Moroccan soldiers patrol the United Nations square in Casablanca, Morocco, Dec. 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Abdeljalil Bounhar)
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Moroccan intelligence services are playing a central role in Europe's effort to uncover extremist threats – and doubling down with their own security ahead of New Year's festivities.Marrakech was the site of a bomb attack in 2011 that killed 17 people, mainly vacationing Westerners.At least six of the 12 people known to have been directly linked with the Paris attacks were French or Belgian citizens of Moroccan descent, some of whom had traveled to Syria.The interview was published as Belgian authorities arrested two men suspected of planning Paris-style attacks during the holiday season. It was not known whether Morocco had a role in that tipoff. The Judicial Investigations bureau was created in March and touted as a Moroccan FBI, part of a gradual increase in security that was visibly stepped up after the Paris attacks and with the approach of the New Year. Morocco is also dealing with its own jitters.
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