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Tunisian government arrests al Qaeda cell tied to Ansar al Sharia

Tunisia's Interior Minister, Ali Laarayedh, announced during a press conference yesterday (Dec. 21) that authorities have arrested 16 members of a terrorist cell affiliated with al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). In addition, 18 other members of the group are still being pursued. According to the Tunisian Press Agency (TPA), Laarayedh "stressed that all the apprehended or pursued elements were active within" Ansar al Sharia Tunisia. Tunisia Live reports that members of the al Qaeda cell "were known for their active participation in events organized by Ansar al Sharia," including protests. Laarayedh said he could not prove that there was an "organizational relationship" between the cell and Ansar al Sharia, however. The al Qaeda cell calls itself "The Militia of Uqba Ibn Nafaa in Tunisia." The name is apparently a reference to Uqba Ibn Nafaa, a famous Arab general who ...

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