SBIBA, Tunisia (Reuters) – One of the young men was a high school literature student who helped his father tend the family olive trees in their isolated farming community near the Algerian border.
The other lived in the capital Tunis, had a taste for fashion and worked as a travel agent.
TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian militants have fought in foreign wars for decades, from Afghanistan to Somalia to Iraq. But after the 2011 revolt against President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, hundreds of hard-liners were released from prisons, strengthening militant ranks with experienced old hands.
Critics accused the Islamist-led government that followed Ali of allowing extremists too much freedom. Since then, a caretaker government and a coalition government elected at the end of 2014 have taken a tougher line, going to court to take back mosques, sweeping up hundreds of suspected militants, and curbing militant websites that recruit for Iraq and Syria.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Mali’s Tuareg-led rebels signed a preliminary peace agreement with the government on Thursday as a gesture of “good faith” to end decades of separatist fighting, but wanted more guarantees before signing a final accord.
Mali’s government accepted the U.N. and Algerian-backed deal in March, but the Tuareg-led coalition argued that it fell short of their demands for the northern region, which they call Azawad, and sporadic fighting has continued.
TUNIS (Reuters) – Soon after Islamist militants gunned down 21 foreign tourists in Tunisia’s Bardo museum last month, newspaper columnists, radio hosts and politicians swiftly called for a merciless crackdown to save their young democracy.
In the cafes and mosques of working-class Tunis, fears are now emerging that a campaign against militants may a spiral into repression like the old days of Tunisia’s police state before the freedoms won in a 2011 revolt.
TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia said on Thursday that an attack on a Tunis museum last week was launched by a cell of 23 militants, including an Algerian and Moroccans, with overlapping allegiances to a number of hardline islamist groups.
Tunisian Interior Minister Najem Gharsalli said 80 percent of the group had already been arrested over the killing of 20 tourists including Japanese, French and Italians in an attack claimed by the Islamic State group.
TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisia’s Bardo museum held a ceremonial reopening on Tuesday a week after gunmen claiming alliance with Islamic State killed 20 foreign tourists in an attack aimed at wrecking the country’s vital tourism industry.
Several thousand Tunisians and foreign visitors to an international forum also marched in the capital Tunis to show solidarity with the Bardo victims who included Japanese, Spanish, Italians and Colombians.
YASMIN HAMMAMET, Tunisia, March 23 (Reuters) – The European
visitors strolling Tunisia’s Hammamet resort are an encouraging
sign for a government determined to minimise the fallout of last
week’s shooting of 20 tourists in the nearby capital.
But there is anxiety about the future in the five-star
hotels, trinket shops and restaurants in the town, where
horse-drawn carts trot calmly in the Mediterranean sun.
TUNIS (Reuters) – Praised as a model of Arab Spring progress, Tunisia has finally been drawn onto the global jihadi battlefield after Islamist militants gunned down foreign tourists in a brazen assault at the heart of the capital.
The storming of the Bardo museum inside the heavily guarded parliament compound was more deadly evidence Islamist militants are turning to North Africa as a new front beyond their main battlegrounds in Iraq and Syria.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Mali’s government signed a preliminary peace deal on Sunday meant to end fighting with northern separatists, but the Tuareg-led rebels asked for more time for consultations before agreeing to the accord.
The United Nations-brokered deal seeks to tackle decades of uprisings and instability in northern Mali, where Western and regional powers worry Islamist militants could return two years after French military intervention drove them out.
ALGIERS (Reuters) – Mali’s government and an alliance of Tuareg-led northern rebels agreed to cease hostilities on Thursday to ease tensions during U.N.-sponsored peace negotiations aimed at ending decades of uprisings.
The talks hosted by Algiers, the fifth round of recent negotiations, must now turn to the tricky questions over identity, a form of limited self-rule and more rights for the northern desert region the rebels call Azawad.