Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Morocco and Western Sahara

Academic journal article The Middle East Journal

Chronology: Morocco and Western Sahara

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Oct. 26: Spanish maritime rescue services found 14 bodies and rescued 17 survivors from a sunken boat carrying African migrants from Morocco. The survivors said the boat originally held about 70 individuals. [AJE, 12/14]

Nov. 1: The interior ministry announced that it dismantled a militant cell in Tunisia. Reportedly, the militants planned to establish a training camp and conduct attacks in the Rif mountains. Officials caught nine individuals associated with the terror cell following the arrest of two Islamist militants. [BBC, 11/1]

Nov. 21: Moroccan police broke up a crowd of over 1,000 unemployed Islamist and secular students in central Rabat at the second labor protest in one week. Protesters claimed the government broke its promise to produce more jobs and expressed particular resentment toward government jobs in the Western Sahara. This employment initiative aimed to garner support in the contentious territory. [Reuters, 11/21]

Nov. 24: Officials broke up a militant cell responsible for recruiting and training youths to fight in Mali. …

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