Tunis – Prime Minister Ali Larayedh said on Thursday that Tunisia is making progress in its bid to dismantle “terrorist” cells despite the presence in the country of armed groups and recent clashes with Islamists.
Analysis: Crackdown on radical Islamists tests Tunisia’s stability
By Tarek Amara
TUNIS | Thu May 23, 2013 1:15am EDT
(Reuters) – For the first time since the Arab Spring uprisings of 2011, relations between mainstream Islamists in government and radical Salafist Muslim activists have reached breaking point, sparking deadly clashes in two Tunisian cities.
Tunisian police clash with Salafists over banning of annual congress
Security forces and hardline Islamists fought street battles in Tunis on Sunday, with one protester killed and 15 policemen wounded, after the authorities banned the Salafists from staging their annual congress.
3:10AM BST 20 May 2013
The confrontations infuriated moderate Islamist Prime Minister Ali Larayedh, who for the first time linked the Salafist Ansar al-Sharia group which is considered close to al-Qaeda to “terrorism”.