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Tunisia's Ambassador to Libya Ridha Boukadi said that two journalists kidnapped by the Islamic State in Libya were alive, despite the jihadist group's announcement of their execution. National Guard units arrested a "'dangerous' terrorist" in an ambush conducted in Sidi Bouzid.
President Beji Caid Essebsi urged support for Tunisian security forces in the country's "war on terrorism." A soldier was wounded in the neck after he was attacked with a "sharp object by unknown persons" in a suburb of Tunis.
Police reportedly arrested two "terror suspects" in the city of Gafsa and broke up a "terror cell in Medjez El Bab (Beja province) that was planning attacks on public facilities, police and army forces." The Tunisian National Army launched counterterrorism operations in Forsane and the Mount Ouergha areas.
Security forces searched for explosives hidden on a farm in Bir Bouregba city based on a confession from a man who was arrested on terrorism charges. Newly appointed Prime Minister-designate Habib Essid said his country will "stand united against terrorism, and we will guarantee Tunisia's unity and integrity."
The prime minister said he would support "a UN-supervised counter-terrorism operation by Mediterranean countries" to intervene in neighboring Libya. A blogger has been sentenced by a military tribunal to three years in prison on charges of criticizing the military.
An off-duty policeman was stabbed to death by suspected jihadists in the capital of Tunis on Jan. 4. A former official with the country's past dictatorship was named prime minister by the newly elected president and asked to form a government.
Outgoing president Moncef Marzouki has ceded the election and promised a smooth transfer of power. Tunisia's interior minister decried the presence of training camps of Tunisians along the border with Libya affiliated with Ansar al Sharia, declaring them a threat to the country's stability.
The Tunisian government has declared security forces "ready to cope" as fighting rages at the Ras Jedir border crossing in Libya and as the country's presidential run-off election looms. Tunisians go to the polls on Dec. 21.
Tunisia closed its border crossing at Ras Gdair on Dec. 15 as fighting raged between pro-government forces and Islamist militias in Libya. The closing follows another air strike by the Libyan Army near the border on Dec. 14.
The interior ministry announced that security services "dismantled a network that recruited young people for foreign jihad." A Tunisian-born Canadian was arrested in relation to a terrorism plot upon his return to Canada from Tunisia on Dec. 7. Tunisia's presidential run-off has been set for Dec. 21.
Military and security forces are on high alert due to fighting between Libyan factions close to the Tunisian border. A Libyan pro-government airstrike hit a rival militia post near the Ras Jedir border crossing on Dec. 5.
Tunisian forces "dismantled" a terrorist cell operating near Kasserine and Tunis on Dec. 1; a mine that exploded in Kasserine killed one soldier and wounded another. Tunisia's first elected, secularist-led parliament held its opening session on Dec. 2.
Jihadists kidnapped and beheaded a policeman close to Kef near the Algerian border in the country's northwest. Despite secularist victories in recent elections, Islamist politicians maintain great sway in Tunisia.
Beji Caid Essebsi, a candidate from the secular Nidaa Tounes party, won the most votes in the country's presidential election. The 39.4% is short of a majority, however, and Essebsi will face a run-off with incumbent President Moncef Marzouk in December.
Voting has begun in Tunisia's historic presidential election. Tunisian security forces are mobilizing "90,000 personnel to secure polling stations and vital government buildings." Voting was delayed two hours in "the volatile areas near the border with Algeria" due to terrorism concerns.
One "terrorist" was killed in a firefight with a National Guard unit in Sidi Bouzid. Tunisia has closed part of its border with Libya due to security concerns surrounding the upcoming presidential election.
The Tunisian National Army launched air strikes on "areas where terrorists would be entrenched in Mount Ouergha, Kef." The government operation follows a militant attack on a local merchant on Nov. 16.
Two presidential candidates were notified by security forces of assassination threats; one of the candidates specified Ansar al Sharia was the source of the threat against him. Government agencies are preparing for a wave of Libyan refugees from the neighboring conflict, despite public resentment about the potential impact on resources and the economy.
Interior Minister Lotfi Ben Jeddou said his country "is facing 'serious security threats along the border with Algeria, that is in the governorates of Kef, Jendouba and Kasserine'" due to "movements by terrorists" in these areas. An expert on political Islam at the Tunisian Institute for Strategic Studies to the Presidency stated that Salafism and jihadism "have no chances in the future" in Tunisia.