Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM)

The Moroccan Islamic Combatant Group (GICM) or Moroccan Islamic Fighting Group is a Sunni Islamist terrorist organization affiliated with al-Qaeda. GICM is one of several North African terrorist franchises spawned in Afghanistan during the tenure of the Taliban. Along with other al-Qaeda affiliates, GICM was banned worldwide by the U.N. since shortly after the 9/11 attacks. Members work with other North African extremists, engage in trafficking falsified documents, and possibly smuggle arms.Although three other groups claimed responsibility for the Madrid train attack--Abu Nayaf al-Afghani, Abu Hafs al-Masri Brigades, and Salafia Jihadia (see separate profiles) -- GICM became the focus of the authorities' investigation, and Serhane ben Abdelmajid Fakhet as the mastermind of the Madrid bombing as well as the 2003 Casablanca bombing. Police found in Fakhet's possession 200 detonators of the kind used in…

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