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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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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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