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‘Moussalaha’ is Morocco’s winning recipe for de-radicalisation

By Fadwa Islah, Soufiane Khabbachi
Posted on Thursday, 6 January 2022 19:56

Moroccan faithful pray on the esplanade of the Hassan II Mosque on Laylat al-Qadr during the holy month of Ramadan, in Casablanca
Moroccan faithful pray on the esplanade of the Hassan II Mosque on Laylat al-Qadr during the holy month of Ramadan, in Casablanca August 15, 2012. REUTERS/Youssef Boudlal

Launched in 2017 to combat radicalisation, the Moussalaha programmne seems to be bearing fruit. We meet with Abdellah el-Youssoufi and Mohammed Damir, two Moroccans who have benefited from it.

To face the terrorist threat on its territory, Morocco is not content with simply preventing attacks and neutralising the actors. Instead, a security source spoke to us about a “multidimensional strategy that does not rely solely on the security approach.”

The kingdom is thus one of the pioneers of de-radicalisation policies, which are highly contested in Europe, particularly in France, where their effectiveness is regularly questioned.