September 22, 2013 |
Most of the attention these days is on Syria, but there is also a growing problem in Egypt with global implications. Nine Egyptian policemen were wounded by a bomb in the northern Sinai Peninsula on Monday. The week before, suicide bombers killed nine soldiers in the peninsula. Shootings, kidnappings and bombings - roadside, car and suicide - have become routine occurrences in Sinai. And the burgeoning Islamist insurgency is spreading to other parts of Egypt. In early September, the interior minister narrowly survived a car-bomb attack in Cairo reportedly perpetrated by a Sinai-based jihadist group.
September 18, 2013 |
CAIRO - Demonstrating determination to quash the Muslim Brotherhood rather than seek to draw the Islamist group back into the political fold, Egyptian authorities on Tuesday arrested a prominent spokesman for the organization and renewed a freeze on the financial assets of senior leaders. The latest steps by the interim government, reported by Egypt's state news agency MENA, appeared to be an effort to capitalize on the strong anti-Brotherhood sentiment that cuts across much of the country's political spectrum and has buoyed the interim government.
September 18, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Deposed President Mohamed Morsi has had his first conversations with his family since the coup that overthrew him and defiantly declared that he is still Egypt's legitimate leader, according to a Turkish news report. The 62-year-old Islamist has been detained in an undisclosed location since Egypt's army forced him from power on July 3. Until now, he has been held virtually incommunicado, with even his legal team unable to speak with him. Turkey's state Anatolia news agency said the phone calls with family members took place last week.
September 16, 2013 |
CAIRO - In what could presage a broader strike against Islamists who have been attacking Coptic Christians in the Nile Valley, Egyptian security forces on Monday swept into a community where supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi had in effect seized control. The Christian minority in the central town of Dalga, about 175 miles south of Cairo, reported a harsh campaign of intimidation in recent weeks by militants who burned churches and shook down individuals, demanding protection money in the form of an archaic "tax" on non-Muslims.
September 14, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak was back in the criminal dock Saturday, but only long enough for the court to adjourn the case until Oct. 19 and ban the live televising of what is expected to be sensitive testimony. Mubarak, 85, is being retried on charges linked to the killings of hundreds of protesters during the massive 2011 uprising that ended his longtime autocratic rule. The court cited national security considerations in its decision to close next month's sessions.
September 10, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Ratcheting up the pressure on followers of the Muslim Brotherhood, Egyptian authorities in effect have banned tens of thousands of unlicensed clerics from delivering mosque sermons. The ban appears to be aimed at neutralizing imams, or preachers, who have been speaking out -- even if only in allegorical fashion -- against the July 3 coup that deposed Mohamed Morsi , the country's democratically elected Islamist president. Such sermons sometimes take place in unlicensed mosques or small community prayer rooms known as zawiyas . About 55,000 so-called freelance clerics will be affected, said Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa , whose heads the state Ministry of Endowments, which regulates some religious assets and issued the ruling.
September 10, 2013 |
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Former U.S. national team coach Bob Bradley continues to work miracles in Egypt. Tuesday he guided his team to a 4-2 win over Guinea in a World Cup qualifying match played in an empty stadium in the Egyptian resort city of El-Gouna for security reasons. The win left Egypt as the only team in the world with a perfect record, having won six straight, in qualifying for Brazil 2014. The win also sends the Egyptians to the third and final round of African qualifying, a two-leg playoff against an as-yet unnamed opponent.
September 9, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Egypt's military raids across the Sinai Peninsula appear to be the strongest offensive in years against Islamist militant networks that authorities fear are plotting a wave of attacks against government institutions and tourist resorts. Tanks and helicopter gunships for a third day Monday targeted Islamist fighters in desert villages that border Israel and the Gaza Strip. The army also has destroyed smuggling tunnels leading into Gaza, which is controlled by the Palestinian militant group Hamas, an ally of Egypt's deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
September 8, 2013 |
CAIRO - On the mid-August day that Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of Islamist protesters, throwing the country into deeper turmoil, the ultraconservative religious Salafist Nour Party released a statement positioning itself as the sole voice of reason. "We warned a long time ago against the danger of bloodshed and against mobilization and counter-mobilization," the group said. Nour called on both the nation's military rulers and the Muslim Brotherhood that had been ousted from power to stop the violence, saying that the only option for peace was a political solution.
September 5, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Egypt's interior minister survived an assassination attempt Thursday when two explosions targeted his convoy en route to the ministry, state media and the Interior Ministry reported. Mohamed Ibrahim was unhurt but a driver and several bystanders were injured, said an Interior Ministry security official, who did not want his name published because he was not authorized to speak publicly. "We still have not been notified with the exact number of injuries, but the minister is fine," he said.