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Tunisian youths disillusioned with the postrevolution era have flocked to join jihadists overseas, making the birthplace of the Arab Spring the top source of foreign fighters in Syria.Since the 2011 revolt that toppled dictator Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali and rippled across much of the Arab world, Tunisia has faced a resurgence in activity by previously suppressed jihadists. About 3,000 Tunisians have gone to Syria since the war began more than three years ago – accounting for about one-quarter of the foreign fighters there, according to U.S.-based intelligence consultancy Soufan Group. Salim, 29, was employed by a trader in Libya. Without telling his family, he packed up one day and left to join the jihadist group ISIS in Syria's northeastern province of Deir al-Zor. The Tunisian government describes jihadists coming home from Syria as one of the top two threats facing the country, along with unrest in Libya next door.
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