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September 10, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Police arrested 38 supporters of an Islamist party attempting to demonstrate at a mosque where Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan was participating in Friday prayers, the state-run Anatolian news agency said. The party Hizb ut-Tahrir is banned in Turkey, a predominantly Muslim nation with a secular government.
July 22, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez, Los Angeles Times
After philosophy students and faculty members rallied to denounce heavy-handed efforts to separate male and female students, Islamists on campus struck back: In the dead of night, witnesses say, the radicals showed up at a men's dormitory armed with wooden sticks and bicycle chains. They burst into dorm rooms, attacking philosophy students. One was pistol-whipped and hit on the head with a brick. Gunfire rang out, although no one was injured. Police were called, but nearly a month after the attack, no arrests have been made.
December 4, 2011 | By Amro Hassan and Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
Islamist parties won more than 60% of the vote in the first round of Egypt's parliamentary elections, according to official results reported Sunday by state media. The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party won 36.6% and the Salafis of the Al Nour party won 24.4% of the 9.7 million votes cast. The Brotherhood's dominance was expected, but the strong showing by the Salafis was a surprise, suggesting Egyptians were heavily influenced by the religious message and grass-roots organization of the Islamists.
July 11, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Islamist fighters beheaded seven prisoners accused of abandoning the Muslim faith and spying for the government in the largest mass execution since the militants were pushed from power 2 1/2 years ago. The public killings in the southwestern town of Baidoa followed weeks of fierce fighting as the Islamists tried to seize the capital, Mogadishu, amid mounting concerns about the influx of hundreds of foreign fighters. The beheadings may be linked to the Shabab group's failure to take Mogadishu in a 2-month-long offensive, said a senior analyst at global intelligence company Stratfor.
October 23, 2011 | Doyle McManus
At a conference two years ago, I sat in on a meeting between U.S. officials and young Islamist politicians from Tunisia, Jordan and other countries in the Middle East. The Islamists wanted to know: Would the Americans allow them to run in free elections, even if it meant they might come to power? The Americans turned the question back at them: Would the Islamists, if they won, allow free and democratic elections, even if it might mean losing power? At the time, it was mostly a theoretical discussion — but now those questions have become very real.
October 22, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
This nation that inspired revolution across the Arab world is facing another bellwether moment that may again foreshadow what happens throughout the Mideast in the intensifying battle between secularists and Islamists over the role of religion in shaping public life. Tunisians will vote Sunday for a constituent assembly that will set the course for a new government and write the nation's laws. Islamists, suppressed for decades by autocratic rule, are poised to win big, a prospect that has liberals and secularists worried about the future of civil liberties.
December 11, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Reem Abdellatif, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - Egypt's volatile political fault lines were shaken Tuesday as rival protests echoed across the capital over the fate of a proposed constitution drafted by Islamists nearly two years after the overthrow of autocrat Hosni Mubarak. Tens of thousands of Islamist supporters of President Mohamed Morsi rallied at a mosque in Cairo to back a constitutional referendum set for Saturday. Two miles away, mainly secular opposition groups marched to the barricaded presidential palace in what increasingly appears to be an improbable task of blocking the vote and forcing Morsi to order the writing of a new charter.
July 29, 2011 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times
A huge rally Friday meant to symbolize Egyptian unity highlighted instead the deepening splits between secularist and Islamist parties over the direction of a nation convulsed in recent weeks by protests and fears that the revolution for democracy has sputtered. The demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square reaffirmed the power of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist organizations that amassed tens of thousands of supporters. It was a stark display that signaled battles certain to unfold in coming months over the influence of Islamic law on Egypt's new constitution.
January 22, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
BAMAKO, Mali - The commander of Mali's army is so confident of a swift French and Malian military victory against Al Qaeda-linked militias in his country's north that he declared that the war would be over in a month. Taxi drivers and shopkeepers listened to Ibrahim Dahirou Dembele on crackly radios across this dusty capital Tuesday after the French military had driven militants out of the key central towns of Diabaly and Douentza on Monday. But on one shady street corner in Bamako, university lecturer Yacouba Diallo, 30, who'd come for his customary afternoon glass of foamy bittersweet tea, wasn't sure that the Islamists could be so easily eliminated.
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