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  Islamist terrorism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The group was formed in the aftermath of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan but has, as one of its primary objectives, the overthrow of the royal family of Saudi Arabia.
These groups refer to suicide bomber attacks as martyrdom operations and the suicides are characterized as shohada (plural of "shahid").
Further, democracy and freedom outside Islamic boundaries is seen as a direct threat to 'true Islam', with pornography, promiscuity, money-worship, and the acceptance of 'heretics and the immoral' (homosexuals, feminism, non-believers, etc.) seen as inevitable consequences.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Islamist_terrorism   (1966 words)

  
 Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (Groupe Islamique Combattant Marocain, or GICM) is an extremist Islamic fundamentalist group operating in North Africa and suspected of having links with al-Qaida.
The group emerged in the late 1990s, apparently drawing on Moroccan jihadists who had fought or trained in Afghanistan.
It was named by Spanish interior minister Angel Acebes as the "priority" for investigations into the 11 March 2004 Madrid attacks, although he insisted that the possible involvement of other terrorist organisations had not been ruled out.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Moroccan_Islamic_Combatant_Group   (233 words)

  
 SignOnSanDiego.com > News > World -- Spain says focus of bombing probe is Moroccan extremist group
Moroccan investigators also have said another extremist group – Salafia Jihadia – was a focus of the probe.
The Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group is a forerunner to the Salafia Jihadia and is considered the first radical jihad movement in Morocco.
Moroccan authorities told The Associated Press that Mejjati was convicted in absentia after the Casablanca bombings.
www.signonsandiego.com /news/world/20040330-0618-spain-bombings.html   (799 words)

  
 Boston.com / News / World / Europe / Spain probe eyes Moroccan group
The Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, forerunner of a group blamed for last year's suicide bombings in Casablanca, is now the "priority," Interior Minister Angel Acebes said -- a reversal of the government's initial statements that the prime suspects were Basque separatists.
The group had surfaced in Spanish news reports, but this was the first time a Spanish government official publicly identified it as the focus of investigation into the March 11 commuter train bombings.
Moroccan investigators also have said another extremist group -- Salafia Jihadia -- was a focus of the probe.
www.boston.com /news/world/europe/articles/2004/03/31/spain_probe_eyes_moroccan_group   (578 words)

  
 Guardian | Moroccan extremists named as Madrid bombing suspects   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The group had already surfaced in news reports, but this was the first time a Spanish government official has cited it publicly as suspected of carrying out the March 11 attacks that killed 191 people and injured 1,800.
Moroccan investigators have also said they are focusing on two principal extremist groups - the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group and Salafia Jihadia.
The Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group is believed to be a predecessor to Salafia Jihadia and is considered to be the first radical jihad movement in Morocco.
www.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,4891539-103482,00.html   (218 words)

  
 Boston.com / News / World / Europe / Man held in Madrid thought to be militant group's leader in Europe
MADRID -- A Moroccan held in the March 11 train attacks in Madrid may be the leader in Europe of a militant Islamist group accused of carrying out the Casablanca bombings in 2003, a source close to the investigation said yesterday.
The shadowy Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, or MICG, is suspected of playing a role in the Madrid attacks, which killed 191 people, as well as the May 2003 bombings in Casablanca, in which 12 suicide bombers and 33 others were killed.
MICG goals include "establishing an Islamic state in Morocco and supporting Al Qaeda [holy war] against the West," according to the State Department.
www.boston.com /news/world/europe/articles/2004/12/20/man_held_in_madrid_thought_to_be_militant_groups_leader_in_europe   (471 words)

  
 CTV.ca - Madrid probe names Moroccan extremist group- CTV News, Shows and Sports -- Canadian Television
"Investigators' priority is the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group," Interior Minister Angel Acebes said, in a definitive reversal of the government's initial statements that the prime suspects in the March 11 commuter train bombings were Basque separatists.
The Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, forerunner of a group blamed for last year's suicide bombings in Casablanca, Morocco, had surfaced in Spanish news reports but this was the first time a Spanish government official said publicly that it was the main focus of the Madrid attack.
Acebes said witness testimony and discovery of a rural house where the attackers were believed to have assembled the backpack bombs used in the attacks have led investigators closer to unravelling the plot behind the bombings, which killed 191 people and injured more than 1,800.
www.ctv.ca /servlet/ArticleNews/print/CTVNews/1080655834374_2?hub=TopStories&subhub=PrintStory   (757 words)

  
 Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group -- Facts, Info, and Encyclopedia article   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Its goals reportedly include establishing an Islamic state in (A kingdom (constitutional monarchy) in northwestern Africa with a largely Muslim population; achieved independence from France in 1956) Morocco.
The group emerged in the late (The decade from 1990 to 1999) 1990s, apparently drawing on Moroccan jihadists who had fought or trained in (A mountainous landlocked country in central Asia; bordered by Iran to the west and Russia to the north and Pakistan to the east and south) Afghanistan.
(A fundamentalist Islamic revivalist movement generally characterized by moral conservatism and the literal interpretation of the Koran and the attempt to implement Islamic values in all aspects of life) Islamism
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/M/Mo/Moroccan_Islamic_Combatant_Group.htm   (323 words)

  
 Group linked to Madrid attacks has sleeping cells in Europe, Canada: report - EUbusiness   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
An extremist group implicated in the bloody Madrid attacks in March and in the Moroccan economic hub Casablanca last May has sleeping cells in Europe and Canada, a Moroccan newspaper said on Friday.
Daily Aujourdhui Le Maroc quoted Moroccan "investigators" as saying a senior figure in the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM), Noureddine Nfia, had told them of the existence of GICM sleeping cells in Britain, Belgium, France, Italy and Canada.
The group, which advocates a very literal interpretation of the Koran, is believed to have been created in the 1990s by Moroccans and Libyans in Afghan and Pakistani training camps.
www.eubusiness.com /afp/040416153055.6b8rthc9   (571 words)

  
 Spain names Moroccan group as main focus of Madrid bombing probe   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
The Spanish government named a Moroccan extremist group linked to al-Qaida as the main focus of the Madrid bombing probe and said Tuesday that investigators were making swift progress.
The Spanish news agency Efe said Abdelkrim Mejjati, a 36-year-old Moroccan reportedly believed to have masterminded the attack, was among the five being sought.
Moroccan authorities have said Mejjati was linked to the suicide bombings in Casablanca last May, but that his role in the Madrid attack was unclear.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/03/30/international1317EST0631.DTL&type=printable   (771 words)

  
 Judge issues five international arrest warrants in Madrid bombings   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Among the five suspects sought is Abdelkrim Mejjati, a 36-year-old Moroccan who was convicted in absentia in the deadly bombings in Casablanca last year and is no longer believed to be in Morocco.
That extremist group is a forerunner of Salafia Jihadia, which Morocco blamed for the Casablanca bombings.
Moroccan authorities have told The Associated Press it was unclear what role Mejjati played in the Madrid bombings.
www.sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/news/archive/2004/03/31/international0654EST0502.DTL   (647 words)

  
 Internet Haganah::Haganah b' Internet   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Spain's interior minister on Tuesday named a Moroccan extremist group for the first time as the main focus of the probe into the Madrid terror bombings.
The group has surfaced in Spanish news reports but this was the first time Acebes or any other Spanish official had cited it publicly as possibly behind the attacks that left 191 dead.
Salafia Jihadia is accused by the Moroccan government of organizing five nearly simultaneous attacks on May 16, 2003, in Casablanca, Morocco, that killed 45 people, including 12 suicide bombers.
haganah.org.il /harchives/001683.html   (332 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Islamic group names Western countries that could be next targets   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
CAIRO (AP) — The Islamic militant group that claimed responsibility for last week's Madrid train bombings has warned that its next targets could be the United States, Japan, Italy, Britain or Australia, an Arabic newspaper reported Thursday.
In the past, the group has claimed responsibility for events to which they were not connected — such as last summer's flouts in North America and Britain.
Moroccan authorities have said the emerging evidence in the Madrid attacks points toward Ansar al-Islam, a guerrilla group blamed for terrorist strikes in Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and Morocco.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2004-03-18-spain-morocco_x.htm   (611 words)

  
 Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM)
It is believed that Moroccans volunteers trained at camps in Afghanistan commonly associated with Al-Qaida, and by the end of the nineties those that had been trained there began refering to themselves as the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group.
Moroccans associated with the GICM are part of the support network of the broader international jihadist movement.
GICM is one of the groups believed to be involved in planning the Casablanca suicide bombings in May 2003.
www.globalsecurity.org /military/world/para/gicm.htm   (305 words)

  
 Crosswalk.com - France Rounds Up Terror Suspects
This same group is also under suspicion of ties to the March bomb attacks in Madrid that killed 191 people.
Khadija Mohsen-Finan, a researcher at IFRI (French Institute of International Relations) says she is not surprised that the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group has ties to Islamic groups in France and Spain.
Mohsen-Finan, a sociologist, says Islamic radicals based in Europe are often immigrants from poor neighborhoods and feel frustrated because they cannot take part in the globalization of the culture around them.
www.crosswalk.com /news/1255817.html   (558 words)

  
 In the Spotlight: Moroccan Combatant Group (GICM)
The Spanish government immediately blamed the separatist group Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA); however, subsequent investigations have led to the belief that the bombings were carried out not by ETA but by the Moroccan Combatant Group (GICM from its French acronym) – the terrorist organization believed to be behind attacks in Morocco a year earlier.
There is no definitive answer about who the group’s leader is, and a string of arrests spanning Europe has led more to conjecture that this GICM may be a pseudonym for a larger web of terrorists with links to al Qaeda and the international jihadist movement.
This organization split into two factions, and one of the groups that emerged came to be known as the Moroccan Combatant Group (GICM).
cdi.org /program/document.cfm?DocumentID=2227&from_page=../index.cfm   (1023 words)

  
 Scotsman.com News - Latest News - Investigators Pinpoint Moroccan Group for Madrid Attacks
The Spanish government today named a Moroccan extremist group for the first time as the main focus of the Madrid bombing probe and said investigators were making swift progress.
They are a Moroccan, two Syrians and Antonio Toro Castro, the brother-in-law of a Spaniard charged with supplying dynamite to the bombers.
Salafia Jihadia was accused by the Moroccan government of organising five near-simultaneous attacks in Casablanca last May that killed 45 people, including 12 suicide bombers.
www.buzztracker.org /2004/03/31/cache/130626.html   (759 words)

  
 Scotsman.com News - Latest News - Madrid Bombing Probe Focuses on Moroccan Group
The Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, forerunner of a group blamed for last year’s suicide bombings in Casablanca, is now the “priority”, interior minister Angel Acebes said yesterday – a reversal of the government’s initial statements that the prime suspects were Basque separatists.
Mr Acebes said witness testimony and the discovery of a rural house where the attackers were believed to have assembled the backpack bombs used in the attacks have led investigators closer to unravelling the plot behind the bombings, which killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,800.
Salafia Jihadia was accused by the Moroccan government of organising the five near-simultaneous attacks in Casablanca that killed 45 people, including 12 suicide bombers.
www.buzztracker.org /2004/03/31/cache/130820.html   (684 words)

  
 CBS News | Madrid Hunt Targets Moroccan Group | April 1, 2004 09:18:40
The group has surfaced in Spanish news reports but this was the first time Acebes or any other Spanish official has said publicly that it was possibly behind the March 11 attacks.
Moroccan investigators also have named the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group along with Salafia Jihadia as the principal extremist groups they were focusing on.
The Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group is a forerunner to the Salafia Jihadia and is regarded as the first radical jihad movement in Morocco.
www.cbsnews.com /stories/2004/04/01/world/main609787.shtml   (856 words)

  
 Group threatens to turn Spain into ‘inferno’ - U.S. Security - MSNBC.com
The group said it had showed its force with the “blessed attacks of March 11” and the planting of a bomb along the high-speed railway line linking Madrid and the Seville last week, which did not explode.
Ansar al-Islam is an Islamic extremist guerrilla group blamed for terrorist strikes in Iraq, Jordan, Turkey and Morocco.
Authorities also have said they are focusing on the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, which also has links to al-Qaida and is believed connected to Ansar al-Islam, blamed for last year's Casablanca bombings, which killed 45 people including 12 suicide bombers.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/4651993   (810 words)

  
 iafrica.com | news | world news Six men investigated over Casablanca
Six men believed to have links to the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM) were placed under investigation in France on Thursday and Friday on charges of conspiracy with "terrorist" activities related to the suicide bombings in Casablanca in May 2003, officials said.
The group is also the prime suspect in the March 11 train bombings in Madrid.
The six were among a group of 13 people picked up by French counter-espionage agents in and around Paris earlier this week as part of the probe into the Casablanca bombings.
iafrica.com /news/worldnews/315332.htm   (366 words)

  
 The Scotsman - Top Stories - Madrid bomb mastermind killed in raid   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-09)
Sarhane Ben Abdelmajid Fakhet, 35, the Tunisian accused of spearheading the attacks on 11 March that killed 191 people, was among the dead in the thunderous explosion as police prepared to storm their apartment in the suburb of Leganes, south of Madrid, said Angel Acebes, Spain’s interior minister, yesterday.
"The core of the group that carried out the attacks is either arrested or dead in yesterday’s collective suicide, including the head of the operative commando unit," he said.
The investigation into the attacks has focused on the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group, which has links to the al-Qaeda terror network and is related to a group suspected of last year’s bombings in Casablanca which killed 45 people, including 12 suicide bombers.
thescotsman.scotsman.com /index.cfm?id=384932004   (885 words)

  
 Guardian | French police arrest 13 terrorist suspects
The suspects are also alleged to be members of a Moroccan Islamist group named in connection with last month's train bombings in Spain.
They are suspected of being members of the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group," the statement said.
The Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group is a militant organisation believed to be tied to Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida network.
www.guardian.co.uk /print/0,3858,4895646-110633,00.html   (274 words)

  
 Middle East Online
RABAT - The Moroccan group accused of carrying out the Madrid train bombings in March and the Casablanca suicide bombings last year is a "derivative structure" of Al-Qaeda, a press report here said Tuesday.
Quoting the "confessions" of a Moroccan Islamic extremist, the newspaper Aujourd'hui le Maroc said the leader of the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM) told interrogators that the group is "a derivative structure of Al-Qaeda whose militants are supporters steeped in the murderous themes of the Saudi guru (Osama bin Laden)."
The pro-government paper cited the record of August 2003 police investigations, which it had obtained, containing "revelations" by Noureddine Nfia, who was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the May 2003 Casablanca attacks that claimed 45 lives.
www.middle-east-online.com /english?id=9727=9727&format=0   (346 words)

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