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Calm Down, ‘Star Wars’ Nerds, Tattooine Hasn’t Been Taken Over By Terrorists

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Don’t worry, you can still go to Tosche Station and pick up those power converters after all — the online hubub that the former set of “Star Wars” was recently seized by ISIS terrorists appear to have been greatly exaggerated.

The Tunisian city of Tatouine is best known for being the namesake for “Tatooine,” the desert planet that Luke Skywalker calls home in the “Star Wars” franchise. Recently, however, it’s been in the news thanks to a report from CNN that claimed ISIS fighters have been using the town as a way-station on the way to Libya. The story — which also stated that a large weapons cache was found and that many arrests have been made in the area — went viral and somehow warped into something completely different, with headlines suggesting that ISIS had completely taken over the “Star Wars” sets themselves.

In actuality those classic Tattooine scenes from “Star Wars” were filmed a few hundred miles west of the actual city of Tatouine, much closer to the city of Tozeur. They remain there today thanks to restoration efforts from a group of dedicated “Star Wars” fans, but according to officials in the area, they are not in danger of attack.

“I can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that all is normal,” Col. Mokhtar Hammami of the National Guard told said to Associated Press. “In fact we’ve seen a big influx of foreign tourists and Tunisians in the area,” he said, most likely due to a recent electronic music festival that took place in Tatouine a few weeks ago.

So what’s a worried “Star Wars” fan to do? Maybe get some perspective, says Belgian “Star Wars” fan and Save the Lars Homestead project leader Mark Dermul. “Hundreds of people are suffering from these terrorist activities and people are worried about movie sets?” he told The Daily Beast, alluding in part to the recent ISIS attack on a national museum that killed 21 last week. “I think we need to focus on what is really important here.”

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