepted communications indicating that al-Qaeda-related terrorist attacks may be imminent, have put their citizens on alert in the Middle East, East Africa and Southeast Asia.
www.theage.com.au /articles/2003/05/17/1052885437611.html   (733 words)

 The attacks on Casablanca [Voltaire]
Actually, the attacks could be linked with the issue of Western Sahara and would have been used by the monarchy to silence an Islamic party that all regard as winner of the upcoming municipal elections.
Since the first hours after the attacks, the versions given by the media were very confusing not only as to the targets but also as to the modus operandi of the terrorists.
In any case, it is undeniable that the attacks on Casablanca took place in the worst moment for the Moroccan government, amid diplomatic negotiations of the new Baker plan about this issue.
www.voltairenet.org /article30409.html   (3321 words)

 Tape says al-Qaida behind Saudi bombings
If authentic, the video would be the first al-Qaida claim of responsibility for the suicide attacks on foreign housing compounds in Riyadh, which killed 26 people and nine attackers, and bombings in Casablanca that killed 43 people and 12 attackers.
The speaker in the tape says al-Qaida is active and planning new attacks this month, saying, "Osama is alive and in Afghanistan." Though he suggests the attacks will take place in Afghanistan, he also points to wider operations.
In the 35-minute video, the speaker is seen seated on a straw mat on the floor of a brick mud hut with a Kalashnikov assault rifle by his side as he read from several sheets of paper.
www.chinadaily.com.cn /en/doc/2003-06/22/content_240208.htm   (799 words)

 afrol News - Terrorist attacks on Casablanca kill at least 39
The attacks were against Spanish, Jewish and Belgian installations and "bear the stamp of international terrorism," according to Moroccan Interior Minister, El Mostapha Sahel.
The Spanish government was one of Washington's fiercest allies in the preparations to its attack on Iraq.
While yesterday's attacks not were a direct attack on the country's fragile economy - rather on its foreign policies - they are bound to have a negative impact on Morocco's main source of foreign revenues; tourism.
www.afrol.com /articles/12985   (691 words)

 washingtonpost.com: Madrid Probe Turns to Islamic Cell in Morocco
While Benyaich was not involved in the Casablanca bombings, the officials said he had been working in northern Morocco with a group of Islamic militants that was planning attacks on a movie theater and synagogue in Fez and a casino and synagogue in Tangier.
Shortly after the Casablanca attacks, Benyaich was arrested in Spain on charges of membership in a terrorist organization.
But investigators suspect that the roots of the Madrid attacks lie in the Tangier experiments and that Zougam moved forward after Benyaich and other expatriate Islamic militants he knew were arrested in Spain.
www.washingtonpost.com /ac2/wp-dyn/A9282-2004Mar19?language=printer   (987 words)

 Al-Ahram Weekly | Region | Thunderbolt in Casablanca   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-12)
Those who carried out the attacks are not alive to see the damage they have caused their country," lamented the shop-owner, expressing a sentiment that seemed to prevade the country.
If a link between the Casablanca attacks and Al-Qa'eda is established, then Mubarak's warning would prove to have been prophetic; a wake-up call for those who were asserting that Al-Qa'eda is a spent force.
Moroccan authorities had singled out radical Islamists for responsibility for the attacks, saying that the Friday night bombers are linked to some elements currently being tried at the Appeal Court in Casablanca.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2003/639/re4.htm   (1022 words)

 Morocco attacks fit terror pattern | csmonitor.com
CASABLANCA, MOROCCO – It is hard to find a Moroccan who understands the motivations of the 14 "kamikazes" who stormed a restaurant, a hotel and three other downtown locales late last week, leaving horror and broken lives in their wake.
Linking the Morocco attacks to Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network, he insists that Morocco and the rest of the Arab world are headed for more mayhem at Al Qaeda's hands unless repressive governments like his own ease their grip on moribund economies and corrupt political systems.
Though officials are questioning two Egyptians in connection with the attacks, which killed 41 civilians, they have identified a majority of the 14 suicide bombers, two of whom survived, as locals.
www.csmonitor.com /2003/0521/p06s02-wome.html   (1117 words)

 Morocco Rounds Up Blast Suspects - CBS News
Agents have detained “several dozen” militants in Casablanca, Fez and Tangier on suspicion at least two Moroccan Islamic groups were behind the deadly blasts, officials said.
Police, who set up checkpoints on roads into Casablanca, were trying to determine if the attackers were linked to a known extremist group Salafia Jihadia, which is accused of ties to al Qaeda.
The attacks, which came just four days after similar terror attacks on Western targets in the Saudi capital of Riyadh that killed 34 people, appeared to target mainly Jewish and Spanish interests.
uttm.com /stories/2003/05/16/terror/main554365.shtml   (1022 words)

 World Tribune.com: Morocco arrests 35 tied to Al Qaida attacks in Casablanca
Authorities said a police officer and an insurgent were killed in a shootout during one of the raids over the weekend.
The detainees were said to have included leading fugitives sought by Morocco in wake of the suicide strikes in Casablanca last year.
Security sources told the official Moroccan news agency that the insurgents were part of Al Qaida's nerve center that helped plan the suicide attacks in Casablanca, Middle East Newsline reported.
www.worldtribune.com /worldtribune/WTARC/2004/af_morocco_01_28.html   (237 words)

 deseretnews.com | London's long been a crossroads of terror
Among them were terrorists involved in attacks in Madrid, Casablanca, Saudi Arabia, Israel and in the Sept. 11 plot.
Investigators examining Thursday's attacks, which left at least 49 dead and 700 injured, are pursuing a theory that the bombers were part of a homegrown sleeper cell, which may or may not have had foreign support for the bomb-making phase of the operation.
Another senior intelligence official, based in Europe, said the fear was that there would be additional attacks in other European cities by homegrown sleeper cells that are inspired by al-Qaida and by the attacks in Casablanca, Madrid and now London.
deseretnews.com /dn/view/0,1249,600147526,00.html   (1957 words)

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