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Jihadists coordinate on Tunisian-Algerian border

Tunisia and Algeria are coordinating to confront the terror threat emanating along their border, as jihadists gain strength from the Libyan crisis.
Tunisian soldiers patrol near the border with Algeria as seen from the area of Mount Chambi, west Tunisia  June 11, 2013. A mine exploded this morning injuring one local shepherd near Mount Chaambi in Kasserine governorate near a closed military area, according to local media reports.  REUTERS/Stringer (TUNISIA - Tags: MILITARY) - RTX10K2F
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ALGIERS, Algeria — Khaled Chaib, also known as Lokman Abu Sakhr, is an Algerian militant fighting Tunisian soldiers in Mount Chambi, located in the Constantine province of eastern Algeria. Algerian security sources who are following the fight against terrorism on the Algerian-Tunisian border told Al-Monitor that armed groups in the two countries seek to coordinate their operations in the area of ​​Mount Chambi. This coordination aims to undermine the efforts of both countries to blockade them before they can receive new fighters and military equipment from Libya.

The source, who preferred to remain anonymous given the sensitivity of the subject, said that fighters from various organizations, including Ansar al-Sharia in Tunisia, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Ansar al-Sharia in Libya, are moving across the Tunisian-Libyan border areas to bring arms in and recruit young men to fight in Mount Chambi.

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