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July 25, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Ingy Hassieb
CAIRO - While the Egyptian army moves to contain violent protests in Cairo and other major cities, extremist attacks on police stations and military checkpoints in the desolate Sinai Peninsula have added a perilous dimension to the country's unrest. Fueled by weapons smuggled from Libya and widening calls for jihad, the militants have grown stronger on a harsh terrain dominated by Bedouin tribes and criminal clans. Frequent skirmishes between the army and militant networks have killed dozens in recent weeks.
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April 22, 2014 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday that he is certifying to Congress that Egypt deserves a resumption of some U.S. military aid, even though he couldn't vouch that the military-backed government is moving toward a more democratic system. Kerry told Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy in a phone call that he believes Egypt is entitled to the aid because it is “sustaining the strategic relationship with the United States” and carrying out its obligations under the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement Tuesday evening.
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August 6, 2012 | By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
SHEIKH ZUWEID, Egypt — The Bedouin tribal leader hurried up a sand dune in the moonlight and scanned the troubled land below: the Israeli border to the east, the Mediterranean Sea to the north and, to the south, a desert of militants, smugglers and African migrants, some of whom almost certainly will die miles from their dream. Ahmad Sallam could hear the waves. His clansmen moved like whispers as they collected brush for a campfire. The tribes have held sway for centuries in Egypt's harsh Sinai peninsula, but they are facing a new threat from Islamic militants who have grown bolder since last year's overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak.
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March 4, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Authorities detained and then turned away a San Francisco-based political activist after she arrived in Egypt with the intention of traveling to the Gaza Strip, Egyptian officials said Tuesday. The activist, Medea Benjamin, boarded a return flight to Istanbul, where her organization said she planned to seek medical treatment for injuries suffered while in Egyptian custody. Benjamin is a co-founder of Code Pink, which describes itself as a grass-roots social justice movement.
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May 19, 2013 | By Ingy Hassieb, Los Angeles Times
CAIRO - Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip remained closed Sunday as the families and colleagues of seven Egyptian soldiers who were kidnapped in the northern Sinai Peninsula last week continued a sit-in. A video was briefly posted on YouTube showing seven men identified as the abductees, imploring the government to secure their release. "Rescue us, Mr. President. We can't take it. Rescue us, people," the men plead, according to an Associated Press account. It was unclear who posted the video.
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October 7, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO - A trio of attacks against military, security and government-linked targets rattled Egypt on Monday, a day after violent street clashes on a military holiday left more than 50 people dead and at least 250 hurt. Monday's strikes, which killed nine people, prompted emergency precautions at Cairo's international airport, the semiofficial Ahram Online website reported. It said security was stepped up at airport entrances and exits, at the arrival and departure terminals, and on roads leading to the airport.
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November 2, 1986 | United Press International
The Army will send about 800 soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division to peace-keeping duties in the Sinai Peninsula for the first time since 248 others in the 101st died in a plane crash on their way home nearly a year ago, the Army said Friday.
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December 1, 1986
Israel's Cabinet formally accepted an agreement with Egypt to submit to arbitration their four-year-old dispute over Taba, a 250-acre resort on the Gulf of Aqaba. A five-member international panel will begin deliberations next month in Geneva over the beach strip, which Israel retained after withdrawing from the rest of the Sinai Peninsula in 1982 under a landmark peace treaty with Egypt. Egypt also claims sovereignty over Taba.
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October 8, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of demonstrators destroyed the regional headquarters of Egypt's ruling party in the northern Sinai peninsula, burning furniture and blocking roads in a show of anger over the central government's treatment of residents. Dozens were injured in clashes when plainclothes police attacked the demonstrators with batons, tear gas and metal chains, police and witnesses said. Two police officers were also injured.
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August 10, 1988
Egypt and Israel failed again to reach a settlement in their dispute over the tiny Sinai Peninsula beach of Taba. "There has been no breakthrough," said Ahmed Maher, head of the Egyptian delegation, at the end of two days of talks between officials of Egypt, Israel and the United States.
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February 16, 2014 | By Amro Hassan and Kate Linthicum
CAIRO - A bomb blast ripped through a bus packed with tourists Sunday, killing at least four people near Egypt's border with Israel, security officials said, in an attack that threatened to damage the tourist economies of both countries. Three South Korean tourists and the Egyptian bus driver were killed, according to a statement from Egypt's Interior Ministry. No one has claimed responsibility, but several Israeli security experts said the location of the attack suggests it was directed at least in part at Israel.
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January 26, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Egypt's military-backed government on Sunday declared its intention to hold presidential elections by mid-April, in what authorities described as a milestone on the path to democracy. The move came amid one of the most sustained crackdowns in decades on political opponents of a sitting Egyptian government. The timing of the vote - now formally set to be held before parliamentary elections - was seen as likely to help key figures in the current administration, particularly army chief Abdel Fattah Sisi, cement their hold on power.
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January 23, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- A strong explosion rocked a security headquarters in downtown Cairo, and state television reported at least three people were killed and 35 injured. The blast came on the eve of a holiday honoring the police. Attacks against security forces are common in Egypt's restive Sinai Peninsula, but relatively rare in cities such as Cairo. A bombing at a security headquarters last month in the city of Mansoura, north of the capital, killed at least 15 people. Friday, the main Muslim prayer day, is a weekend day in Egypt, so relatively few passersby were in the vicinity of the early-morning explosion, but officers were on duty inside the building.
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December 25, 2013 | By Laura King and Amro Hassan
CAIRO -- In a sharp escalation of the confrontation between Egypt's military-backed administration and the Muslim Brotherhood, the interim government on Wednesday declared the Islamist movement a terrorist organization. The step gives Egyptian authorities even broader authority to move against the Brotherhood, which already has been the target of a harsh and sustained campaign by security forces and the judicial system. It has been nearly six months since Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was booted out of office by the Egyptian army, following massive nationwide demonstrations demanding his removal.
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December 24, 2013 | By Laura King, This post has been updated. See the note below for details
CAIRO -- A powerful explosion tore through a security headquarters in a city northeast of the Egyptian capital early Tuesday, killing at least 13 people and injuring more than 100 others, state media reports said. [Updated, 11:30 a.m. PST Dec. 24: The official death toll was later raised to 15. ] Egyptian authorities described the attack in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura as the most serious of its kind since the military-backed government took power almost six months ago. Deadlier strikes have taken place in the Sinai Peninsula, where Egyptian troops are battling an Islamic insurgency, but there had not yet been an attack on this scale in an urban area close to Cairo.
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December 23, 2013 | By Amro Hassan and Laura King
CAIRO - To many of those who took part in Egypt's 2011 uprising against Hosni Mubarak, the death of Bassem Mohsen epitomizes the revolution's dashed hopes. Mohsen, 25, was shot in the head last week during an antigovernment protest in his native city of Suez. On Sunday, his death was confirmed. On Monday, friends and family gathered outside the hospital where his body lay, waiting for official permission for an autopsy. The young activist was a veteran of protests against not only Mubarak, but also the military administration that followed, the Islamist rule of Mohamed Morsi and the current authoritarian-minded interim government.
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September 27, 1988 | Reuters
Israel has lost a six-year border dispute with Egypt over a tiny Red Sea beachfront, Israel Radio said today. A five-member international arbitration panel accepted Egypt's position on the location of the Sinai peninsula border and said the 765-yard Taba beach resort should be returned to Egypt. Israel held onto Taba after withdrawing from Sinai in 1982 under a peace treaty with Egypt. It has developed the strip into a popular resort with a luxury hotel and recreation village.
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December 20, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- An Egyptian army raid meant to snare a wanted Islamist turned into a fierce firefight that left at least two soldiers and three militants dead in the volatile northern Sinai Peninsula on Friday, the military said. The troops moved in after receiving reports that a fugitive Islamist leader was holed up in an area near Rafah, which borders the Gaza Strip. Instead of nabbing him, however, they found themselves in a gun battle so intense that the army rushed in helicopters to back up the soldiers on the ground.
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December 17, 2013 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- The Egyptian army announced Tuesday it had shot and killed an Islamist militant suspected of a key role in attacks on security forces in the restive Sinai Peninsula, while a reported vigilante killing elsewhere in Egypt heightened tensions between Islamists and non-Islamists. Selmi Mohamed Mosbeh, the man killed by army troops, went by the nom de guerre Abu Khaled, the army's chief spokesman said. He was described as a member of the militant group Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, or Partisans of Jerusalem, which boasts that it is a Sinai affiliate of Al Qaeda.
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