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Within the last couple of weeks, the United States has announced the killing of ISIS leaders Abu Sayyaf in Syria and Ali al-Harzi in Iraq.Both attacks went unnoticed in Tunisia, where most people are barely able to cope with the struggles of everyday life. Yet their country has become the largest source of foreign fighters joining extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, creating a grim Tunisian terrorism exception when compared to other countries. What might explain the exponential growth in the number of Tunisian fighters in terrorist groups?Ben Ali's legacy is certainly far-reaching, yet this argument raises more questions than straight answers about Tunisia's terrorism exception.Tunisia witnessed some homegrown attacks in the past.Al-Qaeda claimed that attack.The role of Tunisian fighters was greater in Iraq, where they were behind many attacks.Now that Tunisia has become a breeding ground for foreign fighters who are able to hit inside the country, it is unwise for Tunisians not to be aware that extremists are living the revolution that toppled Ben Ali in their own way, at the expense of the many successes characterizing this revolution.
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