Troops battle ex-ruler's bodyguards in Tunisia
January 16th, 2011
02:37 PM ET

Troops battle ex-ruler's bodyguards in Tunisia

Tunisia's army clashed with armed gangs in the capital and remnants of ousted President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali's personal guard Sunday as an opposition figure said leaders have agreed on a new
government.

Government troops appeared to have retaken the presidential palace in the seaside suburb of Carthage by Sunday evening, but sporadic gunfire continued around the neighborhood as night fell, said Mohamad Guiga, a nearby resident.

"It is a battle zone," Guiga told CNN by telephone from his home, about 1 kilometer away from the palace. "From time to time, we hear some shooting. The fire is very clear," he added.

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  1. Suzy Wong

    Bless that country and all the just ppl who r trying to do good for all not for greed.
    Help them steady that rocky boat with wisdom fairness and kindness-

    January 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Sherri W.W.#1~ ILLinois

    @SusieWong~I agree,however EVERONE IN AMERICA needs to look HARD at the picture here,and remind yrself every single day how much we NEVER want to be Tunisa,or any country like them~we have already MADE our progress and we SURE dont want to ever go back!

    January 16, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Numbaoneballa

    The former ruler was a tyrant just like Bush.

    January 16, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RUFFNUTT

    thats my favorite map on cod2

    January 16, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ike

    Africa is not strategically important to the U.S. That is why we rarely send troops there. Not that we should. Capitalism is the best weapon against war.

    January 16, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AMERICA 1st

    the Honorable George W. Bush wasthe greatest president next to the Honorable Ronald Reagan. Mr. Reagan was the best president in the recent history! he built up the military at a time it was needed. the military should be just as large now as it was then!

    January 16, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cesar

    @America 1st: Yea, Reagan did such a great job he started us down the path to massive debt. George W. Bush, just put the final nail on the coffin.

    January 16, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. banasy

    @sherri whatever~IL

    Enough. Just zip it, already.

    @Cesar: Amen.

    January 16, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. COL. BAT GUANO

    The Honorable Ronald McDonald is our golden boy.

    January 17, 2011 at 3:34 am | Report abuse |
  10. LOW LYF

    REMEBER WHEN WE DRIVE YOUR 82 CAMARO THROUGH TUNISIA THOSE CHICS WERE ALL OVER US THAT WAS BEFORE YOU STOLE MY THREE WOLF T-SHIRT

    January 17, 2011 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |