Tunisia Calls Up Reserve Troops Amid Unrest

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TUNIS, Tunisia - Tunisia's Defense Ministry is calling up recently retired troops as the country struggles to contain unrest that has persisted even after the ouster of the North African country's dictatorial regime.

A statement published by official news agency TAP asks soldiers who have retired within the past five years, as well as youths who recently carried out their mandatory military service, to report for duty starting Sunday. It is not immediately clear how many reinforcements the move would bring.

Tunisia has been struggling to restore order since former dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled into exile Jan. 14 following a month of nationwide anti-government protests.

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