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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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Tunisia captures Al Qaida operatives near Libyan border

Ben Guerdane, near Tunisia's border with Libya.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Tunisia has reported foiling a major insurgency plot. The Interior Ministry said security forces captured three suspected Al Qaida insurgents and explosives. The ministry said the insurgents planned a series of suicide bombings against government […]

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Tunisia fights off Islamist influx — ‘preachers’ who come ‘from elsewhere’

Tunisian President Munsif Al Marzouqi

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Tunisia is struggling to avoid becoming an Islamist battleground. Officials said Tunisia has been inundated with Islamist fighters and preachers from the Middle East who regard the North African state as ripe for revolt. They […]

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Al Qaida in Tunisia recruiting young Muslims in urban shantytowns

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Tunisia has reported the capture of Al Qaida fighters. The Interior Ministry said counter-insurgency units captured nine suspected Al Qaida fighters west of Tunis. The ministry said the detainees were members of the so-called Takfiri […]

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Tunisia says captured terror cell planned attacks on economic capital Sfax

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Special to WorldTribune.com 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 […]

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

Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomaa.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com 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 […]

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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 WorldTribune.com 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 […]

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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 WorldTribune.com 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. […]

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

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Special to WorldTribune.com 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 […]

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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 WorldTribune.com 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. […]

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