Tunisians Head Abroad to Perform Jihad

(AP) Bouazza ben Bouazza and Paul Schemm - Tunisia, the cradle of the Arab Spring, is increasingly looking like the birthplace of jihadists. Evidence suggests it remains one of the top exporters of jihadists per capita. Long before Tunisia ousted its dictator, the relatively prosperous country had the dubious distinction of exporting Islamic militants. Now, experts say the flow of fighters is getting worse. Furthermore, the much more relaxed security approach of the country's new leaders is allowing extremist groups and their networks to flourish like never before, experts say. Tunisians have turned up on the battlefields of Iraq, Syria, Libya and now Mali. The militants who seized a gas plant in Algeria and took dozens of foreign workers hostage were more than one-third Tunisian.

2013-02-15 00:00:00

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