Tunisia will take delivery of eight Black Hawk attack helicopters from the United States this year to help it in the fight against al-Qaeda-linked militants, an official said Thursday.

Defence ministry spokesman Belhassen Oueslati told the private radio station Shems FM that the aircraft would arrive in the second half of 2015.

“These helicopters will be used to carry troops and launch attacks, and will represent a qualitative jump in our means for fighting terrorism,” he said. […]