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Rival Libyan governments fight to control border with Tunisia

Gen. Khalifa Haftar (4th from left) with Libyan army commanders in Benghazi on Dec. 3. / Stringer / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Libya’s rival governments, backed by different states in the region have been fighting for control over the border with Tunisia. A government led by Prime Minister Abdullah Al Thini has ordered military strikes near the […]

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Tunis closes border to stop interference with elections

Tunisians line up to vote on Oct. 26.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Tunisia has closed its border to prevent Al Qaida from disrupting elections. The government said Tunisia closed its eastern border with Libya ahead of parliamentary elections on Oct. 26. In a statement, the government cited […]

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Tunisia captures Al Qaida-linked terror cell with large weapons stockpile

Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Laroui

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Tunisia has foiled a military cell linked to Al Qaida. The Interior Ministry said security forces nabbed 12 suspected insurgents believed linked to Al Qaida-aligned Ansar Al Sharia in Libya. The ministry said Ansar amassed […]

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U.S. pledges $60 million to aid Tunisian Army’s war on terror

Gen. David Rodriguez

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has approved a plan to enhance Tunisia’s military. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama agreed to a $60 million package to support the Tunisian Army. They said the aid package […]

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ISIL recruitment drive ‘very worrisome’ to North African governments

ISIL leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, with control over large parts of Iraq and Syria, has set its sights on North Africa. Islamist sources said ISIL has intensified recruiting in several countries in North Africa. […]

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Tunisia warns of rising Al Qaida threat to coming elections: ‘Most dangerous months in our existence’

Tunisian President Moncef Marzouki.  /Jewel Samad/AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Tunisia has outlined its defense requirements in consultations with the United States. Tunisia has been discussing military requirements during the visit of President Moncef Marzouki to Washington. Marzouki said the requirements included helicopters, night-vision systems, […]

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Tunisia military chief steps down after Al Qaida attack on border killed 15

Gen. Mohammed Salah Hamdi

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Tunisia’s military chief has resigned in wake of Al Qaida attacks. Tunisian Chief of Staff Gen. Mohammed Salah Hamdi submitted his resignation amid the Al Qaida offensive against the North African state. The Defense Ministry […]

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Algeria, Tunisia close ranks against growing threat from Libyan chaos

Algerian Foreign Minister Ramtane Lamamra

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Officials said Algeria and Tunisia were engaged in consultations on border and other security cooperation. The officials said cooperation must be enhanced to stop the flow of Al Qaida-aligned fighters throughout North Africa. “There is […]

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Tunisia to get 12 U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in counter-terror deal

UH-60 Black Hawk

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama has approved a Tunisian request for U.S. military helicopters. Under the request, expected to be approved by Congress, Tunisia would receive 12 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in a sale […]

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14 Tunisian soldiers killed in Al Qaida attack near Algerian border

Tunisian soldiers gather near the border with Algeria around Mount Chaambi, western Tunisi.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Tunisia has sustained heavy losses by Al Qaida. At least 14 Tunisian Army soldiers were killed and 20 others were injured in attacks by Al Qaida-aligned units along the border with Algeria. Officials said the […]

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