Tunisia says it seeks to stop recruitment to fight in Syria

March 26, 2013 19:30

TUNIS - Tunisia's Islamist-led government is investigating networks it believes are sending young people to fight in Syria, the Justice Ministry said on Tuesday.

According to local media, thousands of young Tunisians recruited by local and regional networks are fighting government forces in Syria.President Moncef Marzouki said last week that fighters returning from Syria could threaten Tunisia's efforts to restore security, likening them to Algerians who went to fight in Afghanistan and became radicalized.

The government hopes to hold elections by December to help to rescue a faltering democratic transition in the country that launched the Arab Spring.

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