Tunisia accuses Turkey of facilitating jihadists’ transit

Syrian civilians attempt to cross illegally to Turkey through a fence on the Syrian-Turkish border, 2012. Photo: AFP/GETTY

Tunis (AFP) – Tunisia on Thursday accused Turkey of facilitating the transit of fighters bound for neighbouring Syria and Iraq, where thousands of its citizens have joined the ranks of jihadist groups.

The accusation by Foreign Minister Taieb Baccouche comes just two weeks after the Islamic State group claimed responsibility for a deadly attack on tourists at the Bardo National Museum.

Tunisia says 3,000 of its citizens are fighting alongside jihadist groups in Syria, Iraq and Libya, and that 500 battle-hardened veterans have returned to the country where they are considered a security threat…

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