Monday, July 06, 2009

Nine held in Tunisia terror plot to Kill US Soldiers, two of the suspects are officers from a Tunisian military base

Tunisian police have charged nine men - including two air force officers - with plotting to kill US servicemen during joint military exercises.

The nine men arrested will probably face trial next month, defence lawyer Samir ben Amor told Reuters news agency.

He said two of the suspects are officers from a Tunisian military base in the coastal town of Bizerte, 60km (37 miles) north-west of the capital Tunis.

Profile: Al-Qaeda in North Africa
Al-Qaeda in the Land of the Islamic Maghreb, to give its full name in English, has its roots in the bitter Algerian civil war of the early 1990s, but has since evolved to take on a more modern Islamist agenda.

It emerged in early 2007, after a feared militant group, the Salafist Group for Preaching and Combat (GSPC), aligned itself with Osama Bin Laden's international network.

Armed Islamists mounted attacks across Algeria; the security forces fought back; and sometimes it was hard to tell which group had carried out which atrocity.
Other states in the region - Tunisia and Morocco, Mauritania to the west and Libya to the east - also battled against Islamists.

Bill Warner
private investigator