Tunisia, Algeria Join Forces To Combat Growing Terror Threat

News article, posted 05.04.2013, from Tunisia, in:
Kaci Racelma
Tunisia, Algeria Join Forces To Combat Growing Terror Threat (Photo: AFP/Getty)

Fighting terrorism is a top priority for the governments of the Arab Maghreb Union, especially Algeria and Tunisia, so the two neighboring countries are coordinating their efforts. The international situation, the crises in Mali and Libya and insecurity in parts of Tunisia — particularly in Kasserine and Jebel Chaambi — are worrying both Algeria and Tunisia, necessitating a one-day official visit by Tunisian Prime Minister Ali Laarayedh to Algeria on Monday, April 30.

“The security of Algeria and Tunisia is a common concern,” said Laarayedh when he arrived at Algeria’s capital, Algiers, justifying the cooperation of two states with a common goal: to end the terrorism long afflicting the area.

Algeria has been fighting terrorism for more than a decade, which makes it an important country in the security sphere. Algeria’s security services are often consulted by its eastern neighbor, which is struggling to defeat the armed terrorist groups operating in Kasserine.

Recently, a grave incident happened in west Tunisia near the border with Algeria. A mine explosion seriously injured two security guards as they tried to arrest terrorists.

Political will is not lacking. Laarayedh spoke of “a mutual desire by both countries to promote their relations in all fields, including the economy, energy industry and security.” It is a rapprochement paved by security cooperation, which has become complicated for both countries, particularly after the fall of former Libyan President Moammar Gadhafi.


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