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Morocco Arrests

Eleven arrests in Morocco announced today … members of an alleged terrorist cell involved in sending people to fight in Iraq and train at AQ camps in Algeria.

Among their number is a Moroccan resident in Belgium. Among the accusations levelled at the cell is that it was planning terrorist acts in Belgium.

A spokesperson for the Federal Prosecutor in Brussels, who’s authorised to speak on security and terrorism cases, says the arrests were as much news to them as they were to everybody else.

Belgium has worked hard to develop its CT relationship with Morocco, stationing a magistrate and a liaison officer there specifically to facilitate information exchange on terror threats. It’s safe to assume there was more than a little frustration in the upper echelons of Belgium’s police and security organisations this morning that they’d been kept in the dark over this alleged plot.
By Andrew Carey
If the Morrocans didn't share the scoop with us, they might have some reasons. May be they had channel issues. May be they didn't know a Belgian Morrocan would be arrested until the end. Or may be they just felt confident doing it that way. What about saying thank you?
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