The Tunisian army is likely to remain deployed in the Djebel Selloum area of Kasserine governorate until at least mid-September following armed clashes between soldiers and suspected militants in the area on September 2. Authorities reported that the associated firefight killed three militants.
Military forces may establish security checkpoints in the area over the next few days. Transportation and business disruptions are likely in areas subject to heightened security measures.
Several terrorist groups operate in Tunisia. These militant groups regularly attempt to attack security forces, civilians and foreigners. However, security forces neutralize the most complex attacks before they materialize.
Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM)-affiliated Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade and Islamic State (IS)-affiliated Jund al-Khilafah are both active in the mountainous regions of Kasserine Governorate. Since 2014, part of the mountainous region near the Algerian-Tunisian border has been designated a closed military zone as security forces pursue militants who have entrenched themselves in the area. Security operations focused on the areas of Djebel Chaambi, Djebel Sammama, Djebel Selloum and Djebel Mghilla.
Postpone non-essential travel to the Jebel Selloum area until the situation has normalized. Maintain heightened vigilance if operating in rural areas of Kasserine Governorate. Avoid areas where security forces seem to congregate. In case of violence, leave the area immediately and seek shelter in a safe place. Expect disruptions in areas subject to heightened security measures. Maintain contact with diplomatic representations.
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. Tunisia Reinforcement security probable following armed clashes between soldiers militants suspected Djebel Selloum governorate Kasserine September