- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The desert sands of Tunisia hold a special place in “Star Wars” history, but now a famous shooting location in the country serves as a real backdrop to the U.S. coalition’s fight against the Islamic State group.

The town of Tataouine, which is located roughly 60 miles from Libya, is now being used as a rally point for terrorists looking to head into the north African country. Director George Lucas used the location in while filming “Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope” in 1976.

Three men were recently arrested on charges of trying to sneak into Libya to join the Sunni radical terror group, and earlier this month two arms caches were found with rocket propelled grenades, CNN reported Tuesday.

“The people need to be the third eye of the security forces” said tax driver Bassim, CNN reported. “And we need to think of the safety of visitors like we think of the safety of our families. […] We want to be the hope of the Arab world like we were four years ago. We still have hope, but now we have fear, too,” he added.

On March 18, the National Bardo Museum in Tunis was hit by a terrorist attack that killed 21 people. It was the worst attack in the country in over a decade. Five security officials have been detained in connection with the killings, The Associated Press reported Tuesday.

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