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Post-Gadhafi Libya now a jihadist springboard backed by Iran, Qatar, Sudan and Turkey

Rome now a target: Security forces have bee deployed at selected sites due to terror threats from ISIL. / Winston Ross / Newsweek

Special to By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The consolidation of a self-proclaimed Caliphate in eastern Libya provides the jihadist camp with springboard into Africa and southern Europe. That strategic thrust, supported […]

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Tunis captures 32 ISIL veterans, Al Qaida operatives

Special to CAIRO — Tunisia has foiled what officials termed a vast insurgency plot targeting the military by returning fighters. About 3,000 Tunisians are said to be fighting for ISIL and Nusra in Syria. Officials said security forces captured […]

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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