Tunisia: Balancing political and security priorities

The announcement of Tunisia’s planned purchase of 12 U.S. Black Hawk attack helicopters directed international media attention towards the Tunisian military forces’ continued engagement with a violent Islamist insurgency in the Mount Chaambi and Mount Semmama areas of Kasserine in August. Despite President Marzouki’s justification of the military expansion as a “matter of urgency” (Al…