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Tunisia is one of the Arab world's most secular nations and has won praise for its democratic progress since the 2011 Arab Spring uprising, which began there.At the same time, Tunisia supplies the largest contingent of foreign fighters to extremist group ISIS, according to the Tunisian government. A senior Tunisian security source said the two young attackers were the product of profound political shifts in Tunisia since the Arab Spring allowed long-oppressed ultraconservative Islamists to come into the open. Most of the families are middle class.In Ouslatia, near the historic mosque town of Kairouen, more than 20 young men have left, residents say.Khachnaoui, 21, was not uneducated, unemployed or poor. His family is relatively well off, with a large house and land. Conservative imams continued to control some mosques and attract followers.Khachnaoui left home without notice last December.More than 20 residents of Sbiba, including students and professionals, have left to fight for militant groups outside Tunisia, Kechini said. In December 2014, Abidi left home, his uncle said, telling his family he was on a two-month business trip on Tunisia's coast.
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