Berlin - Despite the scathing criticism of the Moroccan regime by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in its recording released on September 12, this rhetoric does not present a threat to Moroccan political stability in the near term. Rather, the video seems designed to recruit youth eager to join al-Qaeda’s regional affiliate and to focus on local rather than international jihad, while also indirectly pressuring the regime to resolve the ongoing issue of terrorism—particularly the issue of Salafi jihadi detainees in Moroccan jails.

Mohammed Masbah is a fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik – SWP) in Berlin, working on the project “Elite change and new social mobilization in the Arab world.