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11 October 2005

U.S. Declares Moroccan Group a Foreign Terrorist Organization

Moroccan Islamic Combatants becomes 42nd foreign terrorist entity

The State Department announced October 11 that the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group has been designated as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO) under U.S. law.

This designation means that any of the terrorist group's assets held in U.S. financial institutions are now blocked by the U.S. government.  Also, its members will now be denied visas, and it will be a crime for U.S. citizens or others within U.S. jurisdiction to provide it with support or resources.

A listing of foreign terrorist organizations is available on the State Department’s Web site.

Following is the text of the announcement:

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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesman
October 11, 2005

STATEMENT BY ADAM ERELI, DEPUTY SPOKESMAN

Designation of Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group as a Foreign Terrorist Organization

As part of ongoing U.S. efforts against terrorism, the Department of State has designated the Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization under the Immigration and Nationality Act.  This designation makes it illegal under U.S. law for persons in the United States or subject to U.S. jurisdiction knowingly to provide material support to the group; it blocks all funds in U.S. financial institutions in which the organization or its agent has an interest; and it provides a basis for the United States to deny visas to representatives and members of the organization.

The U.S. list of designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations now numbers 42.

The United States calls on governments across the world to take action, as have we, to isolate these terrorist organizations, to choke off their sources of financial support, and to prevent their members' movement across international borders.

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(Distributed by the Bureau of International Information Programs, U.S. Department of State. Web site: http://usinfo.state.gov)



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