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Morocco struggles to tamp down radical Islam

The state has banned those who urge jihad against the West, but radical preachers are still able to get out their message. Each Friday, dozens of people gather for the Friday prayer at the mosque of Derb Ghellef, a popular district in Casablanca. Not far away, a couple of itinerant sellers display computer software and CDs of recorded sermons. “We mostly sell Egyptian and Saudi CDs,” says a young seller. “What we are selling is forbidden, but if we see the police coming, we pack up everything.” Six months after religious extremists carried out five suicide attacks in Casablanca, Moroccan authorities are struggling to regain control of the mosques and, more important, of religious theorists in the country. Full Story

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