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The main responsibilities of the army are to guard the border with Libya and support naval operations along the Mediterranean coastline. Soldiers are also tasked with fighting insurgents along the western border with Algeria.

In January 2011, Gen. Rachid Ammar, leader of the Tunisian army, publicly pledged to uphold the revolution until elections could be held. He was fired by Ben Ali for refusing to fire on protesters. After Ben Ali's ouster, the general was returned to...

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