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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.

The French interior minister visited Tunisia and stated that both countries pledged to increase cooperation in preventing citizens from joining the jihad in Iraq and Syria. The US donated $2 million in night vision equipment to the Tunisian military.

A fifth Tunisian soldier died after the terrorist attack on a bus on Nov. 5. Caretaker president Moncef Marzouki declared a national day of mourning.

Suspected jihadist gunmen attacked a minibus ferrying Tunisian soldiers and their families near the northwest border with Algeria, killing four and wounding 11. Despite successful democratic elections, the country has a "problem with homegrown jihadism."

The country's presidential campaign began on Nov. 1 in the wake of the secularists' victory in parliamentary elections. Tunisia has been labeled the largest source of manpower for jihadist groups in Iraq and Syria.

The country's recent election results of a victory for secularists have been hailed as a "possible model for the region," yet are also described as fragile.

The final tally in Tunisia's election shows a total of 85 (of 217) seats for the secular Nidaa Tunis party vs. 69 for the Islamist Ennhahda party.

Multiple reports have confirmed that the secular party Nidaa Tounes has defeated the Islamist party Ennahda (83 seats vs. 68) in Tunisia's historic elections.

There was high voter turnout for the first general election under Tunisia's new constitution. The secular party Nidaa Tounes has taken the lead in parliament, winning 80 seats versus 67 seats for the Islamist party Ennahda, according to a preliminary ballot count from a "party source."

Tunisian forces stormed a home held by armed militants in Tunis and killed six people, ending a day-long stand-off that began with an antiterrorism raid and gunfight that killed one policeman.

Two shootouts with "suspected militants" just prior to Tunisia's national election left two people dead, including a policeman and a bystander, and one policeman injured.

In the wake of recent political freedom in Tunisia, the country has "sent more foreign fighters than any other country to Iraq and Syria to join the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State." Elections and security in the western city of Kasserine are imperiled by the growth of jihadist groups in the area. The International Crisis Group issued a briefing noting increased cooperation between terrorist groups and crime cartels along Tunisia's borders with Algeria and Libya.

Six "smugglers" who were arrested in Ben Guerdane are now accused of supporting "terrorist" activities. The six men are accused of recruiting Salafists to wage jihad in Libya and Syria. Their group affiliation has not been disclosed.

Seven soldiers were injured in a clash with religious extremists near a national guard station in Douz in Kaybelie following the arrest of an extremist. Security forces arrested five Salafists in a raid on a mosque in Douar Hicher in Mandouba; and two more in Meknassi in Sidi Bouzid who had explosives, military uniforms, and computer equipment.

The Interior Ministry announced the arrest of 12 more terrorists from the Sidi Bouzid area; 12 others were arrested previously in two raids on Sept. 5. Three people were arrested in Kef yesterday for unauthorized use of hunting rifles. The NCA approved four new draft antiterrorism provisions, but faces an uphill battle to complete the drafting of its antiterrorism law before a new parliament is elected in October; so far only 36 out of 136 articles have been approved.

Security forces are increasing vigilance against terrorist attacks during the runup to elections in October; officials have claimed that over 1,700 terrorists were arrested in Tunisia between Jan. 1 and July 31. Authorities in Sidi Bouzid arrested two arms traffickers for an extremist group yesterday and confiscated quantities of RPGs, grenades, and ammunition from their van. Customs officials also seized a quantity of weapons from a Tunisian-registered van outside Ben Guerdane yesterday.