Tuesday, July 30, 2013

And Now, Over to ... Tunisia

The Arab Spring moves on:

Nine Tunisian soldiers were killed and stripped of their weapons Tuesday near the Algerian border, where the army has been tracking al Qaeda-linked militants, medical and military sources said.

The soldiers were found with their throats cut, and had been stripped of their weapons and uniforms after an armed group ambushed them, said medical and military sources in Kasserine near Mount Chaambi, the site of the attacks.

Four other soldiers were wounded...

Several hundred demonstrators gathered today evening outside the hospital in Kasserine, chanting slogans against the Islamist Ennahda party that dominates the government.  Security forces have been hunting militant Islamists in the rugged Mount Chaambi area near the border with Algeria since December, when it attacked a border post, killing a member of the national guard.

Oh, and in Libya:

Assailants attacked an Islamist party office in Tripoli on Monday and a soldier was killed in fighting in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, officials said, in an escalation of violence following the assassination of a political activist last week. A government source confirmed Social Affairs Minister Kamila Khamis al-Mazini had publicly announced her resignation..."This escalation (in violence) will lead to a collapse of a whole nation. We need solidarity of the people," Zeidan told reporters in Tripoli on Monday.

And in Syria:

An Italian Jesuit priest, father Paolo Dall’Oglio has been kidnapped by al Qaeda-linked fighters in eastern Syria. Opposition activists say he was taken by members of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a Sunni group operating in the area.

And Obama and Kerry are doing what?


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