Is Tunisia Terror Attack Linked to ISIS?

Is Tunisia Terror Attack Linked to ISIS?

On Wednesday, in the deadliest attack in Northern Africa since 2002, two gunmen dressed in military-style clothing burst from a vehicle in the capital city of Tunis at the National Bardo Museum and opened fire, gunning down tourists and civilians.

Tunisian citizens at a vigil after the attacks at the National Bardo Museum.
Tunisian citizens at a vigil after the attacks at the National Bardo Museum.

The two men, identified as Yassine Laabidi and Hatem Khachnaoui, proceeded to enter the museum, taking hostages, before they were killed by security forces. Habib Essidi, Tunisia’s prime minister, said that Laabidi had been previously flagged by intelligence for nothing “special”, but no formal links had been established between any terror groups.

ISIS was not previously thought to have had a foothold in Tunisia, but is present in neighboring Libya and Algeria, and some are speculating that the attack that left at least 19 dead and 44 injured in Tunis might be linked to the death of a senior ISIS commander, Ahmed Rouissi, whose body was found last week near the city of Sirte. Rouissi was a leading member of Tunisia’s Ansar al-Sharia terror group, and is believed to be responsible for the killing of two Tunisian opposition leaders in 2013.

The attack seems to have been planned at least a week in advance because, after scouring Twitter, the Muslims in the area were warned to stay away from “infidel sites” -code for tourists sites like the museum- in the time surrounding the attack.

Twitter accounts associated with ISIS terror group were overjoyed, and urged Tunisians to “follow their brothers,” according to the Rita Katz of SITE, a U.S.-based organization that monitors militant groups.

According to government estimates, 3,000 Tunisian recruits have joined the ISIS fighters in Syria and Iraq, and many received training in Libya.

Although no formal link between the attack in Tunisia and ISIS has been made, it is not a far stretch to say that it might be likely that the two are connected based on the tweets.

Hours after the Tunisian police ended the siege, thousands of Tunisian citizens congregated in the downtown’s landmark Bourguiba Avenue, where their revolution took place, for a nighttime rally. They chanted “Free Tunisia” in defiance of terrorism.

“I want the people of Tunisia to understand firstly and lastly that we are in a war with terror, and these savage minority groups will not frighten us,” said newly elected President Beji Caid Essebsi in a televised address to the nation. “The fight against them will continue until they are exterminated.”

I wish we had a leader like that. You know, one that actually said we were going to kill those that hurt our nation. No, we have a Muslim apologist instead who must always remind us that the violence isn’t representative of “true Islam” -whatever that means.

The United States, France, the United Arab Emirates, and the United Nations all denounced the bloodshed, and our bozo Secretary of State, John Kerry, said Washington “condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s deadly terror attack,” and praised Tunisian’s handling of the attack.

So, 19 more human beings are dead, ISIS is more than likely spreading into yet another country, and the Obama administration does more frowning. How did we get so lucky with these strong leaders? They make me sick.

Essid said that the attackers killed at least 17 tourist -five from Japan, four from Italy, two from Colombia, two from Spain, and one each from Australia, Poland, and France. The nationality of one killed is not yet known, and two Tunisian citizens were killed.

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  • Appalled By The World says:

    ISIS members are like cockroaches-they are everywhere in this world.

    This will be another one of the long lasting legacies of King Putz-it will be up to intelligent, adult leadership to clean up that mess sometime down the road. Provided we aren’t exterminated first by the Leftist-Koranist Axis of Evil.

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