US and Morocco to launch new initiative to address terrorism threat


The US and Morocco are set to launch a new initiative to address the growing threat posed by ISIS-inspired and linked homegrown violent extremists (HVEs).

The initiative will be implemented in partnership with the International Institute for Justice and the Rule of Law (IIJ).

Both the countries will work together to explore ways for stakeholders ‘to tackle these issues in a coordinated manner’.

Under the initiative, the US and Morocco will explore factors that are driving individuals to join terror groups and identify individuals becoming HVEs.

US Ambassador Edward M. Gabriel said: “Morocco has long been a leader in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism and a key ally of the US in addressing these issues in Africa and the Middle East.

"The US and Morocco are set to launch a new initiative to address the growing threat posed by ISIS-inspired and linked homegrown violent extremists (HVEs)."

"The US and Morocco are set to launch a new initiative to address the growing threat posed by ISIS-inspired and linked homegrown violent extremists (HVEs)."

“This latest initiative is further testament that Morocco is committed to working with the US and other partners to confront one of today’s most pressing challenges.”

The initiative also aims to promote interventions to dissuade or prevent individuals from becoming HVEs, as well as help stakeholders to detect and respond more effectively to threats.

A set of new 'Good Practices' will also be developed to support documents issued by the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF), The Hague-Marrakech Memorandum on Good Practices for a More Effective Response to the FTF Phenomenon.

Morocco is committed to promoting regional security and cooperates with the US and countries throughout Europe and the Middle East, as well as the Netherlands, on counterterrorism and other security efforts.