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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.
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.
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."