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Road to Extremism for Tunisian Museum Gunmen Went Through Libya

wsj.com — BEN GUERDANE, Tunisia-When Jaber Khachnaoui vanished in December, his family searched for him in vain, mystified why the 19-year-old who was about to finish high school would suddenly leave home without a word. In early February, the family got its answer when the young Tunisian called from an unidentifiable number.

Tunisia Prime Minister Fires Six Police Officers After Museum Attack

wsj.com — TUNIS, Tunisia-Tunisia's prime minister Monday dismissed six ranking police commanders, including the chief of tourist police, in response to what he cited as lapses that contributed to an attack that killed 20 foreign tourists and a police officer at a popular museum last week.

Tunisian Elite Police Recount Horror Day at the Museum

wsj.com — TUNIS, Tunisia-The two gunmen who attacked Tunisia's national museum on Wednesday fended off an elite unit of antiterrorism police for nearly two hours and were killed after a grenade they tossed failed to explode.

Islamic State claims responsibility for Tunisia museum attack

marketwatch.com — Islamic State claimed responsibility on Thursday for the attack on a museum in the Tunisian capital that killed 21 people, including 18 foreign tourists. Wednesday's attack on the Bardo National Museum in the capital Tunis was aimed at "citizens of Crusader countries," the SITE Intelligence Group quoted the extremist group's media arm as saying.

Death Toll in Tunisia Tourist Massacre Rises to 21

wsj.com — The death toll in the Tunisia tourist attack rose to 21 people on Thursday, as authorities continued their search for accomplices in the assault that has shaken the North African nation. Tunisia's health ministry said the revised casualty toll in Wednesday's attack on the Bardo National Museum included 18 foreign tourists, a police officer, a museum employee and a third Tunisian who was not immediately identified.

Tourist Massacre Jolts Cradle of Arab Spring

wsj.com — Gunmen stormed a museum in Tunisia's capital on Wednesday, leaving 20 people dead, including 18 foreign tourists, after failing to launch an assault on the national assembly as lawmakers debated an antiterrorism bill. The rare attack, in central Tunis at one of the country's most popular tourist sites, cast a pall over one of the Arab Spring's few success stories.

Gunmen Storm Tunisian Museum, Killing Eight

wsj.com — At least eight people, including seven tourists, were killed on Wednesday when up to three gunmen stormed a popular museum in the heart of Tunisia's capital, holding several hostages, Tunisia's ministry of interior said.

Iraq Basketball Is a Far Cry From March Madness, but It’s Not All Bad

wsj.com — BAGHDAD-Late in a playoff game, Mychal Kearse, a flashy and slashing guard, was feeling it. He had just split three defenders and scored an emphatic dunk, bringing a sparse but energetic crowd to its feet and forcing the other team to call a timeout.

For Now, Sectarian Calm in Liberated Iraq Town

wsj.com — BAGHDAD-Ezaz Al Jobouri returned this week to his Sunni hometown near the battleground of Tikrit to find a house with neither electricity nor water, and a swarm of Shiite militiamen, long violent adversaries of his sect, patrolling the streets. After two months away, Mr. Jobouri didn't mind.

Shiite ‘Soldiers of God’ Color Tikrit Battle

wsj.com — With one large section of Tikrit remaining in the hands of Islamic State militants and Iraq's government preparing to declare victory, Shiite fighters working to retake the city said the relative ease of the battle isn't the result of better weapons, better strategy or even a weakened opponent.
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Mar 31, 2015

RT @attackerman: In a tacit requiem for the Arab spring, Obama restores traditional US military/$ support for Egyptian strongmen. theguardian.com/us-news/2015/m…

Mar 31, 2015

RT @markknoller: US to provide new military assistance to Egypt but will not issue "democracy certification” for it.

Mar 30, 2015

RT @shadihamid: Great piece of reporting by @TamerELG on the town of Ben Guerdane, way-station for Tunisian jihadists: wsj.com/articles/road-…

Mar 30, 2015

Just chilling with Amitabh Bachchan in Cairo. This is his 4th visit to Egypt. pic.twitter.com/4daNdMPFS0

Mar 30, 2015

RT @APDiploWriter: BAGHDAD (AP) — #Iran Guard says US drone killed 2 of its advisers in #Iraq; #US says it only struck militants.

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