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Morocco expands laws against militant seekers

The law, which will go before parliament in October, seeks to stem the tide of Moroccans fighting with extremist groups

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Morocco’s government has presented a new law criminalizing training with extremists with the intent to commit terrorist acts.

The law, which will go before parliament in October, seeks to stem the tide of Moroccans fighting with extremist groups in places like Syria, Iraq and, in previous years, Mali.

Those convicted of seeking out training camps will face five to 15 years in prison and fines of between $5,800 and $58,000, according to the draft law announced by the government late Thursday.

After Tunisians, Moroccans are the largest group from North Africa joining the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq, with at least 1,200 fighting there.

Morocco has already announced the dismantling in the past year of dozens of recruitment networks aimed at sending Moroccans abroad to fight.