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U.S. giving extra $60M in military aid to Tunisia

Aug. 26, 2014 - 05:27PM   |  
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TUNIS, TUNISIA — The U.S. has announced it will be giving Tunisia another $60 million in military aid next year.

The head of the U.S. African Command, Gen. David Rodriguez, said Tuesday during a visit to Tunisia that aid would be for training, mine detection, naval craft and counter-terrorism exercises with Tunisian troops.

Since 2011, the U.S. has given Tunisia $100 million in military aid.

Rodriguez said the U.S. and Tunisia face a common terrorist threat in the form of al-Qaida linked organizations.

In July, 15 Tunisian soldiers were killed by suspected al-Qaida militants near the Algerian border in the latest of a series of attacks by radicals.

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