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Aug 2, 2013

Tunisian forces launch air strikes on Islamist militants

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian forces launched air and ground strikes on Islamist militants near the Algerian border on Friday after fierce overnight clashes in the area, which coincided with increased instability and political turmoil in the North African country.

Aircraft bombed caves in the Mount Chaambi area, where the military has been trying to track down Islamist militants since December, witnesses said on Friday.

Aug 1, 2013

Tunisia’s ruling party says won’t remove prime minister

TUNIS (Reuters) – The head of Tunisia’s ruling Islamist party on Thursday refused to remove the prime minister from his post, hardening its stance toward the secular opposition’s demand that the government be dissolved.

Earlier this week, leaders from the Ennahda party, which is facing mounting pressure even from its coalition partners, said they were willing to consider creating a new unity government to help ease the political crisis.

Jul 31, 2013

In Tunisian protest square, barriers reflect deeper divide

TUNIS (Reuters) – The red Tunisian flags they wave are the same, but the divide between opposition and pro-government protesters in the capital’s main square is much wider than the 150-metre gap between barriers put there to separate them.

Nearly two years after Tunisians came together to remove the long-standing autocratic president, the country is facing its worst political crisis since that uprising set off a wave of protests across the region.

Jul 30, 2013

Union, rather than army, may be Tunisia opposition’s decisive ally

TUNIS (Reuters) – More than any threat of military force, the power of Tunisia’s main trade union may be what pushes the Islamist-led government to accept opposition demands for it to quit.

Inspired by the army-backed removal of Egypt’s Islamist president, the secular opposition in Tunisia has taken to the streets to demand a new government. Thousands of its supporters have been joined by ordinary Tunisians fed up with rising instability and economic stagnation.

Jul 30, 2013

Gunmen kill 8 Tunisian troops as political tensions grow

TUNIS (Reuters) – Gunmen killed at least eight Tunisian soldiers on Monday, staging the biggest attack on the security forces in decades as political tensions rose between supporters and opponents of the Islamist-led government.

President Moncef Marzouki called the ambush on Mount Chaambi, near the Algerian border, a “terrorist attack” and announced three days of mourning. Tunisian troops have been trying to track down Islamist militants in the remote region since December.

Jul 29, 2013

Gunmen kill eight Tunisian troops as political tensions rise

TUNIS (Reuters) – Gunmen killed at least eight Tunisian soldiers on Monday, staging the biggest attack on the security forces in decades as political tensions rose between supporters and opponents of the Islamist-led government.

State television called the ambush on Mount Chaambi, near the Algerian border, a “terrorist attack”. Tunisian troops have been trying to track down Islamist militants in the remote region since December last year.

Jul 28, 2013

Tunisian opposition may set up rival ‘salvation government’

TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s secular opposition said on Sunday it might set up an alternative “salvation government” to challenge the Islamist-led ruling coalition and show its anger at the assassinations of two leftist politicians in six months.

Opposition leaders, who have also been emboldened by the Egyptian army’s overthrow of an Islamist president this month, said they had no interest in reconciliation with the dominant Islamist Ennahda party.

Jul 21, 2013

Syrian Islamist rebel leader freed after clashes among rival rebels

BEIRUT (Reuters) – The local commander of a Syrian rebel group affiliated to al Qaeda was freed on Sunday after being held by Kurdish forces in a power struggle between rival organisations fighting President Bashar al-Assad, activists said.

However, the pro-opposition activists gave conflicting reports of how the Islamist brigade commander in the Syrian town of Tel Abyad near the Turkish border had come to be free.

Jul 21, 2013

Kurds free Qaeda-linked rebel commander in Syria after clashes

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Syrian Kurdish forces freed a local leader linked to al Qaeda as part of an agreed ceasefire to end fierce fighting with Islamist rebels in the northern Syrian town of Tel Abyad on Sunday, activists said.

In return, Islamist rebels have promised to release hundreds of Kurds taken hostage as collateral from the leader of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS), known as Abu Musaab.

Jul 20, 2013

Islamist-Kurdish fighting spreads in rebel-held Syria

BEIRUT (Reuters) – Clashes between Islamist rebel forces and Kurdish militias spread to a second Syrian province on Saturday, activists said, as factional tensions rose in the north of the country.

The fighting is further evidence that the 2011 uprising against President Bashar al-Assad’s rule has splintered into turf wars that have little to do with ousting him and highlight the risk of regionalized conflicts that could have an impact on neighboring countries.

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