Shaken by attacks, Morocco cracks down on militants

Morocco has launched a major legal crackdown on Islamic militants. At the same time, the US ally, once considered to be one of the most stable states in the Arab world, continues its struggle to integrate moderate Islamists into national politics.

A court last week imposed heavy sentences on Islamic militants involved in a wave of deadly terror attacks in Casablancalast May. The verdict in the trial of 87 presumed members of the extremist organization Salafia Jihadia was a harsh one – four men were sentenced to death, while 39 others will serve life sentences. Four Islamic clerics not directly involved in the bombings were also convicted of inciting the murder. Full Story

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