Tunisia: Armed Frenchmen fleeing Libya detained, 3 versions of events

April 25, 2019 | Brainwave Science

Tunisia: Armed Frenchmen fleeing Libya detained, 3 versions of events: Brainwave ScienceSITUATION

Libya, France, and Tunisia all have differing statements about the Europeans arrested by Tunisian law enforcement personnel last week on charges of illegal immigration. What happened? Tunisian authorities detained 13 French nationals with weapons and diplomatic passports attempting to cross into the country from neighboring Libya. According to Tunisia defense ministry, this isn’t the first time when European nationals have tried to illegally enter the country.

Later, the incident turned out to be more complex and controversial as detained Frenchmen possessed weapons and diplomatic passports. Since the incidents occurred, there have been various explanations given by the countries involved: Libya, France, and Tunisia. According to reports and one explanation, arrested French citizens were assisting Libya’s renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar, whose forces this month attempted to seize the Libya capital, Tripoli.

According to ‘Libyan source’, the armed French nationals briefly detained in Tunisia were military specialists stationed at the al-Watiya air force base in western Libya, which is also used by Haftar’s Libyan National Army. After the same airbase came under attack by GNA forces, 13 French citizens planned to retreat to Tunisia and fly to France from there. However, before they could implement the plan, all 13 suspects were detained by Tunisia border forces. Sources further said that French nationals were deported to France after high-ranking unnamed officials intervened the investigation.

On the other hand, Tunisia sources said that armed French nationals were intelligence officers, not diplomats as stated by France. Radio France Internationale (RFI) quoted an unnamed source in the office of Tunisia’s presidency confirmed the above statement. However, Saida Qarash, the spokeswoman of the Tunisian presidency, denied such reports and said the issue of “European diplomats” was settled through legal and diplomatic channels. It is difficult to say which one is telling the truth- RFI or Saida Qarash.

French foreign ministry explained that the men arrested in Tunisia were neither intelligence agents nor assisting Libya’s renegade military commander. The French citizens were part of the security detail guarding the French embassy in Tripoli. French spokesperson said Tunisian authorities were aware of the security team’s movement and it is normal for members of the French embassy in Libya travel to Tunisia frequently. It is difficult to say which one explanation is the truth and what was the real identity of the arrested 13-armed French nationals.


Since the incident, several experts have analyzed the stories and disposed of one account or other. According to Mustafa Fetouri, a Libyan academic based in Paris, he rejected French and Libyan theories stating French government claimed the men were the guard of the embassy in Tripoli, however, the embassy isn’t even operational. He further added, French nationals can’t assist Haftar also because if they were then it is more logical for French men to fly out of the country from Libya, which would be much safer.

Libya, which has been bogged down in chaos since the NATO-backed toppling of Gaddafi in 2011, has been divided into rival eastern and western administrations since 2014. Haftar’s violence push has reignited a full-blown civil war. In such a grave situation, this case becomes more sensitive. Recently, Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the internationally recognized government in Tripoli, accused France of supporting ‘dictator’ Khalifa Haftar.

Here, it is very much possible that detained French nationals posed a significant threat to Tunisia or Libya. According to previous records, several French nationals were arrested or killed in Libya during their illicit intelligence-gathering mission. Questions asked by experts, law enforcement personnel and readers, in this case, is what threat these men posed or what information they possessed was of any harm to Tunisia or Libya. In terms of illegal infiltration and intelligence gathering, countries with the help of their respective law enforcement agencies need to protect themselves from every threat foreign and domestic. Europe and several Asian countries are constantly struggling to eliminate threats like espionage and terrorism. In such a fast-moving world where diplomatic inferences are most likely to occur in order to gain power, national security and law enforcement personnel have very limited time to identify and interrogate the threat. The only possible and logical solution for national security in such controversial and complex cases is the need to identify righteous investigative tools that could identify the truth and perpetrators from innocents within a record-breaking time and reveal what crime-related information suspects possess without any necessity of physical evidence.


Technological advancements often change society. Counterintelligence today, however, is a war of a different kind. There are no frontiers in 21st-century national security. Distinguishing clear lines of responsibility between foreign and domestic security is a thing of the past. Therefore, traditional means of developing law enforcement technologies are simply inadequate to deal with today’s strategic realities, and the war on global terrorism should top our list of concerns. Human intelligence though always the most bankable resource has its limitations, developing technologies that leap ahead of criminals must always remain primary focus to assist and accelerate human potential. One such technology that helps investigators determine the truth has been developed by Brainwave Science, and it’s called iCognative. iCognative is a revolutionary neuroscience-based forensic technology developed to amplify and complement human intelligence and address the modern challenge faced by national security and law enforcement agencies in all types of investigations. It is applicable in almost all cases wherever some investigation has been carried out.

The confusion in the case at hand is related to the identity of Frenchmen and their presence along with a purpose in Tunisia. Using a simple iCognative test it can be easily determined which version of facts are also present in the brains of those apprehended by Tunisian authorities. iCognative technology is used in detecting whether information about a specific crime, terrorist act, or incident is stored in the brain. Second, it is used to determine whether a subject has a specific type of knowledge, expertise, or training, such as information specific to a profession like a counterintelligence operative, armed forces trained personnel or a member of a terrorist organization like ISIS. All the questions that law enforcement agencies might have such as the reason for presence of 13 French nationals with weapons and diplomatic passports attempting to cross into the country from neighboring Libya, relations of those apprehended and their plans for assisting Libya’s renegade military commander Khalifa Haftar, were these armed French nationals were intelligence officers or not diplomats or they are as explained by France just members of security detail for the French Embassy in Tunisia. iCognative test can determine the presence or absence of specific facts in the brains of these 13 French nationals and quickly help determine their knowledge, their plans, and their specific training if they do possess any or not. iCognative test is premised on the fact that a specific electrical P300 signal is emitted from an individual’s brain approximately 300 milliseconds after he or she is confronted with a stimulus of special significance. iCognative system is rooted in advancements made in cognitive psychophysiology, where specific brainwave patterns are analyzed to reveal with over 99% statistical confidence whether a suspect is concealing privileged information.

Countries like Libya and Tunisia struggle to protect their borders from domestic and foreign threats need to deploy iCognative as prime investigations method. In this case, all the necessary crime-related information could be accessed and verified with almost perfect accuracy once iCognative test is conducted by law enforcement personnel on arrested French nationals. Since intrusion is common in Libya and Tunisia, it is only logical and reliable to utilize advanced and cost-effective technology such as iCognative to guarantee their national security. Possibility of error or lost opportunity can be minimized to zero when iCognative, a fool-proof and advanced scientific intelligence-gathering technology, is used to investigate cases, eliminate espionage and terrorism and spread fear among criminals and enemies. We can win this war only with the support of iCognative.

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Al Jazeera

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Embassy of Tunisia