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Muqaddamin

Location: Morocco

Type: Police

One of Morocco’s key counterterrorism strategies are the Muqaddamin, or municipal sheriffs. The Muqaddamin are essential to the work of Morocco’s Ministry of Interior and have been around for decades. Now they are often used by the Interior to find and provide intelligence for counterterrorism operations.

The Muqaddamin rely on a dense network of informants who provide detailes information about suspicious activities and persons.

These networks are said to stretch across the entire country and reach into every neighbourhood.

This profile is part of AOAV’s investigation into counter-IED (C-IED) actors around the globe. To see the list of all C-IED actors recorded by AOAV, see here. To see those engaged in the Middle East, the Sahel, North Africa or other highly impacted countries please see here, here, here, and here respectively. This research was made possible by funding from the NATO Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Centre of Excellence (C-IED COE). To read the full report, ‘Addressing the threat posed by IEDs: National, Regional and Global Initiatives’, see here.