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Tunisia says captured terror cell planned attacks on economic capital Sfax


Special to CAIRO — Tunisia has captured an Al Qaida-aligned cell. The Tunisian Interior Ministry has reported the capture of a cell aligned with Al Qaida’s Ansar Al Sharia. The ministry said eight suspected members of the cell were arrested and charged with plotting attacks in Sfax, deemed the economic capital of Tunisia. “Suspected [...]

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Tunisia orders takeover of mosques said controlled by Al Qaida-inspired clerics

Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa.  /Reuters

Special to CAIRO — Tunisia, fighting an Al Qaida insurgency, has sought to gain control over the nation’s thousands of mosques. The government said it ordered authorities to impose supervision on Tunisia’s mosques. Officials said numerous mosques were believed to be under the influence of Al Qaida-inspired clerics. “This plan will recover 150 mosques [...]

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Thousands of Tunisians who fought in Syria placed under surveillance back home

Tunisian Interior Minister Lufti Jedo.  /Reuters/Zoubeir Souissi

Special to ANKARA — Tunisia has acknowledged the presence of thousands of its nationals fighting against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Officials said Tunisia and its North African neighbors have been deemed leading recruitment centers for Al Qaida. The officials said thousands of Algerians, Libyans, Moroccans and Tunisians were believed fighting for [...]

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Seven Al Qaida fighters killed in operation against stronghold near Tunis

Tunisian counter-terrorism police stand guard near a house in Raoued, where seven Islamist militants and a Tunisian policeman were killed.  /Anis Mili/Reuters

Special to CAIRO — Tunisia has reported a major counter-insurgency mission. The Tunisian Interior Ministry said Army and paramilitary troops killed at least seven Al Qaida-aligned fighters in an overnight battle in the Tunis suburb of Raoued on Feb. 4. The ministry said the National Guard besieged a suspected insurgency stronghold in the northeastern [...]

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On third anniversary of ‘Arab Spring’, a review of the disastrous U.S. response


Special to By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System/Defense & Foreign Affairs Three years ago, on Dec. 17, 2010, a 45-year-old Tunisian policewoman slapped an agitated vegetable vendor in his early twenties. He was creating a disturbance in a police station after his cart had been confiscated for lack of license. The vendor [...]

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Report: Tunisia losing control of its border areas to jihadists, drug smugglers

Tunisian soldiers gather near the border with Algeria near Mount Chaambi.  /Reuters

Special to LONDON — Tunisia, confronted by Al Qaida, has been struggling to maintain security along its borders, a report said. The International Crisis Group asserted that Tunisia was losing control over its borders, particularly with Algeria and Libya. In a report, ICG said the borders served Islamist insurgents as well as arms and [...]

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Tunisian intel warns Al Qaida fighters taking over border areas

Tunisian soldiers track militants in the Mount Chaambi border region.  /AFP

Special to CAIRO — The Tunisian intelligence community has determined that Al Qaida Organization in the Islamic Maghreb was operating throughout the North African state. Officials said the intelligence community has identified elements within AQIM responsible for the Islamist insurgency in Tunisia in 2013. The officials said AQIM has mobilized North African nationals, particularly [...]

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Tunisia’s 1,500 Jews report harassment since election of Brotherhood government


Special to CAIRO — The tiny Jewish community in Tunisia has come under a police crackdown. Human rights activists said the Jewish community on the Tunisian island of Djerba was being harassed by police. The activists said police fired tear gas and stole property during the Jewish festival last month. The activists said Tunisia’s [...]

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‘Jihad sex’ in Syria: Al Qaida clerics approved recruitment of Tunisian women

Tunisian Interior Minister

Special to CAIRO — Tunisia has emerged as a source for women sought by Al Qaida-aligned rebel fighters in Syria. Officials said Al Qaida-aligned militias were recruiting Tunisian women for sex amid the revolt against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. They said the women as young as 13 were lured to Syria [...]

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Tunisian military chief resigns over failure to stop Al Qaida infiltration

Gen. Rachid Amar.

Special to CAIRO — Tunisia’s military chief has been forced to resign amid an increased presence of Al Qaida. Tunisian Chief of Staff Gen. Rachid Amar has announced his retirement amid his failure to stop the infiltration of Al Qaida Organization in the Islamic Maghreb into the North African state. In a televised address [...]

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