By Marielena Montesino de Stuart
Spain has been warned by authorities in Morocco that 3,000 jihadists fighting in Syria against Bashar al-Assad are making their way back home to Morocco—posing a danger to Spain. A great number of these Moroccan jihadists are from the cities of Ceuta and Melilla, which are Spanish autonomous communities in North Africa; as such, these jihadists may have the necessary documentation to enter Spain.
The majority of the Moroccan jihadist combatants belonged to Harakat Sham al-Islam, which is considered to be one of the most “distinguished” groups in the Islamic front; however, the group, which was founded in August 2013 by three Moroccan former detainees (who were freed from the Guantanamo Bay detention camp) announced on July 25, 2014 that Harakat Sham al-Islam is now part of the Ansar al-Deen Front (Ansar Dine).
Ansar al-Deen / Ansar Dine is a group that emerged in Mali in March 2012, which seeks the implementation of a strict Sharia Law system. Like a cancer, it has spread and fused with other Islamic terror cells. There are Spanish nationals who joined this group in Syria, as combatants against al-Assad. They have used Syria as a training ground before returning to the Maghreb region of Northwest Africa (west of Egypt)– in order to wage jihad.
Spain’s Minister of the Interior, Jorge Fernández Díaz, has warned about the urgent situation faced by the European Union, in keeping a watch on jihadists that return to Europe from combat areas. It is estimated that there is a mobilized contingency of jihadist Spanish nationals in mainland Spain.
Spain is in the crosshairs of Islamic groups, including ISIS, who want to recapture the Iberian peninsula.
May God help us all.
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