Terrorism & Insurgency
20 November 2014
Militants celebrate their victory by climbing on top of an M60 tank to wave the black jihadist banner. Source: Islamic State
- The new Sinai affiliate of the Islamic State has released a video to claim the 24 October attack on the Egyptian Army
- The video shows a ruthless and sustained attack that overran a mechanised detachment of at least five armoured vehicles
The severity of the insurgency facing the Egyptian military in the Sinai Peninsula has been highlighted by a video showing the attack that reportedly killed at least 30 Egyptian soldiers on 24 October. Continue reading
Posted in Egypt, ISIS, Middle East, Military
- Tagged Arish, Associated Press, Bedouin, Egypt, Gaza Strip, Islamic Terrorism, Islamism, Mohamed Morsi, North Sinai Governorate, Sinai Peninsula
CAIRO — After June 30, 2013, many people thought that the end of Muslim Brotherhood rule would bring about military-enforced secularism, or more religious and personal freedom. Instead, they are slowly finding out that the new state is very similar to the old state and employing the same — if not worse — tactics against said freedoms. The Islamists may no longer be in power, but religious despotism seems to be alive and well in the land of the Nile.
People gather at the Virgin Church for the funeral of four victims killed in an attack at a wedding on Sunday, in Cairo, Oct. 21, 2013. (photo by REUTERS/ Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
Exhibit A: Shiite college student Amr Abdallah was just sentenced to five years in jail for “contempt for religion.” Amr was arrested Nov. 14, 2013, when he entered Al-Hussein Mosque during an Ashoura celebration, an act the authorities deemed worthy of arrest and interrogation. The court, in its opinion, stated that its function is to dispense justice based on the rules that God has laid out. The court also stated that the views presented by Amr after his questioning were an abominable attack on religion that cannot be defended by the constitutionally protected freedoms of belief or expression, given that the basis of all legislation is Sharia principles, which Amr’s views are completely against. Continue reading
English: Smuggling Tunnel, Rafah, Gaza Strip (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
February 2, 2014 4:31pm
Five officers from Israel’s Mossad spy agency and three Egyptians will stand trial on Wednesday on charges of spying for the Jewish state, judicial sources said.
Egyptian prosecutors have accused the eight of espionage and supplying Israel with information impacting Egypt’s national security, the sources said on Sunday.
The trial is expected to open with none of the defendants present, the sources said, because the Mossad officers are “on the run” while it is not clear if the three Egyptians had been arrested.
The Egyptian suspects hail from Rafah, on the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip, they said, adding that the trial will be held in the Suez canal city of Ismailiya.
The trial of a Jordanian engineer accused of having spied for Israel is also underway in Egypt.
Posted in Egypt, Intelligence, Israel, Middle East, Politics, Security, War & Conflicts
- Tagged Egypt, Egyptians, Espionage, Gaza Strip, Ilan Grapel affair, Israel, Mossad, Rafah
by: Al-Masry Al-Youm Saturday, July 21, 2012
Egypt’s newly elected President Mohammed Morsi, center, speaks to delegates at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Sunday, July 15. Photo Credit:AP/Elias Asmare
Mohamed al-Zawahiri, brother of Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, has said that the 572 military detainees pardoned by President Mohamed Morsy on Thursday included 25 leaders of Islamic Jihad and Jama’a al-Islamiya. …
Morsy had announced that, to mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan, he was pardoning 572 military prisoners who were detained in connection with the 25 January revolution or protests during the transitional period.
Posted in Africa, Al-Qaeda, Egypt, Middle East, Politics, Security, Terrorism, War & Conflicts
- Tagged Addis Ababa, Al-masry Al-youm, Al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, Mohamed Morsy, Ramadan
English: Over 2 millions protesting in Tahrir Square after Mubarak’s speech saying that they’ll go to his palace tomorrow. February 11, 2011 – 12:18 AM (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Friday, June 08, 2012
Today there is a mass demonstration of thousands in Tahrir Square in Cairo against what many Egyptians felt was a light sentence for Hosni Mubarak in his trial.
The women in the protest better watch out.
Her screams were not drowned out by the clamor of the crazed mob of nearly 200 men around her.
An endless number of hands reached toward the woman in the red shirt in an assault scene that lasted less than 15 minutes but felt more like an hour.
She was pushed by the sea of men for about a block into a side street from Tahrir Square. Many of the men were trying to break up the frenzy, but it was impossible to tell who was helping and who was assaulting.
Pushed against the wall, the unknown woman’s head finally disappeared. Her screams grew fainter, then stopped. Her slender tall frame had clearly given way. She apparently had passed out. The helping hands finally splashed the attackers with bottles of water to chase them away.
The assault late Tuesday was witnessed by an Associated Press reporter who was almost overwhelmed by the crowd herself and had to be pulled to safety by men who ferried her out of the melee in an open Jeep.
Reports of assaults on women in Tahrir, the epicentre of the uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak to step down last year, have been on the rise with a new round of mass protests to denounce a mixed verdict against the ousted leader and his sons in a trial last week.
No official numbers exist for attacks on women in the square because police do not go near the area, and women rarely report such incidents.
But activists and protesters have reported a number of particularly violent assaults on women in the past week. Many suspect such assaults are organised by opponents of the protests to weaken the spirit of the protesters and drive people away.
Mahmoud said two of his female friends were cornered Monday and pushed into a small passageway by a group of men in the same area where the woman in the red shirt was assaulted.
Posted in Middle East, Politics, Security, War & Conflicts, Women Rights
- Tagged Associated Press, Cairo, Egypt, Egyptians, Hosni Mubarak, Mona Seif, Protest, Tahrir Square
Gulf media is reporting that a recent charity dinner for an Islamic endowment sponsored by the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS) has raised over $6.5 million dollars for the project. Of particular interest is that the Gulf News report indicates that Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi personally donated over half a million dollars of that amount:
May 15, 2012 A charity dinner in Qatar has raised QR 24 million ($6,586,170) for the ‘Renaissance of a Nation’ endowment project launched by the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS). The project aims to raise enough funds to help the union, headed by Doha-based scholar Yusuf Al Qaradawi, be financially self-sustained. The dinner was attended by Qatar’s Crown Prince Shaikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, ministers, diplomats and business people, local Arabic daily Al Sharq reported on Tuesday. ‘Your generous donations and the funds raised by selling some rare items will help us build a tower and acquire buildings and shares for the endowments of the union,’ Shaikh Ali Mohieddeen Al Qardaghi, the union secretary general, said in his address. The union has plans to invest up to $100 million within the next 10 years to help secure financial returns that will be used for its charity work. Antique carpets, clothing The sale of historic carpets and Ottoman-era clothes and copies of the Holy Quran from Turkey raised QR17 million. The amount was topped by a QR 5 million ($1,372,120) donation by Shaikh Faisal Bin Qassim Al Thani, owner of Al Faisal Without Borders Charity Foundation who was awarded the Personality of the Year distinction by the union. Al Qaradawi donated another SR2 million ($548,847). Al Faisal Without Borders Charity Foundation was set up in June 2011 by Shaikh Faisal, a prominent businessman, as a foundation ‘for the benefit of all, at home and abroad, without any reservation or discrimination on the basis of nationality, race or religion.’
Posted in Africa, Islam, Middle East, Muslim Brotherhood, Reports
- Tagged Egypt, International Institute of Islamic Thought, Islam, Muslim, Muslim Brotherhood, Qaradawi, Qatar, Yusuf al-Qaradawi