ISIS in Tatooine. You’ll never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy.
Fans of the iconic Star Wars film series are being warned away from visiting the town known as Tataouine, which inspired the name of Luke Skywalker’s home planet of Tatooine and is close to many of the filming locations used in the iconic scenes shot on the desert planet, as the town has now become a way-station for terrorists looking to enter Libya to join ISIS. Usually, it’s just a spaceport for Jedi Masters to get to Alderaan, and ends up becoming a way-station to the Death Star. I guess it’s the same thing?
CNN reported that two arms caches have been found in the area this month, including rocket-propelled grenade launchers and more than 20,000 rounds of ammunition. No word on if they found the weapons by combing the desert.
This comes a few weeks after the attacks on the Bardo Museum in Tunisia, and the arrest of three young men who planned to cross Libya to try and join ISIS. Star Wars fans often flock to Tunisia to make “pilgrimages” to visit the filming locations located in the country, including Anakin Skywalker’s home in Episode I: The Phantom Menace, if, you know, you count that as a movie. There’s a whole guide of locations on the Star Wars website with itineraries, even.
However, recent violence has led to warnings against travel through the region. The U.S. Embassy is urging travelers to avoid the border areas due to “periodic security incidents”, and the British government has also warned against “all but essential travel” to a large swath of the country, including Tatouine and Nefta, which was the shooting location of Luke’s childhood home with Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru. You know, where they shot this iconic scene that’s about to give you the douche-chills.
Hopefully the area becomes safe for nerds to travel once more. Help us, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re our only hope..
[via The Huffington Post]