UK military personnel train Tunisian forces


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UK military personnel train Tunisian forces

Ministry of Defence and The Rt Hon Michael Fallon MP
First published:
29 February 2016
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UK military personnel are providing mobile patrolling and surveillance training in Tunisia, the Defence Secretary has announced.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has announced UK military personnel are providing training in Tunisia. Crown Copyright
A Short Term Training Team of around 20 troops deployed earlier this month to train Tunisian forces responsible for countering illegal cross-border movement from Libya.

The training, being delivered by 4th Infantry Brigade, involves both classroom and practical exercises, that will assist the Tunisians to better guard their land borders.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:

With Daesh terrorists determined to target innocent civilians wherever they can, this training will help Tunisian forces to increase their border security. It underlines our commitment to peace and security in the region.

UK personnel are training commanders in the 1st Tunisian Brigade, and the current deployment follows on from a previous tranche of border security training with the 1st Tunisian Brigade Headquarters at the end of last year.

This initial training was successfully delivered and has built upon the 1st Tunisian Brigade border security capability. Both deployments point to the strengthened Defence relationship between the UK and Tunisia.


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British Army to Extend Tunisian Training Mission
Najwa Youneson June 29, 2016

The British army is to continue providing training and assistance to Tunisian forces to better help them meet the security challenges the country currently faces.

The British Ministry of Defense has confirmed that it is extending its current program for a year to help the Tunisian military, “reach international standards and achieve self-sufficiency in training.”, a decision that was taken following the anniversary of the Sousse attack that killed 30 Britons last year.

According to the British Ministry of Defense, a small team of British trainers was initially deployed to Tunisia in March 2016 and has been providing training with a multinational team at the Explosive Ordnance Device (EOD) School in Tunisia.

The team will be working with the National Guard Commando Unit over the summer, a project undertaken at Tunisia’s request, the Ministry of Defense said. The training would, “focus on medical training, small boat handling and security operations training.”

In the official website of the British Defence ministry, Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said, “This support will help our ally Tunisia to protect innocent civilians from terrorism. It underlines our determination to defeat Daesh and our commitment to security in the region.”

Speaking to Tunisia Live, Professor Alaya Allani, Associate Professor in Contemporary History at Manouba University said that said that the investigation into last year’s Sousse attack had still to reveal much of the details of the attack’s planning and execution, adding further weight to the British decision to keep their team present within Tunisia.

The Tunisian government has made combatting Terrorism one of its primary goals, along with its efforts to counter corruption and increase security. Terrorism specifically has grown in relevance over the last eighteen months or so as, as the Islamic State, (Daesh) has increased its foothold across much of North Africa, making the prospect of spillover from the conflict in Libya a tangible possibility. Speculating that threats received over Ramadan, as well as the threat of spillover likely played a role in official thinking, Professor Allani said, “The continuous instability in Libya, could possibly lead to terrorist infiltration into Tunisia, who might then attempt further attacks on various sectors of the economy, including tourism.