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Police stop Morocco protest

Moroccan authorities stopped human rights activists protesting outside parliament to demand the release of dissident journalists Soulaimane Raissouni, who is on a hunger strike,...

Spain speeds up Ceuta expulsions after migrant tide from Morocco ebbs

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Spanish authorities carried out mass expulsions of migrants on Wednesday from its North African enclave of Ceuta after thousands crossed from Morocco, as the...

About 5 000 Moroccans illegally enter Spain’s Ceuta enclave – government...

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An unusually large group of about 5 000 Moroccans, many of them minors or families, illegally swam into Spain’s northern African enclave of Ceuta...

Morocco recalls its ambassador to Berlin over Western Sahara

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Morocco recalled its ambassador to Berlin for consultations on Thursday in protest at what it described as Germany's "destructive attitude" towards Rabat's position on...

Morocco orders 300 VLRA light tactical vehicles

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The Royal Moroccan Armed Forces (RMAF) has ordered 300 VLRA-2 4x4 light tactical military vehicles from France to strengthen the firepower and mobility of...

IKE Strike Group operates with Morocco in Lightning Handshake

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The exercise enhances interoperability between the US and Moroccan Navies across multiple warfare areas, many of which include: surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, air and...

Morocco sees Sahel jihadists as magnet for local cells

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Jihadist groups in the nearby Sahel region, which recruit and train their followers online, represent Morocco’s biggest militant threat, the head of its counterterrorism...

Refugees’ frustration drives renewed Western Sahara conflict

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Generations of young Sahrawis have grown up in Algeria’s remote desert refugee camps largely forgotten by the outside world and now see no prospect...

Plans underway for African Lion, Africa’s biggest military exercise

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Militaries from the United States and Morocco met between 20 and 28 January to layout plans for the 17th episode of African Lion, scheduled...

Royal Moroccan Armed Forces

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Royal Moroccan Armed Forces 1. Order of battle 2. Overview 3. Defence economics 4. State of military forces 5. Country threat reports 6. Major external deployments 1. Order of Battle Total force...

ISS: Donald Trump leaves Joe Biden a booby trap

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Trump’s last-minute decision to recognise Morocco’s claim to Western Sahara presents the new US president with a dilemma. United States (US) President Joe Biden is...

USS Porter Completes Exercise Atlas Handshake with the Royal Moroccan Navy

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The US Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) participated in exercise Atlas Handshake with the Royal Moroccan Navy between 13 and...

Dozens of migrants scale fence into Spain’s Melilla enclave

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Dozens of migrants stormed into Spain’s North African enclave of Melilla early on Tuesday, scaling the high, razor-wired fence that separates it from Morocco,...

Navantia receives Moroccan Navy contract

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Spain’s Navantia has received a contract for an offshore patrol vessel for the Royal Moroccan Navy, which is believed to have ordered an Avante...

Canary Islands sees more than eight-fold increase in migrants in 2020

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The number of undocumented migrants arriving in Spain’s Canary Islands on rickety boats was more than eight times higher in 2020 than the previous...

Israel protest in Rabat halted

Moroccan authorities on Monday prevented a protest in the capital Rabat against the kingdom’s move to normalise ties with Israel following a deal brokered...

Morocco orders virtual parachute training system

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Morocco has ordered a virtual parachute training system from the United Kingdom’s Pennant International. In late October the company said the order covers one Student...

Moroccan Islamist groups reject normalizing ties with Israel

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Morocco’s main Islamist groups on Saturday rejected Rabat’s plan to normalize ties with Israel following a deal brokered by the United States. The religious branch...

Trump administration moves forward with $1 billion Moroccan arms deal

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President Donald Trump’s administration moved forward with $1 billion in sales of drones and precision-guided weapons to Morocco on Friday, sending a notice to...

Morocco joins other Arab nations agreeing to normalize Israel ties

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Israel and Morocco agreed on Thursday to normalize relations in a deal brokered with US help, making Morocco the fourth Arab country to set...

US nears sale of four sophisticated drones to Morocco – sources

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The United States is negotiating the sale of at least four sophisticated large aerial drones to Morocco, according to three US sources familiar with...

Morocco PM says Western Sahara wall at centre of dispute completed

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Morocco has finished building a sand barrier in a UN-monitored buffer zone in Western Sahara, Prime Minister Saad Eddine El Otmani told Reuters on...

Fears grow of new Western Sahara war between Morocco and Polisario...

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The Western Sahara’s Polisario Front group said on Friday that Morocco had broken their ceasefire and “ignited war”, but Rabat denied there had been...

US, Moroccan Generals launch planning for African Lion 21

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Leaders from Moroccan and US armies met on 13 November to discuss plans for conducting next year's African Lion, the largest military training exercise...

Morocco vows to clear Polisario blockade of Western Sahara road

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Morocco will clear the main road linking Western Sahara to Mauritania that has been blocked since 21 October by supporters of the Polisario independence...

AU Chair calls for calm between Sarahawi and Morocco

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Chairperson of the African Union (AU), President Cyril Ramaphosa, has been made aware of the growing tension between the Western Sahara and Morocco, arising...

Wave of migrant arrivals leaves 2 000 stranded at Gran Canaria...

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More than 2 000 African migrants were stranded in a dockside camp on the Spanish island of Gran Canaria on Tuesday after a wave...

Facebook removes ‘inauthentic’ networks spanning 8 nations

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Facebook on Friday said it has dismantled seven separate networks of fake accounts and pages on its platform that were active in Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt,...

Niger, Tunisia, Morocco to receive ex-US C-130Hs

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Three African countries will soon be receiving ex-United States C-130H Hercules transport aircraft under the Excess Defence Articles programme. According to the Excess Defence Articles...

Egyptian outcry stops concert by singer accused of rape

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A concert by Moroccan singer Saad Lamjarred, who has been repeatedly accused of rape, has been cancelled in Egypt after a social media outcry,...

USS Hershel “Woody” Williams, Royal Moroccan Navy conduct tracking exercise

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The Expeditionary Sea Base USS Hershel “Woody” Williams (ESB 4) conducted a tracking exercise with the Royal Moroccan Navy in the Atlantic Ocean on...

Lockheed Martin awarded contract for Moroccan Longbow radars

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Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman have been awarded a US Army contract for AH-64E Apache Longbow fire control radars for Morocco and three other...

Morocco rejects normalising ties with Israel -PM

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Moroccan Prime Minister Saad Dine El Otmani on Sunday rejected any normalisation of relations with Israel. “We refuse any normalisation with the Zionist entity because...

Lockheed Martin awarded contract for Moroccan F-16s

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Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract from the United States Department of Defence for F-16 fighters for Taiwan and Morocco, which will receive...

GE wins contract to supply Moroccan Apache engines

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General Electric Aviation will supply T700 turboshaft engines for Morocco’s 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters, which it ordered in June this year. Morocco will acquire...

Morocco arrests dissident journalist on rape and spy charges

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Moroccan police on Wednesday arrested a dissident journalist and charged him with rape and helping foreign spies, a prosecutor said, in a case worrying...

Moroccan Gendarmerie gets new H125s

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Morocco’s Gendarmerie has taken delivery of two new H125 helicopters from Airbus Helicopters, joining its fleet of nearly three dozen aircraft. The two H125s flew...

Morocco reportedly orders Sherpa armoured vehicles

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Morocco has apparently ordered 36 Sherpa armoured vehicles from France’s Arquus, in Light Scout and Light Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) models. This is according to...

Morocco rejects Amnesty’s allegations on spying on journalist

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Moroccan authorities on Friday rejected an Amnesty report saying they have spied on journalist Omar Radi using Israeli-made technology. Amnesty said it checked Radi’s phone...

Morocco orders AH-64 Apache attack helicopters

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Morocco has ordered 24 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters from Boeing in a deal worth $440 million, after requesting the aircraft in late 2019. The US...

Morocco used NSO’s spyware to snoop on journalist, Amnesty says

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Technology developed by Israeli cyber security company NSO Group was used by the Moroccan government to spy on journalist Omar Radi, a critic of...

Morocco to resume domestic flights starting 25 June

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Morocco will resume domestic flights starting 25 June, the state news agency said on Sunday, citing the ministry of tourism, air transport, handicrafts and...

Morocco acquiring new air defence systems

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Morocco’s government has approved a 192 million euro purchase of weapons from France’s MBDA, which are believed to be VL MICA air defence systems. Saad...

Moroccan smugglers embark on long new route to ship drugs to...

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With the usual routes to Europe closed by the coronavirus pandemic, Moroccan drug traffickers are making a circuitous journey involving food trucks and fishing...

US delivers vehicles to Moroccan Special Forces

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The United States has delivered 21 vehicles, worth more than $1 million, to Morocco’s Special Forces. The US military’s Africa Command said the vehicles were...

No police abuse in Moroccan lockdown

Morocco rejected allegations of police brutality enforcing a lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, after an official in UN High Commissioner for Human...

Moroccan prison is coronavirus hotspot

Sixty-eight people, mostly staff, have come down with coronavirus at a prison in southern Moroccan city Ouarzazate, prison authorities said, without reporting any deaths. Earlier...

Morocco requests Harpoon missiles

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Morocco has requested the sales of ten Boeing AGM-84L Harpoon Block II air-launched anti-ship missiles from the United States in a $62 million deal. The...

Prisoner release in Morocco

Morocco’s King Mohammed VI pardoned 5,654 prisoners and ordered measures to protect inmates from the coronavirus outbreak, the justice ministry said. Inmates to be released...

Arrests in Morocco over fake coronavirus news

Moroccan police arrested 12 people spreading rumours about the coronavirus, including a woman who used her YouTube channel to say the disease did not...