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Tunisia Says Dozens of Jihadists Arrested in Latest Raids

The Tunisian government said Thursday that 37 suspects, including several jihadists linked to the Islamic State group, had been arrested in the security operations carried out the previous day.

Two "dangerous and wanted terrorists" were killed during the raid Wednesday in Mnihla near the capital, while 16 suspected jihadists were arrested, the interior ministry said Thursday.

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4 Police, 3 Jihadists Killed in Tunisia Raids

Four policemen and three suspected jihadists were killed during security operations Wednesday near the capital and in southern Tunisia, in the latest violence to hit the country, officials said.

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EU Pledges more Aid for Arab Spring Model Pupil Tunisia

The European Union pledged Monday to intensify efforts to aid Tunisia as it tackles economic troubles and a jihadist threat in its transition to democracy five years after its revolution.

"The European Union sees it is necessary and obvious to mobilize all our efforts to support the Tunisian government and people in order for the democratic transition and country to succeed," EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said after a meeting in Luxembourg with Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui.

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Tunisia Reopens Libya Border after Attack on nearby Town

Tunisia reopened its border crossings with Libya on Tuesday after a two-week closure in response to a deadly jihadist attack on a town near the frontier, the interior ministry said.

The move came as Tunisia hosted talks with other countries neighboring Libya on the threat posed by the growing Islamic State (IS) group presence in the lawless North African nation.

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Tunisian Forces Kill 'Terrorist' near Border Attack Town

Tunisia's security forces have killed a "terrorist" outside the southern border town of Ben Guerdane where jihadists mounted a deadly assault earlier this month, authorities said Monday.

"A terrorist element holed up in a house was killed in the Sayah area" near the Libyan border, the interior and defense ministries said in a joint statement.

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Tunisia Arrests 17 in Jihadist Hunt after Deadly IS Raid

Tunisia arrested 17 suspects Tuesday in a manhunt for jihadists near the Libyan border after a deadly raid it described as an unprecedented assault by the Islamic State group.

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Tunisia Raid on Militants Foiled Attack Plot from Libya, Says PM

Five militants killed by Tunisian forces near the Libyan border had slipped across with the aim of carrying out "terrorist attacks", Prime Minister Habib Essid said Thursday.

Essid, in a statement on his official Facebook page, praised the army and national guard units who had eliminated the "terrorist cell sent in from Libya".

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Tunisia Extends State of Emergency by One Month

Tunisia said Sunday it would extend by one month a nationwide state of emergency imposed after a November suicide bombing claimed by the Islamic State group killed 12 presidential guards.

The presidency, in a statement on its official Facebook page, said the state of emergency would be extended for a month from February 22.

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Tunisia Calls on European Countries to Review Travel Warnings

Tunisia has called on European governments to revise travel warnings for the country, highlighting its efforts to boost security after deadly jihadist attacks hit its vital tourism sector last year.

"Showing solidarity with Tunisia in this period requires (European) states to review their warnings to citizens against traveling to Tunisia, which will help the tourism sector regain its normal pace," Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui said in a statement released late Wednesday.

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Tunisia Prepares for Impact of Possible Intervention in Libya

Tunisia said Friday that it was asking its regional authorities to work on a plan to cope with the fallout of a possible foreign military intervention in neighboring war-torn Libya.

In 2011, hundreds of thousands of people fled from Libya to Tunisia -- a country of around 11 million -- to escape fighting that led to the fall of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhafi.

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