Tunisians will forever remember June 10, 2021. They will remember the child, his face, the security forces beating him, dragging him across the asphalt, and stripping off his clothes. He was only 15, and the authorities refuse to apologize.
Isn’t it strange that most Tunisian experts will give the same answer when you ask them about the reason behind the participation of thousands of Tunisians in the battles in Syria? The reason, they say, is: “Freedom!”
Everyone Daraj interviewed in Tunisia, from researchers to journalists and officials, confirm the existence of well-known entities behind sending Tunisians to Syria after the revolution broke out there.
More than a hundred young men left al-Alia town to join the war in Syria, between 2012-2014, the period of the “Troika Rule”, as Tunisians call the years when al-Nahda Movement, the Tunisian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, was in power.