Military backs new leaders in Tunisia

by David D. Kirkpatrick

Photo: Holly Pickett/New York Times

TUNIS — New battle lines appeared to take shape in traumatized Tunisia on Sunday as the military backed the nascent interim government in what state media portrayed as a fight against security forces loyal to ousted President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali, blaming them for the violence and rioting that has engulfed the country since protests forced him from power 48 hours earlier.