Sunday, May 08, 2016

Libya,Tunisia Join Forces Against Terrorism
TVC NEWS (TRIPOLI) - Libya and Tunisia which have been hit by a string of jihadist attacks, pledged on Friday to cooperate in the fight against terrorism.

Both countries are expected to set up a joint committee task force which controls the main border crossing between the territories.

A string of deadly attacks by IS had killed dozens of holidaymakers in Tunisia and dealt a devastating blow to its tourism industry, and officials claimed the attacks were planned in Libya.

Tunisia had earlier built a 200-kilometre barrier stretching about half the length of its border with Libya in an attempt to prevent militants from infiltrating.

"We will conquer terrorism but it will take time and cooperation," Tunisian Prime Minister Habib Essid told a joint news conference in Tripoli hours after his arrival in the Libyan capital.

The head of Libya's new unity government, Fayez al-Sarraj, agreed on the need to bolster bilateral cooperation against jihadists active in both countries.

"We spoke about security coordination for the battle against terrorism," Sarraj told reporters.

"What happened yesterday in the Abu Grein area... was very close," he added.

On Thursday jihadists from the Islamic State group advanced on the town of Abu Grein east of Tripoli and overran a key crossroads in an assault during which a suicide bomber killed two policemen.

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