Morocco / by Alistair Galloway

This month, King Mohammed VI pardoned convicts on Eid al Mawlid Annabawi. In 2015, 36 new investment projects had been approved by the Moroccan government, and would create jobs in the industrial sector. A consultancy estimated the number of Moroccan ISIS fighters at between 1,200 and 1,500. Violence broke out after an important football match in Casablanca. In other news, two risk consultancies rated Morocco a safe tourist destination. The Moroccan tourism industry focused on attracting Russians to the country. Stelia Aerospace opened a production plant near Casablanca’s airport. The high speed rail between Casablanca and Tangiers neared completion. The French oil giant Total announced it would cease to drill for oil off the Western Saharan coast.