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US-Tunisian military cooperation tested by Saied's actions

The Tunisian president's assertion of executive authority has been met with both opposition and support, and some are questioning US military assistance.
Tunisians chant slogans supporting President Kais Saied during a rally at Habib Bourguiba Avenue, Tunis, Tunisia, Oct. 3, 2021.

The 10-year cooperation deal between the United States and the Tunisian military could be undermined if the president of the Tunisian Republic continues to use the military for political ends and involves them in human rights abuses such as trials of civilians in military courts.

US-Tunisian military cooperation goes back as far as World War II, when Tunisians fought alongside the allied offensive against the Nazis. This strong relationship resulted in Tunisia being designated a major non-NATO ally under the Obama administration.

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