ISIL insurgency in Tunisia

The ISIL insurgency in Tunisia refers to the ongoing militant and terror activity of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant branch in Tunisia. The activity of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in Tunisia began in June 2015, with the Sousse attacks, though an earlier terror incident in Bardo Museum in March 2015 was claimed by ISIL, while the Tunisian government blamed Okba Ibn Nafaa Brigade for the attack. Following massive border clashes near Ben Guerdane in March 2016, the activity of the ISIL group was described as an armed insurgency,[25] switching from previous tactics of sporadic suicide attacks to attempts to gain territorial control.

ISIL insurgency in Tunisia
Part of spillover of the Second Libyan Civil War, the Arab Winter and the Insurgency in the Maghreb (2002–present)
Date26 June 2015 – present
(6 years, 3 months, 2 weeks and 6 days)
Result Ongoing

 Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)

Ansar al-Sharia
(only in March 2016)[2]


Supported by:

Commanders and leaders
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi      
(Self-proclaimed Caliph)
Unknown local leader
Kais Saied
Beji Caid Essebsi
Abdelkarim Zbidi
Farhat Horchani
Hichem Fourati
Lotfi Brahem
Hédi Majdoub
Mohd. Najem Gharsalli
Casualties and losses
45–67+[n 1] killed
54+[7] captured
38 killed
38 wounded

41[n 2]–63+[n 3] civilians killed
46[n 4]–88+[n 5] civilians wounded
1[n 6] kidnapped
1[13] missing

Total: 191[n 7]–235+[n 8] killed

84[n 9]–126 [n 10] wounded