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Authorities in Morocco are increasingly concerned about the impact of Moroccan jihadists returning from Syria.However, the Moroccan authorities are also exaggerating the terrorism threat to ensure the Interior Ministry consolidates its independence from the elected government and regains the impunity with which it used to act.Since Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the establishment of a caliphate, Moroccan members of ISIS have worked intensely to attract and recruit peers via social networking sites. The degree to which the assassination threats are serious, however, is difficult to gauge considering that the defected branches from AQIM lack sufficient human and logistical resources.In response to these threats, the Moroccan government issued a modified version of the anti-terrorism law on Sept. 11, 2014 . First and foremost, the ministry wants to send a message to the prime minister – and consequently the PJD – that due to the terrorism threat, the security forces should be free from their oversight.The Interior Ministry banned 25 of the group's activities in less than six months, and state media has ridiculed the association to tarnish its image.
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