March 25, 2015

The Dark Side: ISIS invades Tatooine, Star Wars fans warned not to visit town that inspired the name of desert planet

Rebel Staff

Star Wars fans aren't thrilled the popular nerd destination of Tataouine is now a backdrop in Tunisia's struggle to keep ISIS terrorists out.

According to CNN, “This struggling town on the fringes of the Sahara still draws a few fans of the movie but now finds itself part of a real conflict, as a way-station for jihadists crossing the Libyan border 60 miles to the east.”

Earlier this month, Islamic terrorists opened fire at the National Bardo Museum in Tunisia, killing tourists, along with a security officer and a museum employee.
In addition, two armed weapons caches were found in the region. One contained rocket-propelled grenade launchers and more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition.

The British government is advising only traveling to the area if it is essential.

According to, “while Tataouine was not used in any of the movies, it is obviously the inspiration for the name of the desert planet that till that point was known as Utapau.”

Is there a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than ISIS?

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commented 2015-03-25 19:35:32 -0400
" Luke! I am your imam!"
commented 2015-03-25 16:21:46 -0400
Next thing you know, you’ll have Darth Vader leading Stormtrooper terrorist cells.