Tunisia's Islamist leadership meets with US military to discuss security, Salafist operations

Published November 21st, 2013 - 06:53 GMT
Since the 2011 revolution, Salafist activity in Tunisia has escalated. The hardline Islamist groups are often considered responsible for the spike in arms trafficking in the country as well (File Archive/AFP)
Since the 2011 revolution, Salafist activity in Tunisia has escalated. The hardline Islamist groups are often considered responsible for the spike in arms trafficking in the country as well (File Archive/AFP)

Agence France-Presse reported late Wednesday that US military General David Rodriguez held private talks with Tunisia's prime minister on security cooperation.


PM Ali Larayedh told reporters that the meeting “was an opportunity to discuss the security issue, ways of cooperating and how the United States can support Tunisia, in terms of equipment and training.”


According to the report, Rodriquez, the head of US military's Africa command, and Larayedh met to particularly discuss arms trafficking within the north African country, as well as ways Tunisia can improve its border security.


Since the oust of former president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, armed Salafist groups' activities have risen dramatically in the country and are considered responsible for the spike in arms trafficking as well.


Most of the fatal violence that has occurred throughout Tunisia since the 2011 revolution has been blamed on the Salafists and other hardline Islamist groups operating in the country. Last year's attack on the US embassy in Tunis raised international attention to the "deteriorating security" now presenting itself as a major challenge to the country.


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