Monday, February 25, 2013

Islamist extremists leading the way post-Arab Spring, By Ioannis Michaletos

The aftermath of the Arab Spring, which is a loose term concerning the collapse of autocratic yet secular regimes in the MENA region, results into the proliferation of Al Qaed type groups. 

They tend to move from one country to another and mobilize themselves by relying on substancial financing by the same Islamist circles that have been raging a covert war against dozens of countries all over the world since the 80's. The following short outlook, focuses on Tunisia.

According to Walid Phares, the Arab Spring is facing "More questions in Tunisia, as civil society NGOs are uncovering more information about the Salafi recruitment of Jihadists and sending them to join the al Qaeda linked groups in Syria". In fact this country, as well as Libya and to a lesser extent Egypt are being used as spring boards for the recruitment and proliferation of terrorist groups that venture into Syria, Mali and eventually will spread into the entire MENA region over the coming months and years.

Below is a photo of Salafi Jihadi recruits training for 'Syria's Jihad.' Secular opposition sources have recognized a number of Jihadists on the picture. An observer in Washington said "the uncovering of Jihadists in Tunisia is only a prelude to a full exposure of the vast Jihadi network from Tunisia to Libya and beyond."

Moreover, an interesting news item follows by to, adding more details on the supply of weapons from Libya to Tunisia presently.

CAIRO — Tunisia has reported the seizure of another weapons cache.

The Interior Ministry said a large cache of arms and explosives was found near Tunis.

Officials said authorities believed elements linked to Al Qaida were smuggling weapons in Tunisia from neighboring Algeria and Libya. They said Al Qaida could be working with elements of the Salafist movement, which has been clashing with police and secular activists in Tunisia. The ministry said security forces seized scores of AK-47 Kalashnikov assault rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, munitions and explosives.

“The operation was conducted by the National Guard,” the ministry said. In a statement on Feb. 21, the ministry said the National Guard was supported by a counter-insurgency commando unit during the raid in Mnihla. There were no casualties reported in the operation on late Feb. 20.
This marked the second major weapons cache found in Tunisia in as many months. In January 2013, authorities found a large amount of weapons in Medenine near the border with Libya.