Tunisia: SFAB ‘in no way’ combat force

“As Russia continues to fan the flames of the Libyan conflict, regional security in North Africa is a heightened concern,” said U.S. Army Gen. Stephen Townsend, commander, U.S. Africa Command. “We’re looking at new ways to address mutual security concerns with Tunisia, including the use of our Security Force Assistant Brigade.”

EDITOR’S NOTE (from May 30): To clarify, the Security Forces Assistance Brigade referred to by AFRICOM in our press release of May 29, 2020 refers to a small training unit as part of a military assistance program, and in no way implies combat military forces. It is important to understand potential needs and always look for new approaches and ways to partner as part of our ongoing dialogue. https://www.africom.mil/pressrelease/32888/africom-commander-reaffirms-bilateral-partner

AFRICOM continues to support diplomatic efforts to stabilize the political situation in Libya and disrupt terrorist organizations that threaten regional stability. While AFRICOM personnel are not currently located in Libya, the command continues to monitor conditions in Libya and assess the feasibility for a renewed U.S. military presence once the security environment permits doing so.Aug 27, 2019
STUTTGART, Germany – The new commander of U.S. Africa Command, Gen. Stephen Townsend, traveled to Tunis, Tunisia on Aug. 26,2019

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[March 6 2020 Suicide attack with a motorbike targeting the US embassy in Tunis ]

[July 7 2011 Brotherhood joins rally – USA: talks with Muslim Brotherhood, Ennahda ]

Under Secretary of State William J. Burns,  in Cairo , left

Under Secretary of State William J. Burns, in Cairo , left

In a rare show of unity, Egypt’s largest political Islamist movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, will join a vast array of liberal, leftist and secular political forces, including youth representatives from this year’s anti-Mubarak uprising, July 8. They will demand that police officers and former regime officials are finally held accountable and that the army’s grip over the justice system comes to an end. The Muslim Brotherhood initially said it would boycott the rally due to disagreements with political rivals over whether a new constitution should be written before or after parliamentary elections. But the “constitution-first” demand has now been softened by rally organisers and the Brotherhood’s involvement, which analysts believe is essential if the group wants to maintain credibility, looks set to bolster protester numbers significantly.
“The Brotherhood is trying to reassure investors by saying, ‘Look, we are business owners and professionals,’” said Elijah Zarwan, an analyst in Cairo for the Brussels-based International Crisis Group.
The Muslim Brotherhood initially said it would boycott the rally due to disagreements with political rivals over whether a new constitution should be written before or after parliamentary elections. But the “constitution-first” demand has now been softened by rally organisers and the Brotherhood’s involvement, which analysts believe is essential if the group wants to maintain credibility, looks set to bolster protester numbers significantly.
High level diplomats, including Under Secretary of State William J. Burns, were in Cairo this week and held talks with many different leaders of the coalition of movements that took part in the demonstrations, including several leaders of a youth movement within the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Obama administration has also reached out to Tunisia’s most prominent Islamist party, Ennahda.

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