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Town Where ‘Star Wars’ Was Filmed Now A Backdrop For ISIS

For every movie fan, and sci-fi geek in the world, this latest piece of news may break your heart. If it does, I’m sorry to bring you the bad news.

The wide open desert that served as the location and backdrop for the epic movie series ‘Star Wars‘ is now serving as a “way-station” for ISIS, reports CNN.

The town of Tataouine, which is located near southern Tunisia, used to draw fans of the series, but currently is part of a much larger conflict, as it sits only 60 miles from the Libyan border. And instead of drawing movie fans, it draws jihadists who want to cross the border.

Earlier this month, before the gun attack on the Bardo Museum in Tunis, three young men were arrested here as they allegedly made plans to cross into Libya to join a terrorist network. A local official told CNN they had since been taken to Tunis for questioning.

Two arms caches have also been found in the region this month, one of which included rocket-propelled grenade launchers and more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition, thought to have been removed from a Libyan armory in the aftermath of Moammar Gadhafi’s ouster in 2011.

The Tunisian desert has the most ideal conditions for terrorists to roam free, stash weapons, and plan their destructive desires, with its wide open spaces and sparse population.


Matt Schuck

Staff Writer

Matt Schuck is a staff writer for Daily Surge. He's a DC native who got his start in broadcasting doing stints at the legendary radio station DC101 and Hot 99.5, before being recruited by the Heritage Foundation to launch their first ever radio program. Matt has worked with SiriusXM, Phil Hendrie (Team America, Futurama), and as an executive producer for the John Fredericks Show.

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