UK to send troops to Tunisia to help stop ISIS crossing Libyan border

March 1, 2016 09:54

LONDON - Britain is to send troops to Tunisia to help prevent Islamic State fighters from moving into the country from Libya, the British defense minister has said.

"A training team of some 20 troops from the 4th Infantry Brigade is now moving to Tunisia to help to counter illegal cross-border movement from Libya in support of the Tunisian authorities," Michael Fallon told Parliament on Monday.

The move comes after growing Western concern that Islamic State (IS) is seeking to use Libya as a base to plan and carry out attacks. Last June, 30 British holidaymakers were killed when an Islamist gunman attacked a beach at a hotel on Tunisia's Mediterranean coast.

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