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I see that the Dutch government is giving a little bit different advise. The holiday companies are starting to fly again from this year. Last year there was only 1 company flying to Endfidha and Djerba and off course Tunisair kept flying from Amsterdam.
There is no news about the terrorist attacks in the papers or on tv so many people think it is safe again to go on holiday.
 

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I see that the Dutch government is giving a little bit different advise. The holiday companies are starting to fly again from this year. Last year there was only 1 company flying to Endfidha and Djerba and off course Tunisair kept flying from Amsterdam.
There is no news about the terrorist attacks in the papers or on tv so many people think it is safe again to go on holiday.
Enough people will go where it is cheap, ignore the warnings then cry when they get stuck in the middle of an uprising or war.
A lot of people go through life with their head in the sand. They don’t check or look for information. Some say things like: ‘They wouldn’t advertise the holiday if it wasn’t safe’ and have that kind of attitude. One would think that just learning about the big terror attack a few years ago would have taught these people to be more self aware. But I doubt it. It’s not their fault so why worry? It frustrates me to no end.
 

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Travel advice Tunisia | Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Last modified: 31-10-2018 Still valid on: 05-01-2019


There is a risk of terrorist attacks throughout Tunisia, including on tourists and in tourist areas.

Local laws, rules and customs

The Tunisian authorities are very strict against the possession and use of drugs. Beware of young Tunisians who try to seduce you.
Point out for travel

Proper preparation of your trip can prevent many problems.
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Pretty lame, if you ask me :confused:
 
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Travel advice Tunisia | Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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There is a risk of terrorist attacks throughout Tunisia, including on tourists and in tourist areas.

Local laws, rules and customs

The Tunisian authorities are very strict against the possession and use of drugs. Beware of young Tunisians who try to seduce you.
Point out for travel

Proper preparation of your trip can prevent many problems.
____________________________________

Pretty lame, if you ask me :confused:
It seems lame, but for a government to make mention of these things on an advisory is pretty big.
It’s a travel advisory and it doesn’t need to elaborate. It is including all of Tunisia.
If I see this kind of advisory, I do not go to that country. The risk of terrorist attracts is enough for me. But anytime they say ‘Beware’ it means it’s not good to get involved and to stay away. It gives me the impression I would be harassed by young men seducing me if I went there, and they are not nice young men. (Now I would say they are Rats, but a year ago, I still would have thought them to be some kind of theif based on the comment) For this to be mentioned in an advisory, I would assume that it is a big problem. It definatly would make me dig deeper on the subject if I was planning a trip there.
But then that is just how I am.
 

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Misbruik van liefdesrelaties
Sommige jonge Tunesiërs proberen Europese (vaak oudere) vrouwen te verleiden. Vooral in clubs en toeristische hotels. Deze mannen zijn vaak van eenvoudige afkomst. Door liefdesverklaringen proberen ze soms een financieel voordeel te krijgen. In andere gevallen proberen ze de vrouwen tot een huwelijk te overtuigen. Zij hopen op die manier een verblijfsvergunning voor Nederland te krijgen.

Het is volgens Tunesische traditie absoluut niet de gewoonte te huwen met een vrouw die ouder is dan de man. Wees daarom voorzichtig en denk goed na wanneer u een liefdesrelatie aanknoopt.

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Beware of relationships
Some young Tunisians are trying to seduce (many times older) women. Especially in clubs and hotels. These man are often with a poor uneducated background. With nice lovely words they try to gain financially. And in other case they try to convince women to get married. This to obtain a visa.

It’s traditionally not common to get married to an older woman in Tunisia. Please be aware when getting in a love relationship.
 

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Misbruik van liefdesrelaties
Sommige jonge Tunesiërs proberen Europese (vaak oudere) vrouwen te verleiden. Vooral in clubs en toeristische hotels. Deze mannen zijn vaak van eenvoudige afkomst. Door liefdesverklaringen proberen ze soms een financieel voordeel te krijgen. In andere gevallen proberen ze de vrouwen tot een huwelijk te overtuigen. Zij hopen op die manier een verblijfsvergunning voor Nederland te krijgen.

Het is volgens Tunesische traditie absoluut niet de gewoonte te huwen met een vrouw die ouder is dan de man. Wees daarom voorzichtig en denk goed na wanneer u een liefdesrelatie aanknoopt.

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Beware of relationships
Some young Tunisians are trying to seduce (many times older) women. Especially in clubs and hotels. These man are often with a poor uneducated background. With nice lovely words they try to gain financially. And in other case they try to convince women to get married. This to obtain a visa.

It’s traditionally not common to get married to an older woman in Tunisia. Please be aware when getting in a love relationship.
I think this is great! Wish they'd all do it! :thumbsup:
 

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Travel advice Tunisia | Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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There is a risk of terrorist attacks throughout Tunisia, including on tourists and in tourist areas.

Local laws, rules and customs

The Tunisian authorities are very strict against the possession and use of drugs. Beware of young Tunisians who try to seduce you.
Point out for travel

Proper preparation of your trip can prevent many problems.
____________________________________

Pretty lame, if you ask me :confused:
It’s a start. More than many do.
 

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Tunisia convicts dozens of jihadists over teen beheading
By AFP

PUBLISHED: 17:53, 9 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:53, 9 January 2019



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A Tunisian court has convicted dozens of jihadists over the 2015 murder of a teenage shepherd, but the vast majority remain on the run, a prosecution spokesman said Wednesday.

Mabrouk Soltani, 17, was beheaded as his sheep grazed on Mount Mghilla in central west Tunisia.

The details of the murder sparked outrage, with the victim's cousin forced to watch and carry his head to the family home.

A total of 49 people were convicted on Tuesday over the murder, including 45 in absentia, the prosecutor's spokesman Sofiene Sliti said.

Four were sentenced to death, one of whom is in custody, while the others were sentenced to between 15 and 36 years in prison.

Tunisian courts continue to issue death sentences despite no executions being carried out since 1991.

Those convicted over Soltani's killing were prosecuted under Tunisia's 2015 anti-terror legislation.

The murder was claimed by the Tunisian branch of the Islamic State group, Jund al-Khilafa, in a video which showed the killing.

Two years later, Soltani's brother Khalifa was abducted and killed in the same area, in an attack also claimed by IS.

The mountainous area near the Algerian border is also a stronghold of the Al-Qaeda-linked Okba Ibn Nafaa Battalion.

Since its 2011 revolution, Tunisia has experienced an increase in jihadist attacks that have killed dozens of members of the security forces and at least 59 foreign tourists.

The country has been under a state of emergency since November 2015, when an IS-claimed suicide bombing in Tunis killed 12 presidential guards.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6574241/Tunisia-convicts-dozens-jihadists-teen-beheading.html
 

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These terrorists find any way to get into our countries, be it illegal or via scam marriage.
Those that come illegally need permanent stay: Asylum or marriage within the country....so you will be beznessed from within your own home country.

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JANUARY 9, 2019 / 11:51 AM / UPDATED 9 HOURS AGO
Italy breaks up smuggling ring run by Islamic State sympathiser

PALERMO, Italy (Reuters) - Italian police seized eight men on Wednesday behind a speedboat smuggling ring that ran people, including possible jihadists, to Sicily from Tunisia, investigators said.

Operations were headed by a Tunisian man who used his Facebook account to spread Islamic State (IS) propaganda, they said. He remains at large and is wanted for inciting terrorism.

The paramilitary Carabinieri’s early morning sweep netted two Italians, with the rest mainly Tunisian.

As well as the IS promoter, six others, again mainly Tunisian, are sought for arrest on suspicion of people smuggling and trafficking in illegal cigarettes.

The group was “a real and concrete threat to national security because it was able to offer many irregular migrants a secret sea passage that was safe and fast,” the arrest warrant said.

The route to Sicily “was particularly attractive to subjects sought by Tunisian law enforcement for past crimes or because suspected to be connected to religiously motivated terrorist groups,” it added.

The investigation began in 2016 after a Tunisian man held in an Italian prison offered information saying he wanted to protect Italy from “an army of kamikazes”, the warrant said.

Using speed boats, the smugglers reached the southwest coast of Sicily within three-and-a-half hours carrying a handful of migrants and often other contraband, like cigarettes or hashish, according to testimony from the turncoat.

Police documented five smuggling trips, but many others are suspected to have taken place, one investigator said, because they were discussed in intercepted telephone conversations.

Italy’s Interior Minister Matteo Salvini lauded the operation on Twitter: “People smugglers and terrorists - stay home!!!”

https://uk.reuters.com/article/uk-italy-security-smuggling/italy-breaks-up-smuggling-ring-run-by-islamic-state-sympathiser-idUKKCN1P316S?rpc=401&
 

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Tunisia convicts dozens of jihadists over teen beheading
By AFP

PUBLISHED: 17:53, 9 January 2019 | UPDATED: 17:53, 9 January 2019



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A Tunisian court has convicted dozens of jihadists over the 2015 murder of a teenage shepherd, but the vast majority remain on the run, a prosecution spokesman said Wednesday.

Mabrouk Soltani, 17, was beheaded as his sheep grazed on Mount Mghilla in central west Tunisia.

The details of the murder sparked outrage, with the victim's cousin forced to watch and carry his head to the family home.

A total of 49 people were convicted on Tuesday over the murder, including 45 in absentia, the prosecutor's spokesman Sofiene Sliti said.

Four were sentenced to death, one of whom is in custody, while the others were sentenced to between 15 and 36 years in prison.

Tunisian courts continue to issue death sentences despite no executions being carried out since 1991.

Those convicted over Soltani's killing were prosecuted under Tunisia's 2015 anti-terror legislation.

The murder was claimed by the Tunisian branch of the Islamic State group, Jund al-Khilafa, in a video which showed the killing.

Two years later, Soltani's brother Khalifa was abducted and killed in the same area, in an attack also claimed by IS.

The mountainous area near the Algerian border is also a stronghold of the Al-Qaeda-linked Okba Ibn Nafaa Battalion.

Since its 2011 revolution, Tunisia has experienced an increase in jihadist attacks that have killed dozens of members of the security forces and at least 59 foreign tourists.

The country has been under a state of emergency since November 2015, when an IS-claimed suicide bombing in Tunis killed 12 presidential guards.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/afp/article-6574241/Tunisia-convicts-dozens-jihadists-teen-beheading.html
I didn’t know about the young shepherd boys brother who was kidnapped and murdered two years after his young brother was murdered. How utterly cruel and desperate for their parents and for the poor young cousin who will be traumatised for life. Barbarism found new depths.
 

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I didn’t know about the young shepherd boys brother who was kidnapped and murdered two years after his young brother was murdered. How utterly cruel and desperate for their parents and for the poor young cousin who will be traumatised for life. Barbarism found new depths.
I didn't know either, Laura.....and I felt exactly as you do.
The thought of losing one of my boys kills me, but two....and in such a cruel and terrifying way....I don't know how I'd continue to live :Cry:
It's hard to find words for how gutted I felt when I realised there was a brother too.....those poor parents :(
I just don't understand, I really don't :Cry:
 

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I didn't know either, Laura.....and I felt exactly as you do.
The thought of losing one of my boys kills me, but two....and in such a cruel and terrifying way....I don't know how I'd continue to live :Cry:
It's hard to find words for how gutted I felt when I realised there was a brother too.....those poor parents :(
I just don't understand, I really don't :Cry:
Why did they kill this particular boy?
 

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Why did they kill this particular boy?
I don't know, I can't remember what was going on.
I only knew about the first one because I was living there and it was all over the news, but in Arabic, so dickhead explained what was going on. I don't recall him explaining why though :confused:
The second one....I didn't even know had happened, but to do that to two lads from the same family tells me that somehow, in the deranged head of a terrorist, they've linked the two to something.
 

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Tunisia Raises Security Alert Level on Borders following US Warning

Friday, 11 January, 2019 - 07:45



Tourist police officers patrol the beach in Hammamet, Tunisia.
Tunis - Al Munji Al-Saidani
The Tunisian army and security forces have increased security alert level to the maximum on borders with Libya and Algeria, days after the US Department of State warned US citizens to avoid travel to Tunisia due to increased risk of terrorist attacks against foreign and domestic targets in the country.

Tunisia's high security and military presence at 11 border crossings shows seriousness in dealing with the US warning.

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Tunisia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, museums, resorts, hotels, festivals, nightclubs, restaurants, religious sites, markets/shopping malls, government facilities, and security forces, according to the US warning.

Interior Minister Hichem Fourati belittled the US warning saying that “these warnings do not only concern Tunisia but rather involve all the countries of the world”.

“Many European countries, including Great Britain, have already eased their restrictions on travel to Tunisia, which they have sent to their nationals, thereby recovering many of the traditional destinations on the Tunisian tourist market,” the minister said.

According to Tunisian military sources, some terror suspects confessed that a terrorist group called "Ahrar al-Janoub" (Free South) is plotting terrorist attacks starting from the south. The interior ministry revealed that it has been following four terrorist members of this group.

Tunisia commenced at the beginning of 2019 the implementation of a new security plan to combat terrorism. It primarily depends on attacking terrorist members suddenly in mountain regions and running ahead their suspicious movements.

This plan began in Kasserine and will gradually reach other states along the western border.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1541366/tunisia-raises-security-alert-level-borders-following-us-warning
 

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Specific Areas to Avoid:

Embassy Tunis regulations require advance notification to Embassy security officials of travel by Embassy personnel outside greater Tunis. Certain cities and governorates in Tunisia have a fluid and unpredictable security environment, and these areas require additional scrutiny before U.S. government personnel may travel to them. U.S. citizens should avoid the following areas due to terrorist activity:

  • Within 30 km of southeastern Tunisia along the border with Libya.
  • Mountainous areas in the country’s west, including the Chaambi Mountain National Park area.
  • Jendouba south of Ain Drahem and west of RN15, El Kef, and Kasserine, next to the Algerian border.
  • Gafsa and Sidi Bou Zid in central Tunisia.
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/international-travel/International-Travel-Country-Information-Pages/Tunisia.html
 

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Tunisia Raises Security Alert Level on Borders following US Warning

Friday, 11 January, 2019 - 07:45



Tourist police officers patrol the beach in Hammamet, Tunisia.
Tunis - Al Munji Al-Saidani
The Tunisian army and security forces have increased security alert level to the maximum on borders with Libya and Algeria, days after the US Department of State warned US citizens to avoid travel to Tunisia due to increased risk of terrorist attacks against foreign and domestic targets in the country.

Tunisia's high security and military presence at 11 border crossings shows seriousness in dealing with the US warning.

Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Tunisia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, museums, resorts, hotels, festivals, nightclubs, restaurants, religious sites, markets/shopping malls, government facilities, and security forces, according to the US warning.

Interior Minister Hichem Fourati belittled the US warning saying that “these warnings do not only concern Tunisia but rather involve all the countries of the world”.

“Many European countries, including Great Britain, have already eased their restrictions on travel to Tunisia, which they have sent to their nationals, thereby recovering many of the traditional destinations on the Tunisian tourist market,” the minister said.

According to Tunisian military sources, some terror suspects confessed that a terrorist group called "Ahrar al-Janoub" (Free South) is plotting terrorist attacks starting from the south. The interior ministry revealed that it has been following four terrorist members of this group.

Tunisia commenced at the beginning of 2019 the implementation of a new security plan to combat terrorism. It primarily depends on attacking terrorist members suddenly in mountain regions and running ahead their suspicious movements.

This plan began in Kasserine and will gradually reach other states along the western border.

https://aawsat.com/english/home/article/1541366/tunisia-raises-security-alert-level-borders-following-us-warning
And all I see is Tunisia worried about their tourist dollars. Even after a warning, they deflect and attempt to downplay the fact that this is very much real. Just sickening. :rolleyes:

I'm a US citizen and if our US soldiers wont visit this country, I'm not either. Thats enough for me to say, no. Even with it being cheap to fly there, they still cant or wont go. Why would I put myself in danger when trained professionals wont even do it.

Then to top it off, the minister belittled the decision. That tells me all I need to know. They can have The Avengers as their guards and security detail, I ain't going . You can't fight hopeless people. They have nothing to lose.
 
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