In 1956, Tunisia gained independence from France. For approximately two decades, Habib Bourguiba, known for repressing Islamic fundamentalism, ruled the country. In 1987, however, Bourguiba fell to a coup, which led to the rise of Zine el Abidine ben Ali, who was equally intolerant of Islamist forces. Ben Ali was toppled in late 2010 in what is now known as the first uprising of the Arab Spring.  The country, still politically unstable, is now dominated by the Islamist al-Nahda Party.

  • Population
  • Fit for Service
  • Military EXHD
    1.5% of GDP
  • GDP
    $45.61 Billion

Tunisia Begins Receiving Kiowa Warrior Helos

Tunisia has begun receiving the surplus-US Army Bell OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout and light attack helicopters it ordered in 2016, the AFP reported on 4 February. Six of the 24 helicopters approved by the US government in May 2016 have now arrived in the North African country for counter-terrorism operations, with the remaining 18 scheduled […]

Sikorsky Awarded $38 Million to Provide UH-60M Helicopters to Tunisia

Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., Stratford, Connecticut, was awarded a $38,386,000 modification (P00334) foreign military sales contract (Tunisian) W58RGZ-12-C-0008 for four UH-60M uniquely modified aircraft in support of the Tunisian Ministry of National Defense.  Work will be performed in West Palm Beach, Florida, with an estimated completion date of April 30, 2020. Fiscal 2016 other funds in […]

State Department Approves $101 Million Sale of Kiowa Helicopters to Tunisia

The State Department has made a determination approving a possible Foreign Military Sale to Tunisia for OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Aircraft and associated equipment, training, and support. The estimated cost is $100.8 million. The Defense Security Cooperation Agency delivered the required certification notifying Congress of this possible sale today. The Government of Tunisia has requested a […]

Militants Attack Tunisian Forces Near Libyan Border, 50 Killed

Dozens of Islamist fighters stormed through the Tunisian town of Ben Guerdan near the Libyan border on Monday attacking army and police posts in a raid that killed at least 50 people, including civilians, the government and residents said. Local television broadcast images of soldiers and police crouched in doorways and on rooftops as gunshots […]

Morocco Joins NATO Interoperability Platform

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has incorporated the Royal Moroccan Armed Forces into its Interoperability Platform and stepped up military cooperation and special forces training with Egypt, Tunisia and Mauritania. Addressing the just-concluded NATO-Morocco Public Diplomacy Seminar held in Rabat, NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow said the new program is aimed at strengthening the […]

Islamic State Claims Suicide Attack on Presidential Guards in Tunisian Capital

The Islamic State has issued a statement claiming responsibility for a suicide bombing that targeted Tunisian presidential guards yesterday. At least 12 people were killed, according to initial casualty reports. The jihadist group also released a photo of the terrorist it says carried out the operation. The statement says that the bombing resulted in the […]

The Saudi-led Coalition Is Not Ready to Fight the Islamic State

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited Saudi Arabia last week hoping to reassure nervous Gulf allies that American security commitments remain in force in the wake of last year’s Iran nuclear deal. In exchange, the White House was hoping to encourage the Gulf states to play a more active role in the […]

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