Factors gel for jihadist fertile ground in Tunisia

Tunisians walk past police during a demonstration in Tunis on March 20, 2015, two days after gunmen attacked the National Bardo MuseumSeveral factors have combined to create a fertile breeding ground for jihadist violence in Tunisia where gunmen mowed down 21 people in a high-profile attack on its national museum, analysts say. They say economic and social woes on top of political upheavals since a 2011 revolution which ousted longtime strongman Zine El Abidine Ben Ali have disorientated the country’s youth. Tunisia has contributed the largest number of citizens to radical movements such as the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group. Other factors have also contributed: a fledgling democracy, proximity to the political and security mayhem in neighbouring Libya, and a lack of Muslim religious training that contributed to the import of Salafist ideology since the 1980s.

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