Testimony of Omar Suleiman on 9/14/11

23 Jun
Testimony of Omar Suleiman
Retired Chief of Staff and Vice President of the Republic
Courtesy of Rebel Economy.com
Session 9/14/2011
Testimony of Omar Suleiman
Retired Chief of Staff and Vice President of the Republic
 
Prosecuting Attorneys Present
Mustafa Soliman
Ashour Farag
Mustafa Khater
Wail Hussein
Ahmed Hussein
Some of the significant points are:
*President Mubarak’s cognizance of events.
*MOI’s knowledge of Hamas and bedouin attack in Sinai and (NOTE) claim that bedouin came in to Cairo along with 70 to 90 members of Hizbullah to conduct the prison break*the security establishment knew that the Muslim Brotherhood would not participate in the demonstrations of 1/25/11   But then MB “informed them” they would take part on 1/27

*the collapse of the police force necessitating deployment of the AF

 

*MOI’s knowledge of Hamas and bedouin attack in Sinai and (NOTE) claim that bedouin came in to Cairo along with 70 to 90 members of Hizbullah to conduct the prison break

 

*the security establishment knew that the Muslim Brotherhood would not participate in the demonstrations of 1/25/11 (why? The deal btw leadership and the govt)  But then MB “informed them” they would take part on 1/27

 

*the collapse of the police force necessitating deployment of the AF

 

*MOI’s knowledge of Hamas and bedouin attack in Sinai and (NOTE) claim that bedouin came in to Cairo along with 70 to 90 members of Hizbullah to conduct the prison break

 

*the security establishment knew that the Muslim Brotherhood would not participate in the demonstrations of 1/25/11 (why? The deal btw leadership and the govt)  But then MB “informed them” they would take part on 1/27

 

*the collapse of the police force necessitating deployment of the AF

 

*MOI’s knowledge of Hamas and bedouin attack in Sinai and (NOTE) claim that bedouin came in to Cairo along with 70 to 90 members of Hizbullah to conduct the prison break

 

*the security establishment knew that the Muslim Brotherhood would not participate in the demonstrations of 1/25/11 (why? The deal btw leadership and the govt)  But then MB “informed them” they would take part on 1/27

 

*the collapse of the police force necessitating deployment of the AF

 

*MOI’s knowledge of Hamas and bedouin attack in Sinai and (NOTE) claim that bedouin came in to Cairo along with 70 to 90 members of Hizbullah to conduct the prison break

 

*the security establishment knew that the Muslim Brotherhood would not participate in the demonstrations of 1/25/11 (why? The deal btw leadership and the govt)  But then MB “informed them” they would take part on 1/27

 

*the collapse of the police force necessitating deployment of the AF

Q: As chief of the Egyptian General Intelligence Service (EGIS), what social and economic developments did you and your agency observe on the Egyptian scene between 2004 and 2010, on through the parliamentary elections?
 
A: I’d like to quickly clarify that EGIS is responsible for gathering political, economic, and military information from abroad which enables the political leadership to take political, economic, and military decisions. As for the domestic environment, there is a body within EGIS that coordinates with the rest of the security establishment in gathering information. This agency is responsible for protecting foreigners, counter intelligence, and protecting confidential information. The agents therein gather intelligence on people present in Egyptian society. As for the question, intelligence from abroad indicated that the Egyptian economy was expanding and improving with time. However this improvement had not reached those of limited income and moreover there was unemployment. There were continuous complaints regarding spikes in prices and many demands to raise salaries. There were certain people who opposed the regime who sought to provoke the people. Starting in 2005, foreign operations began cooperating with NGOs based in Egypt to stir the emotions of the people against the regime. Beginning in 2005 there was an American program called Democracy and Good Governance which received funding. There had been an agreement with the Egyptian government regarding the allocation of these funds, however they violated the agreement, they being the American side, and they began funding these NGOs without any agreement with the Egyptian government. We lodged many complaints to the Americans but these were ignored. These NGOs trained many young men and women in mobilizing society, demonstrations, and civil disobedience. That continued until 2010, according to gathered intelligence. The state of discontent grew noticeably after the elections to the House of Representatives, especially when the political forces withdrew during the restructuring phase and the House of Representatives represented no political power in addition to numerous other criticisms that in turn led to even more discontent amongst the people.
 
Q: Did EGIS send any reports detailing what it had observed to the accused former president Hosni Mubarak? Did you ever present the contents of these reports to him directly, or did someone else, and if so, who?
 
A: We write monthly and quarterly reports on the security situation in the country. These are sent to the president of the republic by mail. In some meetings headed by the former president, I had mentioned this information to him directly.
 
Q: What came of these reports which were sent by mail or presented by you to the former president of the republic?
 
A: He ordered the government or ministers to carry out the reports’ recommendations.
 
Q: While you were chief, did EGIS observe any events prior to 25 January 2011? And what were the expectations held at that time?
 
A: Starting in 8/2010, we began to observe communications between the opposition movements and abroad. In addition there were directives to receive training in mass mobilization, protests, and police confrontation. Specifically there was a training session in Poland and in 1/2011. EGIS also observed another 3-day training session in Cairo for the same purposes. Because of these communications it was expected that there would be a demonstration on 1/25/2011.
 
Q: Did you personally communicate this information to the accused former president of the republic?
 
A: At the closing of the economic forum held in Sharm el-Sheikh on 1/19/2011 I told the former president of the necessity of convening a meeting to discuss this issue.
 
Q: Did you tell this to another official working in state intelligence?
 
A: EGIS shares intelligence with national security and the State Security Investigations Service in a routine manner.
 
Q: What was the former president’s response after hearing this information from you, that demonstrations would be held?
 
A: The former president convened a meeting through PM Ahmed Nadif and the meeting was held the next day.
 
Q: When EGIS learned of the demonstrations taking place on 1/25, did it also learn of the reasons behind them, the groups organizing it, its size, and its locations?
 
A: EGIS surveillance of Facebook revealed the groups behind the demonstrations to be mostly from the April 6 Movement and We Are All Khalid Said, and other political currents. We had become accustomed to seeing such demonstrations over the past several years.
 
Q: Was the meeting actually held?
 
A: Yes, it was held the next day.
 
Q: Where and when did the meeting take place?
 
A: On 1/20. I said in a previous testimony that it was 1/22, but upon reviewing the schedule I found that the meeting had taken place on 1/20 at 1pm in Smart Village.
 
Q: Who was summoned to the meeting?
 
A: I asked the former president to call this meeting and he ordered the PM to organize it.
 
Q: What was the purpose and objective of this meeting?
 
 
A: To determine how the security establishment was going to handle the coming events.
 
Q: Who attended the meeting, and who presided over it?
 
A: PM Ahmed Nadif presided over the meeting, and in attendance were the heads of the security establishment, the minister of defense, the minister of interior, the chief of EGIS, the minister of information, and the minister of communications.
 
Q: Specify to the court the titles and names of the aforementioned individuals who attended the meeting.
 
A: PM Ahmed Nadif; Defense and Military Production Minister Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, commander of the AF; Interior Minister Habib el-Adly; Minister of Information Anas al-Fiqqi; Minister of Communications Tariq Kamel; and myself as Chief of EGIS.
 
Q: What topics were discussed between those gathered at the meeting?
 
A: I explained my point of view that there would be a demonstration on 1/25 and that we must be prepared for it. Fortunately all intelligence indicated that the Muslim Brotherhood would not take part in the demonstrations and that this demonstration would proceed like all of the others have over the past several years. Habib el-Adly presented us with some information regarding the demonstrations and the options available to the police in containing them. The minister of information spoke about the foreign organizations that had been infiltrating Egyptian society and what they would do at the ministry of information regarding coverage of the events.
 
Q: During this meeting, did the accused former IM Habib Ibrahim el-Adly say how the demonstrations planned to take place on 1/25 would be contained?
 
A: The aforementioned former IM explained that they would accompany the protests in the same manner as they had during previous demonstrations.
 
Q: Did the aforementioned former IM explain how past demonstrations had been contained?
 
A: He said that he would accompany the protests until they dispersed, because the intelligence we had said that demonstrators would hold sit-ins in various public squares and once night fell, they would return to their homes. The job of the IM was to protect the demonstrators and strategic locations.
 
Q: Again, did the discussions touch on how the situation would be handled, aside from protecting the demonstrators, if the situation devolved?
 
A: We only spoke about whether or not the Muslim Brotherhood would take part. The IM said that any demonstrations that included Brotherhood elements would be dispersed and demonstrators arrested.
 
Q: Was the accused former president of the republic made aware about the results of this meeting?
 
A: Usually whoever heads these meetings informs the president, however I do not know whether or not Ahmed Nadif informed him.
 
Q: On 1/25, in detail, how were demonstrators in Cairo and elsewhere in Egypt approached and dealt with?
 
A: According to EGIS intelligence, the police accompanied and protected these demonstrations until 8pm on 1/25. After that, around midnight, we have information that says that there was an order to disperse the crowds of demonstrators using peaceful means.
 
Q: What do you mean by “peaceful means?” And who was charged with dispersing the crowds in this manner?
 
A: Truncheons, water hoses, smoke, and all of the other tactics that the MoI is known to use.
 
Q: While you were watching the successive events which unfolded between 1/25 and 1/28, how were the demonstrations being conducted? And how were they being monitored and dealt with?
 
A: EGIS followed the events of 1/26 and 1/27 closely yet there were no momentous events. However from our observations of Palestinian activity, we noticed that there were communications between Hamas and Bedouins in the Sinai and that some groups had entered via the underground tunnels which straddle the Egyptian-Gazan border. They communicated with the Bedouins and agreed with them that they would provide them with ordnance in exchange for assistance in freeing their comrades from Egyptian prisons. That was on 1/27. Sure enough Bedouins began the prison break operation by sporadically attacking a police outpost in Sheikh Zuweid with firearms in the region that borders the underground tunnels, so that the police forces and border guards could not get close to the tunnels. Ordnance was smuggled through and the Qassam Brigades created a diversion so that the border guards would not pursue the smuggled ordnance. Thus the weapons, ammo, and explosives were successfully smuggled and given to the Bedouins. The Bedouins accompanied the smugglers to Cairo so as to storm the prisons in which Hamas elements were being kept. About 70 to 90 members of Hezbollah who were based in Gaza also joined them. On 1/28 after the Friday Afternoon Prayer, some of them were seen in Tahrir Square, while others were preparing to carry out the prison breaks with help from Bedouin known for smuggling in the nearby regions, especially in Wadi El Natrun. In addition, on 1/27 the Muslim Brotherhood informed us that they were going to take part in the demonstrations on 1/28 after Friday Afternoon Prayer. Thus hordes of people from all around Cairo began mobilizing and heading for Tahrir Square. All of the mosques in the vicinity of Tahrir Square were filing directly into the square in great numbers. At EGIS we assessed the situation and found that the situation was highly unstable and that numbers of this magnitude could easily cause big problems. We followed the situation closely and our assessment was proved correct when people from this vast crowd began clashing with police and setting fire to various buildings and objects. Crime rings and felons began to storm police stations. By midnight on 1/28, Hamas and Hezbollah had succeeded in freeing their comrades from prison. Many successive events eventually led to the police force leaving its posts and abandoning its duties in front of this massive crowd that was unprecedented in number. On the afternoon of 1/28, we learned that Habib el-Adly had asked the president of the republic to deploy the army, and at around 6pm on the same day, the AF began to establish a presence in the streets. By that time the police had almost entirely withdrawn and the overwhelming demonstrations walked unchecked and their chants for the first time began to include demands for the fall of the regime. The police force was broken at about 5pm on 1/28.
 
Q: Did you inform the accused former president of the republic about the degradation of the situation and advise him to take measures in order to confront this major event, as you said?
 
A: From what I know, the IM contacted the former president and requested the assistance of the AF and this demand cannot be made unless the situation is dire. The president met this request, which pays testament to the gravity of the situation.
 
Q: What is your assessment of how the police establishment handled the events?
 
A: No one among us expected this many people to take part in the demonstrations and it would have been impossible for the police to do its duty of protecting the demonstrators and property by itself with this many people. The AF needed to be deployed. The police presence in the squares was dwarfed by the size of the demonstrations and was incapable of dispersing or protecting crowds of that size, especially considering that there were elements which were clashing with the police forces. It stayed like this for three days and thus the powers of the police were exhausted and they were unable to continue.
 
Q: Did EGIS ever communicate any advice or points of view regarding the manner in which the demonstrations were being handled and what mechanisms or tactics should be tried after the police failed to contain the crowds?
 
A: Usually when the police forces collapse the only solution is to deploy the AF. As soon as I learned that the IM had requested from the president to deploy the army, my role was over.
 
Q: Did the accused former president issue any orders or directives regarding the manner in which the demonstrations should be confronted?
 
A: I do not know what the president discussed with the IM, but over the past several years he has known that containing demonstrations involves the use of shields, gas, and water.
 
Q: Does containing demonstrations involve using projectiles, including live ammunition?
 
A: According to EGIS intelligence, riot dispersal units are not equipped with firearms.
 
Q: If the situation devolves, is it permissible, in your assessment, that the demonstrators be confronted using firearms?
 
A: I know that the riot dispersal units are charged with driving persons away, and when they fail they collapse.
 
Q: What do you mean by riot dispersal?
 
A: Riot dispersal that takes place at demonstrations.
 
Q: Do you mean to say the CSF?
 
A: It is a part of the CSF.
Q: Did EGIS, with you at its head, record the presence of snipers belonging to the police?
 
A: I don’t know.
 
Q: Many of the causalities among the demonstrators were clearly caused by projectiles or firearms. How do you explain that?
 
A: It could have come from forces other than the police riot dispersal units.
 
Q: What do you suppose these forces could have been if not policemen?
 
A: Unfortunately I do not have the powers in EGIS to gather such intelligence.
 
Q: Are you able to determine who is responsible for the injuries and deaths among the demonstrators?
 
A: I went to the president’s office and told him that he should form a fact finding commission that could uncover the reasons behind this large number of injuries and deaths.
 
Q: What specific measures did you undertake between 1/25 and 2/11 to determine the reasons behind the injuries and deaths that befell the protestors?
 
A: Unfortunately on the evening of 1/28 the police forces collapsed entirely and the AF needed a certain amount of time to diffuse out into the streets and take control of command operations. During the time between 1/28 and 1/31 there was a perfect security vacuum, during which there was an assassination attempt on my life. We did not manage to apprehend the culprit despite the fact that some people were killed. The collapse encompassed all sections and divisions of the MoI. When Mahmoud Wagdy took over as IM on 1/31 he had a very difficult job in front of him. Moreover the process required for determining the cause of injury and death would have been extremely difficult and obtaining the proper documentation would have taken much time to produce results. I asked the former president to form a fact finding commission and it was formed.
 
Q: Did you learn what conclusions this commission came to or the perpetrators it identified regarding the cause behind the injuries and deaths of some demonstrators?
 
A: This commission was active until the day my service ended on 2/11/2011 with the resignation of the former president of the republic. I followed the commission closely and it was summoning many witnesses, however the commission never came to a concrete decision regarding who determinately killed or injured the protestors.
 
Q: Meaning that in your capacity as either vice president or chief of EGIS, you never learned the true cause behind the injuries and deaths of some demonstrators?
 
A: The intelligence that EGIS had procured had to do with the deaths and injuries that occurred as a result of the prisons and police stations being stormed. As for the deaths and injuries of 1/28, the entire police apparatus had withdrawn and collapsed, and moreover we were not able to gather enough information to say determinately who was behind the killings and injuries.
 
Q: In their testimonies to the public prosecutor in this courtroom, some witnesses testified to having seen CSF policemen wielding rifles capable of firing rubber bullets and tear-gas canisters. Do you think that injuries or deaths could have been caused by the policemen using these weapons?
 
A: From my personal understanding, if a projectile strikes a vulnerable area then it could feasibly be fatal. Water cannons sometimes can be fatal in the same manner. I know that the CSF is armed with truncheons, tasers, and tear-gas.
 
Q: Can you say with certainty that the CSF, using the weapons with which they were armed, was the cause of the injuries and deaths?
 
A: If CSF was the only force present then they could not have been equipped with fire arms or projectiles. However it is possible that there were other forces present with CSF and I cannot say for certain.
 
Q: What do you mean by other forces?
 
A: Possibly from the local precincts or something.
 
Q: Can you definitively determine the extent of responsibility the former president of the republic bears in terms of political responsibility considering that he was ruling the country when injuries and deaths occurred in the demonstrations that took place on a national scale?
 
A: I cannot definitely say however everything that the president was asked to do to protect the country he did. When the police collapsed and the IM requested the assistance of the AF, he immediately approved the request. When political concessions were demanded of him, he immediately complied. This was all that was asked of him until he resigned.
 
Q: Can you determine – given you were by the president’s side – that he knew of the violations that the demonstrators had sustained during the attempts to contain the demonstrations, which led to the matter spiraling out of control and violent clashes that in turn caused injury and death among many demonstrators on a national scale?
 
A: From 1/31, the day I took charge, I was authorized by the president to make calls of a political nature to protect the regime and the country. From 1/31 until 2/11, there were no clashes between police and protestors.
 
Q: However the question is: Can you say in front of the court that the president was aware of what had taken place in the demonstrations and in Egypt at large regarding the injuries and deaths of protestors?
 
A: The fact that he approved the formation of a fact finding commission implies that he was aware.
 
Q: Upon learning of these facts, did the former president inquire as to the cause of these injuries and deaths?
 
A: He was waiting for the commission’s report.
 
Q: Did the former president ever indicate to you during a side conversation or any time that he was aware of the culprit responsible for the injuries and deaths or demonstrators?
 
A: He never once spoke with me about this topic.
 
Q: The court repeats the question regarding who you believe caused the injuries and deaths, and if they resulted from the use of projectiles and firearms.
 
A: I don’t know.
 
Q: Medical reports from the investigation revealed that all of the injuries sustained by demonstrators all resulted from projectiles or firearms. Those asked in the investigation stated that they had been injured by policemen using firearms or projectiles. So how do you explain these statements from those injured?
 
A: Police are typically armed with projectiles. So if there were definitely injuries caused by projectiles then it would have been from police projectiles. As for injuries from live rounds shot from firearms, this is a strange occurrence that does not occur except for in cases of self-defense.
 
Q: Can you definitively determine the extent of responsibility that the accused former IM Habib el-Adly bears regarding the confrontations between the police and the protestors during which some were injured and others killed?
 
A: I cannot definitely determine the extent of responsibility.
 
Q: On what basis cannot you not definitively say?
 
A: Because this is not within my purview as chief of EGIS.
 
Q: Generally speaking as a passive observer of the events, can you say whether former President Hosni Mubarak or former IM Habib el-Adly is responsible for the injuries and deaths?
 
A: As a passive observer, what happened in Egypt was bigger than the police establishment was capable of handling and this led to a security vacuum. It could be that the injuries occurred without any directives as a result of the chaos. But this is not the intelligence of the chief of EGIS.
 
Q: Did EGIS intelligence reveal anything regarding the true relationship between former President Mubarak and the accused Hussein Kamal al-Din Salem?
 
A: Former President Mubarak went to Sharm al-Sheikh in the early 1990s so as to put the destination on the international tourist map. He encouraged business men to invest in Sharm al-Sheikh to this end, and Hussein Salem was among these business men: that is when the president’s relationship with him started.
 
Q: What were the extents of that relationship, and could it be classified as a friendship?
 
A: Encouraging investments is one thing, and friendship is another thing. I don’t know whether or not there was friendship between the president and Hussein Salem. However many occasions and events such as conferences were held at hotels owned by Hussein Salem and others.
 
Q: Were compliments ever exchanged between the former president and the accused Hussein Salem?
 
A: In my capacity as a subordinate to the president, it is not my job to monitor the personal behavior of the president.
 
Q: What intelligence do you have regarding the villas which the accused Hussein Salem gave to the accused former President Hosni Mubarak and the accused Alaa Mohamed Hosni Mubarak and the accused Gamal Mohamed Hosni Mubarak?
 
A: There is no intelligence in this regard because EGIS does not concern itself with such matters. From my personal knowledge, yes, Hussein Salem used to build many villas in Sharm al-Sheikh in the Golf area and that, yes, he did sell five villas to the president but I never inquired about the details, such as the price.
 
Q: Do the sales contracts of these villas represent an exploitation of the former president’s powers along with an exploitation of the influence of the two other aforementioned accused persons?
 
A: It is personal knowledge, not EGIS information, that Hussein Salem had wanted the president to own property in Sharm al-Sheikh so that Sharm al-Sheikh could continue to be a promising tourist destination.
 
Q: Do you think that the price at which those villas were sold are in keeping with the real price of any one of those five villas?
 
A: I don’t know.
 
Q: What information did EGIS collect while under your leadership regarding the contract to export gas to Israel?
 
A: There had been an agreement between former President Anwar Sadat and President Carter to provide Israel with petroleum products, and a volume of 2 million tons annually was agreed upon and transactions were based on global prices. That was in 1979 with the signing of the Camp David Accords and this petrol has continued to be sold to Israel. However, with the increases in domestic consumption in Egypt, we were not able to continue exporting the original volume so the amount of annual exports to Israel was significantly reduced. There were communications between Egyptian General Petroleum Co (EGPC) in Egypt and Israeli electric companies regarding providing these companies with natural gas from Egypt. Some messages were exchanged between the Israeli companies and the EGPC. With regards to the peace process, the Israelis place much significance on normalization, and commercial exchange between Egypt and Israel is an indication of normalization, the goal of which is the preservation of the peace and realizing creating mutual interests for both sides. Around 2000, when Atef Abid was PM, the Council of Ministers approved proposing gas export initiatives to a number of Mediterranean countries, including: Spain, Italy, France, Jordan, Israel, and Lebanon. The timing worked for the foreign parties and Egypt and three projects were agreed to: liquefying the gas and exporting it, exporting gas via pipeline, and exporting gas via pipelines that would run though Turkey and Israel, in addition to another Arab pipeline which would go to Jordan and, in future, extend to Syria and Lebanon. From what I remember this was in November 1999 or 2000. Mr. Hussein Salem proposed to the investment panel that a gas export company be established. In the past Mr. Hussein Salem had done business with the Israelis with the MIDOR project which is an oil refining operation. Mr. Hussein Salem with EGPC and the Israelis with Merhav, who were the same people who partook in the MIDOR project, together founded the East Mediterranean Gas Company (EGM) and they had a security clearance to do so. EGIS closely follows companies such as this one because they realize certain objectives: creating mutual interests, supporting the peace process, increased leverage, and other objectives. We began following this important project closely until the Palestinian uprising in 2000 when the project was put on hold and would stay as such until there was a rapprochement between the Palestinians and Israelis. EGIS began to promote this project as a point of contact between the Israelis and the Egyptian government, and in 2005 a contract was signed between EGM and an Israeli electric company and gas began flowing into Israel starting in 2008. Former President Hosni Mubarak in 2008 issued a decree to the government to raise the price of gas above US $3. He sent me on a mission to visit PM Ehud Olmert and I told him of the importance that he use his influence to facilitate amending the gas agreement because the president had decided that no gas would be sent to Israel unless prices were raised. This is the story of the gas exports to Israel according to EGIS.
Q: Investigations uncovered that the debentures from the sale and export of natural Egyptian gas to the state of Israel belonged to EGM, in which the accused Hussein Salem holds a majority stake, and that these debentures were from the former Egyptian Minister of Petrol, the accused Amin Sameh Samir Fahmy, whose case has been transferred to criminal court. Investigations revealed that the accused former president helped the minister by authorizing his company to sell gas at a price below global commercial prices, a move undertaken by the accused former president so that the accused Hussein Salem could realize profits. What is your personal or professional understanding of these events?
A: My professional understanding is that the president did not involve himself in setting prices or anything else of that sort and that the minister of petroleum was not among those who set the prices, rather it is a technical panel within EGPC which sets the prices in accordance with global standards. The former president never involves himself in setting prices. The minister of petroleum got approval from the Council of Ministers regarding the prices, volumes, and exports to Israel. The former president learned about the export of gas to Israel from the minister of petroleum. He had determined his stance towards this issue long ago back in the days of PM Rabin, and the president was not shown the export contract, having only learned about it from the minister of petroleum.
 
Q: Was the accused former President Hosni Mubarak aware of the price included in the contract and did he approve it before the contract was signed? Or did he learn of it after the contract was signed during its implementation phase. And what is your perspective on this price?
 
A: These details were not made known to the president.
 
Q: Who specifically is responsible for setting the price of the gas exported to Israel in accordance with the concluded contract between the two sides?
 
 
A: A technical panel within EGPC that is formed to set the prices for each country to which gas is exported.
 
Q: You mentioned that the accused former president issued a decree or directive that stated that the price must be above US $3, so does this mean that he decided to lower the price that was stated in the contract.
 
A: During the time the contract was signed with Israel petrol prices were at their normal levels. However from 2006 to 2008, global prices of petrol increased and thus the price of the gas we were selling became depressed. So the former president issued directives to correct domestic and exported gas prices so as to bring them in line with global levels.
 
Prosecution
 
Q: Did EGIS record the number of individuals who communicated with foreign organizations and who attended the training sessions in Poland and Cairo?
 
A: I don’t remember truthfully, but the public prosecutor could request them from EGIS.
 
Q: Did EGIS take any measures against these individuals?
 
A: No, just surveillance.
 
Q: Were there any measures taken against the Bedouin elements or other elements which you recently mentioned to the court?
 
A: The Bedouins paved the way for the smuggling operation by asserting control over the roads and surrounding areas which enabled the smuggling and the attack on the outpost in Sheikh Zuweid. They asserted their control over this region: we in EGIS gather intelligence.
 
Q: Why were the measures necessary to prevent that not taken?
A: EGIS’s powers in this case were limited to informing the border guard and the police, which have the power to prevent such an event, of some piece of intelligence. However the number of Bedouins and their ability to gain control prevented government forces from engaging them with counter measures.
 
Q: Can you remember the specifics surrounding your request of the accused former president to form a fact finding commission regarding the injuries and deaths among the protestors?
 
A: I think he issued a national decree to form such a commission on 2/1 or 2/2.
 
Q: From your military experience, is it possible for policemen to use firearms or projectiles, not including cases of self-defense, without approval from their superiors, top-most of them being the IM?
 
A: If conscripts were armed with projectiles then there was some intention to use them at some point. They wouldn’t arm conscripts with projectiles if they didn’t plan to use them. If policemen are armed with projectiles, they must appeal to their superiors for orders to fire the projectiles and fire in a manner that complies with the orders of the commander. As for firearms, they are not used except for in cases of self-defense.
 
Q: What measures should the police leadership have taken once they had realized the size and scope of the crowds of demonstrators?
 
A: The police assessed the situation incorrectly when they decided to continue to confront the demonstrators. When the IM saw that the police could no longer contain the crowds, he requested the deployment of the AF.
 
Q: What transpired during the meeting held on 1/30 that included yourself, the accused former president, the field marshall/minister of defense, and the chief of staff?
 
A: The president told me to be there at 9am on 1/30 in the operations center of the AF and that we would meet there at that time. We went into the operations center and the Chief of Staff Sami Anan and a few other officers began assessing the deployment of the AF, what had happened so far, and what would happen next, given that the deployment of the AF at that time took between 48 and 72 hours. The president was content with the deployment, seeing how AF units were distributed to the most sensitive locations and this was the overarching objective regarding deploying the AF across the entire country.
 
Q: How was it that gas was exported to a company in Israel which was founded by the accused Hussein Salem, and whose idea was it to found it?
 
A: It was Hussein Salem’s idea to found it. EGPC submitted a request to form the company to the investment body and the matter proceeded via the Council of Ministers until the contract was eventually signed.
 
Q: Did the accused former president play any part in naming the company which the accused Hussein Salem owned? Did he ever suggest changing the name to another name, which was not accepted by the accused Hussein Salem?
 
A: EGM was the company that worked to export gas to Israel and after the stoppage that resulted from the Intifada in Palestine, Hussein Salem sought to change the name to East Company for Gas. He was the primary share holder along with EGPC. After that the former president ordered him to forfeit the company to the Egyptian public sector and to stay with the original company he had founded, i.e., EGM for connecting pipelines to Israel. Hussein Salem was not happy with this and he did not want anyone saying that he was working with Israel.
Recess then the session reconvened in the absence of Mustafa Khater.
 
Civil Prosecutors
 
Q: What did EGIS do, given that it is charged with protecting the homeland, when it learned of reports that there had been communications, according to the intelligence that reached EGIS, that there was an international and domestic push to provoke the people against the government?
 
A: When I previously answered this question I said that EGIS is an information gathering service and it does not take measures.
 
Q: Is EGIS not involved in the decision making process?
 
A: Of course it is: when I inform other agencies then I am involved.
 
Q: What decision was made regarding what you learned from this information given that you were involved in the decision making process?
 
A: There are several other agencies involved in regards to this matter. For instance the government sends a directive to the minister of international cooperation to speak with the American embassy about immediately terminating funding to these NGOs, or a directive to other agencies that are monitoring the activities of these organizations: these are the procedures.
 
Q: Is it possible to prove the information which you provided in your report in this regard?
 
A: Who would be the one proving it? I can’t talk about EGIS work with them.
 
Q: Did EGIS monitor these NGOs?
 
A: Yes, in the usual manner in which EGIS conducts surveillance.
 
Q: Was the government aware of the project for supporting Democracy and Good Governance as you reported?
 
A: Yes.
 
Q: Does the president or the PM determine the price of exported gas or that of domestically consumed gas?
 
A: It is a technical procedure that is conducted in the ministry of petroleum and nowhere else.
 
 
Q: Was there training for young Egyptian men from various parties within and without Egypt? What measures did EGIS take in light of this?
 
A: The training had to do with democratic activism and NGOs, and the state does not impede such activities, however we do monitor them.
 
Q: Does EGIS conduct surveillance on business men and send these reports to the president of the republic?
 
A: When such information is requested I request it from the Administrative Control Authority because it is not within EGIS’s purview.
 
Attorney Abu Lahyia
 
Q: Did clandestine elements of EGIS report any intelligence regarding injuries and deaths from police firearms on 1/28?
 
A: Until the evening of 1/28, there was no report of injuries or deaths among the demonstrators in Tahrir Sq. or in any other public areas.
 
Q: Do the contents of the tape recordings which EGIS sent have to do with the period between 1/25 and 1/28?
 
A: The recordings are the property of the Egyptian Museum, not EGIS.
 
Q: Is it within the powers of the IM to issue an order to use live rounds without first appealing to the president of the republic?
 
A: Neither the president of the republic nor the IM can order live rounds to be fired. They can only be used in cases of self-defense.
 
Q: Who fired projectiles or live rounds in Suez which led to the fatalities?
 
A: I don’t know.
 
Q: Does EGIS, another agency, or you personally have any other information that has not been heard in the case?
 
A: No.
 
Q: Given that the IM had resigned, why was he summoned to attend the meeting?
 
A: The president wanted to understand the status of the police and Mr. Habib el-Adly was still in the MoI. He then waited for a while but then it was too difficult for the IM to attend because of a large demonstration in front of the MoI. He spoke with him about the status of the police and I submitted a report to the president that the police had collapsed and was no longer capable of upholding security.
 
Q: Do you rely on the police for the gathering of intelligence?
 
A: There are many agents that gather intelligence, and some of them are included amongst the police.
 

Egypt: Security, CT, Sinai Fighting, June 1 – June 16, 2015

17 Jun

June 16 Morsi’s death sentence was upheld in same trial in which he and 16 others received life imprisonment for spying for Hamas and IRGC. http://www.thecairopost.com/news/155732/news/breaking-morsis-death-sentence-over-prison-break-upheld

June 15 Power station of the weaving factory in Gharbiyya set on fire.

June 15 Minister of Defense, Sedki Sobhi attended graduation ceremonies at Egyptian Command and Staff College http://en.arabstoday.net/news/arabworld/egypts-defence-minister-attends-graduation-ceremony-of-army-college.html

June 15  Police captain’s home set afire in al-Maadi.  https://www.facebook.com/FreedomElMaadi/photos/a.426654834107094.1073742478.122306507875263/720454328060475/?type=1&theater

June 15 Explosion destroys a 4th high energy electricity tower in Oseem, north of Giza. 2 others defused. Three towers collapsed in two bombings: http://www.thecairopost.com/news/155661/news/3-giza-transmission-towers-collapse-in-twin-bomb-attacks
http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=59fc02a6-3b21-4ec8-aa0c-ea88f0060987

 

June 15 A Muslim Brotherhood march has posters calling for Pres. Sisi’s execution https://www.facebook.com/FreedomElMaadi/photos/pcb.720166258089282/720165514756023/?type=1&theater

June 14 1,429 tunnels have been destroyed in Rafah border area in Sinai over the last 18 months. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=7bcda3f3-6a06-4ce3-beeb-e54653e7fa2b

June 14 Violent Egyptian group called Revolutionary Punishment says it has conducted 124 operations, killed 157 and wounded 452 since January https://el3qab.wordpress.com/2015/06/14/%D8%AD%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%A8-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%AF%D9%85-%D8%A3%D9%8E%D9%85%D9%8E%D8%B1-2/

June 15 A Muslim Brotherhood march has posters calling for Pres. Sisi’s execution https://www.facebook.com/FreedomElMaadi/photos/pcb.720166258089282/720165514756023/?type=1&theater

June 15 A Muslim Brotherhood march has posters calling for Pres. Sisi’s execution https://www.facebook.com/FreedomElMaadi/photos/pcb.720166258089282/720165514756023/?type=1&theater

June 14 The Rafah crossing was opened for three days so that Palestinians could travel in and out of the Gaza strip from (and to) Egypt. The opening could be extended. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/13/us-palestinians-egypt-gaza-idUSKBN0OT0BM20150613?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=twitter
June 14 Fifty-eight alleged Muslim Brotherhood members to be tried in Egypt for terrorism offenses in 2013 and 2014. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/132771/Egypt/Politics-/-Islamists-to-stand-military-trial-in-Egypt.aspx
June 14 Three persons attacked the home of a Copt in Mayana village in Beni Suef with Molotov cocktails. http://en.sectarianattacks.com/attacks/276-unknown-assailants-throw-molotov-cocktails-at-coptic-home-in-beni-suef

June 14 “IS affiliate” – claimed it ambushed Egypt’s army and used a Kornet anti-tank missile. (source: Samer al-Atrush) and hacked a government website (source: Joe Gulhane)

June 14 Wilayat Sinai (“IS affiliate) put out a communiqué to Sinai bedouin telling them not to use tractors in/outside Rafah without first communicating with WS because of IEDs. http://www.thecairopost.com/news/155429/news/sinai-province-warns-bedouins-against-using-tractors-to-avoid-ieds

June 13 Court allows an appeal of death sentence for Habara #Sinai militant leader and 15 others who ambushed and killed 25 Egyptian police officers in the Sinai in 2013 #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/132651/Egypt/Politics-/BREAKING-Egypt-court-revokes-death-sentence-for-Si.aspx
http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/06/13/egypt-orders-retrial-for-16-people-accused-killing-25-police-officers-in-sinai/

June 13 #Egypt police say an IED diffused inside Zamalek youth center. In Osim, man shot dead placing IED near police station.

June 13 Military issue statement about a new checkpoint in the Abu Tawila area and thank Sinai residents for assistance in efforts against terrorism: http://www1.el-balad.com/1577686#sthash.yZ9TNNXj.uxfs&st_refDomain=t.co&st_refQuery=/7lZukw5y7e

June 12 A police officer was shot and killed by a lower-ranking policeman he was arresting in Sharqiyya province. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/132622/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-National-Security-officer,-policeman-killed-.aspx
June 11 #ISIS affiliate puts out flyers in #Sinai warning residents not to divert from main roads w/o coordinating with them (IEDs)

June 10 Security personnel killed 6 militants after detonating 2 vehicles – militants had launched mortars at peacekeepers http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=05ee53e4-b458-4bf1-a552-4dbc67c55de7

June 10 Egyptian woman campaign in Moganada Misriya for women to join the military http://www.madamasr.com/sections/politics/let-our-girls-join-our-army-egypts-aspiring-military-women

June 10 IED detonates in Masaeed area, west of al-#Arish, Sinai

June 10 A roadside bomb injured three persons when it hit a civilian bus near Shaykh Zuwayd. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/132227/Egypt/Politics-/BREAKING-Roadside-bomb-hits-civilian-bus-in-North-.aspx
English.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/132227/Egypt/Politics-/BREAKING-Roadside-bomb-hits-civilian-bus-in-North-aspx
June 10 Russia and Egypt held their first-ever joint naval exercise http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/132450/Egypt/Politics-/Russia-and-Egypt-hold-first-ever-joint-naval-drill.aspx
June 10 Security officer at #US Embassy arrested & authorities say he’s commander of Helwan Brigades #Egypt http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2015/06/10/security-guard-at-u-s-embassy-in-egypt-arrested-as-a-terrorist.html

June 10 Attack by 3 persons outside Karnak Temple in Luxor. 5 Egyptians injured; 2 of the attackers killed by police, 3rd set off car bomb & was being treated http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/06/10/2-dead-5-injured-in-luxor-suicide-attack-health-ministry/ First reports were they were Tunisians, but that they were #Egyptians from Minya, Beni Suef & Gharbiyah. #Egypt #Luxor

June 9 Policeman’s house burns in Sinai, IS kills ‘police spy’ http://amay.link/O3WFV

June 9 Armed gunmen fire 7 mortar shells at the small airport south of Shaykh Zuwaid http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/751713
http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0OP2J120150610?irpc=932
June 9 IED found in Haram tunnel. https://twitter.com/ElwatanNews/status/608417187284566016

June 9 A rocket hit a house in a village near Shaykh Zuwaid killing a child. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=de7a2ecb-4463-4109-b401-35d5f2a6c8d7

June 9 5 militants killed and 12 arrested near Shaykh Zuwaid http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=c103855f-a6bf-4660-a736-24fee5497016
June 8 Two militants killed – believed to be Ansar Bayt alMaqdis and 5 arrested near Shaykh Zuwaid http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=9da8e5a3-5038-4340-a538-25bc669b5de0

June 8 Masked men torched cars in Mostafa Nahhas St. #NasrCity yest. #Egypt http://www.youm7.com/story/2015/6/8/%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%AA%D8%B3-%D8%A2%D8%A8-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%88%D9%85-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%B9–%D9%85%D9%82%D9%86%D8%B9%D9%88%D9%86-%D8%AA%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%B9%D9%88%D9%86-%D9%84%D9%84%D8%A5%D8%AE%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%86-%D9%8A%D8%AD%D8%B1%D9%82%D9%88%D9%86-%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D9%85/2216962#.VXcuTWRVikp

June 8 Roadside bomb hit a bus carrying teachers near Shaykh Zuwayd injuring 3. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/132227.aspx

June 8 An Egyptian soldier killed, 5 more “including an officer” got injured in two separate attacks on army in Sheikh Zuwaied and Rafah, #Sinai (no info. on second part) – a girl was killed in Abu al-Arag http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/132264.aspx
June 8 Syria’s opposition groups met in Egypt – aim is to seek a solution to the conflict, but without Assad. (The Muslim Brotherhood were not represented at the mtg) http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/132294.aspx

June 8 Referencing same report below – this concerns the impact of Egypt’s War on Terrorism in the Sinai http://en.aswatmasriya.com/analysis/view.aspx?id=5e0274e4-793a-4b9e-b910-eedcbecbcd8e

June 7 Egyptian army opening fire at striking workers in Al Arish cement killing one and injuring 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rTSd4nLBfI&feature=share&app=desktop … #Egypt
June 7 The President’s office issued an Infographic on Efforts to Counter Terrrorism and restore security. Said 1,671 accused MB members or terrorists, approx.. 38,000 criminals caught 6 million verdicts, 54 solved kidnapping crimes, 1682 gangs arrested, 87,000 arms seized, 94 rape cases 661 harassment cases

June 6 Cairo Appeals Court cancelled the verdict designating Hamas a terrorist group due to lack of jurisdiction (by that court). http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/06/06/cairo-court-cancels-hamas-terrorist-designation/

June 6 Twelve sentenced to 2 years in prison for violence in Suez (and six acquitted) all defendants believed to be members of the Muslim Brotherhood http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=9e26af38-7f1b-43e4-9205-2ededb8feeb6

June 6 A policeman was killed in an explosion at a bombmaking site in Gharbiyya http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=b550d9c1-9517-4114-8a20-4bfb3c43620f

June 6 Egypt’s ‘popular resistance’ has been posting firearm instruction vids, orig. content by Syrian grp from a few years

June 6 #55 explosive devices dismantled in Sheikh Zwayed https://shar.es/12Ggzg

June 5 Telecom workers who had been abducted in a company vehicle in North Sinai have been released http://www.youm7.com/story/2015/6/5/%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%AF%D8%B1–%D8%A5%D8%B7%D9%84%D8%A7%D9%82-%D8%B3%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%AD-%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%84%D9%89-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D9%84%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AA%D8%B5%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AE%D8%AA%D8%B7%D9%81%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%A8%D8%B4%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%B3%D9%8A/2212217#.VXYKBmRVikq

June 4 IED at #Fayoum city council #Egypt wounded a policeman and two employees earlier today #Egypt via @AssetSourceApp pic.twitter.com/uudGIKijtn

June 3 12 militants killed in separate incidents in the Sinai http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=2519a1ba-46a3-43bc-9549-3961eff89738

June 3 Gunmen shot 2 antiquities & tourism policemen near the pyramids in Giza Egypt. http://af.reuters.com/article/egyptNews/idAFL5N0YP28R20150603
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-32998721

June 2 State reported that 141 militants were killed in May http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=3de37939-8ca4-4622-946c-d956bfed5823

June 2 Morsi’s verdict adjourned until June 16

June 2 Sabri al-Ghoul, a Sinai based militant died in detention. Denials & circumstances are unclear. http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/06/02/sinai-activist-reportedly-died-in-military-detention-army-denies/

June 2 Six Coptic families returned to Bani Suef after they had been displaced by Islamists who set their homes on fire. Governor promises those responsible will be punished.

June 1 Unknown militants destroyed a mosque in Shaykh Zuwayd Sinai http://www.albawabaeg.com/55742

June 1 Twenty-two anti-Morsi protesters sentenced to ten year terms in ’13 clashes http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/131680.aspx

June 1 The Muslim Brotherhood’s leadership tasked a cell to infiltrate ministries, pass along information and air false news – going back to ’12 http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=827d5685-6fb3-4a8f-a6b9-cf2945b919d2

Patti Munter Interviews Sherifa Zuhur

16 Jun
7 Questions for Sherifa Zuhur
                                                    By Patti Munter
Sherifa Zuhur is a Visiting Scholar at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley,  researcher and author of 17 books. She was a research professor at the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army War College, directed the Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic, and Strategic Studies, taught at MIT, American University in Cairo, UC Berkeley, California State University, Sacramento and was a Senior Fulbright Research Scholar in Syria and Egypt, and a research scholar at Ben Gurion University’s Chaim Herzog Institute.  Her work on Islamist movements in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, the West Bank and Saudi Arabia has relied on original field research and interviews.  Her dissertation was on the impact of the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamist groups in Egypt whose influence in that country, and in academia and Muslim communities abroad has been profound.  She has tried to draw attention to the growing influence of the Brotherhood and its sister organizations (in Libya, Gaza, Yemen, and Syria) and their links with jihadists.
Americans have a monolithic view of Egypt. Talk to me about the Muslim Brotherhood (MB).  In your view, what does the future hold for the MB in Egypt?
The Muslim Brotherhood first developed in the late 1920s in Egypt as a response to the Westernizing effects of colonialism, and to preserve and develop an Islamic way of life.  From its inception, the organization has drawn on the beliefs of the essentially conservative and deeply religious population to promote a pan-Islamic vision.
In the early to mid-1970s radical Islamist organizations grew and many of them included former Muslim Brotherhood members – namely the Islamic Jihad (IJ) and the Gamaat Islamiyya (GI).  Members of IJ later formed a wing in al-Qaeda; members of GI waged a low-level insurgency against the Egyptian government.  Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood behaved as if it was a political party and also a socio-religious movement, focusing on recruitment, retention, alliances with independents.  It fully expected President Mubarak to alter his antagonism toward them and allow them to retain political seats.
 How easily can you have conversations about Muslim Brotherhood issues with young Arab American students in the US?
Conversations can be quite difficult depending on the degree to which they are influenced by community groups or projects where Islamists dominate.  Liberal students may not really understand the degree to which the MB are committed to bringing about their world vision, and that they are not just one more democratic group or actor to be included in political.
To Arab-Americans who have lived in the region, such discussions are usually clear-cut; many have a healthy fear of Islamist groups. Others grew up with this orientation or married into it.  I was quite shocked to encounter a young woman who firmly supports the MB and wants to work for the overthrow of Sisi who presented herself as a ‘free thinker’ to visiting MB government-in-exile figures speaking at a California university.  As if MB are a cause, like possible extinction of a whale or an animal species that she wants to save. As if they represent a human rights issue. Other young Arab-Americans don’t really have opinions – the MENA is far away for them, they only bump up against the influence of the MB in religious associations.
To what degree have you interacted —or tried to — with MB-tied groups in the US?
While at US Army War College (AWC), I had a lot of problems with some officials and faculty who simply were anti-Muslim. I tried bringing a complaint to CAIR.  What I found was that CAIR represents itself as an advocacy group, but only offers legal assistance in those cases where like-minded individuals suffer discrimination, and it does not pursue many other cases.
I believe Western Muslims should be involved in counterterrorism and security efforts against violent Islam. What bother me most is to see the reliance of some experts and centers on former jihadists (who are Islamists), or community members who are Islamists, whether MB or not.
I watched in disbelief five years ago as Nonie Darwish was disinvited to speak at Princeton about five years ago. Brandeis was also in the news last year: same story, different woman. Thoughts?
Princeton’s disinvitation of Nonie Darwish, like Brandeis’ disinvitation of Ayaan Hirsi Ali was shameful and the result of pressure by students.  All I can say is it is an over-steering, an incorrect characterization of Islamophobia, and a vicious prejudice against two women who support women’s rights and have left Islam.  Converting ‘out’ is considered apostasy, and for that, their high profiles, and firmly anti-Islamist stand, many oppose them.  I am not comfortable with many things Hirsi Ali has done and said, but I would certainly hear her speak.  As we supposedly uphold freedom of speech on our campuses – certainly that should occur.  The other huge division concerns attitudes toward Israel; I suppose Nonie Darwish is not forgiven for her Arabs for Israelorganization.
 After Morsi was elected, you detail how the MB ousted the Minister of Culture. Her replacement vowed to abolish ballet and Islamize Egypt’s film industry.
The MB —via the Freedom and Justice Party— brought in its own ministers. There was great antipathy to the new 2012 Constitution and other actions by Morsi.  He appointed a new minister of Culture, Alaa Abd al-Aziz about a year into his term.  By then the Tamarrod movement had already begun (the petition calling for Morsi to step down).  As Abd al-Aziz made statements about Islamizing the arts – not only doing away with ballet – he fired the directors of the Cairo Opera House, the National Library and Archives, and the General Egyptian Book Organization.    The cast of the Opera appeared onstage in Aidacarrying placards against the Muslim Brotherhood and calling for the end of Morsi’s regime.  Then writers, artists, and performers began a two week sit-in outside of the Ministry of Culture.
What was behind the 2013 calls from Western governments to include MB politically? Was it fear? Naiveté? Corruption?  
Various countries had come to the conclusion that Islamists held so much influence in the Middle East, they should be partners in the struggle against  radical Islamists – a sort of “if you can’t beat them, join them” stance.   They weren’t wrong in understanding that pushing full-out anti-religious secularism would not take, but rather, in imagining that Islamist organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood would ever be inclusive or put anything but its own movement’s interests first.  Numerous Washington-based organizations and NGOs had promoted democracy in which Islamists and non-Islamists would coexist and somehow people would vote down coercive laws or measures.
Strong ties were established between democracy-building organizations and Islamists, so the thought was that since Morsi had won the election, the Muslim Brotherhood must be included in the post 06/30/13 government.  In fact, then Minister of Defense al-Sisi presented multiple offers to the Muslim Brotherhood to include them in some way if Morsi stepped down, but they refused.
You catalogue daily instances of sabotage and violence by the “ansar Morsi.” Are they available to read by public?
  I periodically post logs on Twitter of daily incidents of sabotage and violence by Ansar Morsi, and other radical Islamists.  I do so because a wing of Egypt’s opposition claims that the Muslim Brotherhood are not violent; or they assert that the violence is actually fake and enacted by Egypt’s security forces to have a reason for a crackdown.  Occasionally I post these on my website (sherifazuhurwordpress.com) and I am working on articles and a book which highlights this security campaign.
   The Atlantic copies Egyptian press notices on violence and the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy tracks violent attacks. For some reason, both are opposed to Egypt’s government, and they do not connect dots between the resistance, its likely sources of funding, etc.
    They are stuck in the belief that radicalization is caused by repression instead of understanding that radicalization is its own motor and motivation.   .

Muslim Brotherhood and Extremist Violence in Egypt & Sinai May 15 – 31, 2015

3 Jun

Muslim Brotherhood and Extremist Violence in Egypt & Sinai May 15 – 31, 2015


May 31 Sinai militants blew up a natural gas pipeline early Sunday morning near al-Arishhttp://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/officials-militants-blow-natural-gas-pipeline-egypt-31423726
Security was reinforced after the attack. (Wilayat Sinai did not take credit for the attack as of 01/06)http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/131562.aspx

May 31 Report by National Council of Human Rights says 2,600 were killed in 18 months over the ouster of Morsi. including 700 policemen & 500 civilians. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/M/ML_EGYPT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT

May 30 An effort to smuggle police uniforms from Egypt to Saudi Arabia was foiled.http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/attempt-smuggle-police-uniforms-saudi-arabia-foiled

May 29 Pro-Morsi (Anti-Coup) posts photo of protests in #Damietta today on IkhwanWeb

May 29 Pro-Muslim Brotherhood march in Giza was dispersed by authorities.http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=da6963f3-ad55-49e9-bdad-cd4ef6c6fe42

May 29 Pro-Morsi/Muslim Brotherhood group causes havoc on Haram St. previous nighthttp://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/743411#.VWdvsXYWAV4.facebook

May 28 #ABM threatens to strike Eilat. http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-ISIS-linked-Sinai-terrorists-threaten-to-strike-Eilat-port-404440?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

May 28 One policeman killed & 8 wounded in attack in #Arish #Sinai #Egypthttp://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=5e2b9a62-f5a5-48a3-8fe7-82b0d0468b35

May 28 #Egypt‘s forces have captured #MuslimBrotherhood‘s Mohamed Taha Wahdan acting leader “inside” since the 8/14/13 clearing of #Rabaa

May 28 Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson says Mahmoud Hussein is no longer the group’s secretary-general.https://twitter.com/ajmurgent/status/604025516602081281 … #

May 28 Electricity power tower that was destroyed this morning in Oseem with 4 bombs, 2 of which were defused, cost $4 million

May 27 Police brigadier general killed by a #terrorist roadside bomb in
http://linkis.com/www.reuters.com/arti/Awfwu

May 27 2 soldiers injured and 22 bombs neutralized in northern Sinai http://sdb.esisc.org/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=%2fIncident%2fView%2feda2a089-4f52-4018-81a2-cfe5da3f16b8%3futm_medium%3dtwitter%26utm_campaign%3d%2523security%26utm_source%3dtwitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=%23security&utm_source=twitterfeed

May 27 Two IEDs detonated on a train track in #Gharbiyya today – #Egypt #insurgencyhttp://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=b0473e11-a957-4d90-ae8c-0a64f386b3ce

May 26 Today a power cut hit #Egypt‘s state television for the 2nd time in a month: http://ift.tt/1dvVLaK

May 26 Egyptian Court sentences Head of Al-Qaida in north Sinai Adel Habbarah, 8 other terrorists to death. Habbarah planned the August 2012 terror attack which killed 16 Egyptian soldiers in Rafah, North Sinai. #Egyptabbarah also personally executed 25 unarmed #Egypt|ian soldiers in cold blood in Jan 2014

May 26 521 tunnel openings destroyed on Gaza border http://dlvr.it/9yZ6Zl

May 26 Egyptian forces capture all but 3 Muslim Brotherhood members in 2 Giza neighborhoods and close an MB weapons workshop http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/741634

May 26 Police commander of Port Said prison gives testimony, saying demonstrators attacked the prison & guards couldn’t defend prison because they were pelted with stones
http://www.shorouknews.com/news/view.aspx?cdate=26052015&id=55d342f2-8e5c-4874-bf49-4295ed9c74dc

May 25 Police shot a Christian women, then an officer and 2 soldiers taken prisoner in a church in Mashiet Nasr and were then released following on police negotiation. Mashiet Nasserhttp://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/741279

May 25 #LIbya‘s tribal leaders met in #Cairo conference today; aim to build alliance against #Islamic militants#Egypt
http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=9b876e15-50c9-4c8d-b88d-46338d1f23af

May 24 Rafah border will be open this week on Tuesday and Wednesdayhttp://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=765594

May 23 #Minya police rescued 4 #Copts who were kidnapped. #Egypthttp://www.persecution.org/2015/05/22/egypt-police-rescue-kidnapped-copts-leaving-marian-pilgrimage-site/

May 23 Three bombs targeting electricity pylon went off in Nasr City early Saturday. No casualties.http://www.masrawy.com/news/news_cases/details/2015/5/23/585618/%D9%82%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A3%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%AA%D9%85%D8%B4%D8%B7-%D8%B4%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B9-%D9%85%D8%AF%D9%8A%D9%86%D8%A9-%D9%86%D8%B5%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D8%B9%D8%AF-%D8%AA%D9%81%D8%AC%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%D9%87%D8%AF%D9%81-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AC-%D9%83%D9%87%D8%B1%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%A1

May 23 Egypt and the US have disagreed at the nuclear NPT talks. Egypt strongly supports a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East, but the US will not address Israel’s possession of nuclear weapons. The US, UK and Canada blocked the final resolution. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=6c923ca8-fab1-4ace-a0b4-168ce9c50e01

May 22 Not “suspected” militants, actual militants kidnapped an #Egypt|ian soldier from an ambulance #Sinaihttp://www.egyptindependent.com//news/soldier-kidnapped-suspected-islamist-militants-egypt-s-sinai

May 22 Three bombs targeting electricity pylons went off in different parts of Nasr City – Three people injuredhttps://twitter.com/Cairotoday/status/601912544371056640

May 21 Abu Usama al-Masry, leader of Wilayat Sinai calls for attacks on judgeshttp://english.ahram.org.eg/News/130873.aspx

May 21 Two IEDs reportedly explode in Suez Canal city of Ismailia, in the 3rd District. 3 others diffused.

May 21 A police conscript killed & one injured in shooting in #Sharqiyya #Egypthttp://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=9a01c860-47cc-4cf9-a2a3-667d6b766938

May 20 Two IED att (via 3 IEDs – Behaira; Sharqiya); 12 IEDs def; 1 arm att (N. Sinai); ≈103 suspects arrested#Egypt

May 19 Security forces killed a suspect in the shooting of 2 police #Egypthttp://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=3a36b87a-42f7-4dca-a701-f2c2227c0477

May 18 The Tahrir Institute (a U.S. institute, not Egyptian) says Sinai residents are paying too high a price “for Egypt” in the current counterterrorism campaign: http://timep.org/commentary/north-sinai-population-continues-to-sacrifice-for-egypt/

May 18 Armed assailants carry out 2 attacks in #ShaykhZuwayd, killing 1, injuring 1 #Sinai #Egypthttp://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=95c44f0d-979b-4c5d-9395-0afa15f7d9d2

May 18 Three bombs exploded in #Tora area: 2 by the Nile Corniche and one in Tora car tunnel. No injuries.

May 18 Interim Min. of Justice accuses the Muslim Brotherhood of killing the three judges (who were assassinated on Sunday) http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/130509.aspx

May 18 Two men sentenced to death for forming a terrorist cell in Egypthttp://english.ahram.org.eg/News/130616.aspx

May 18 Armed men steal an ambulance in Shaykh Zuwaidhttp://bit.ly/1c0YaIT

May 18 Conscript injured in an attack on the checkpoint in Ismailiyyahttp://english.ahram.org.eg/News/130536.aspx

May 18 Two bombings in Damanhour and one in Abou Homs, Bahairahttp://english.ahram.org.eg/News/130531.aspx

May 18 Ansar al-Dawlah Islamiyya claim a rocket attack on #Egypt (on Friday) #Sinaihttp://jihadology.net/2015/05/17/new-statement-from-jamaat-an%E1%B9%A3ar-al-dawlah-al-islamiyyah-fi-bayt-al-maqdis-targeting-the-apostate-egyptian-military-in-the-bush-area-with-107-missiles/

May 18 Two suspects in attempted assassination of a judge (May 10th) were killed after firing on security #Egypthttp://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=33e67009-c293-47c2-ab5b-e5b41b757ee9

May 18 Wilayat Sinai pledge allegiance again to Bahdadi of ISIS in another video
https://archive.org/details/Bay3atOpah

May 18 Bombing of electricity pylon cuts power to 14 villages in Upper Egypt http://bit.ly/1FjOB2c

May 16 Judges shot dead in #Sinai #Egypt hours after #Morsi‘s sentence.http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/three-egyptian-judges-shot-dead-in-sinai-hours-after-mohamed-morsi-sentenced-to-death-10255067.html

May 15 Eight women banned from traveling to Turkey as Egypt enacts a new policy to inhibit women from joining ISIS.http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=c6d68300-8fab-4a6b-b9bc-878c4895cc68

May 15 Egyptian authorities stopped 22 Egyptians from illegally crossing into Libya through Salloumhttp://english.ahram.org.eg/News/130345.aspx

May 15 9 mid-level MuslimBrotherhood leaders arrested for vandalism & inciting to #violence #Egypthttp://onaeg.com/?p=2276657

Terrorism & CT in the Sinai & Egypt: May 1 – May 16, 2015

16 May

Judges shot dead in hours after ‘s sentence.  

May 15 Eight women banned from traveling to Turkey as Egypt enacts a new policy to inhibit women from joining ISIS. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=c6d68300-8fab-4a6b-b9bc-878c4895cc68

May 15 Egyptian authorities stopped 22 Egyptians from illegally crossing into Libya through Salloum http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/130345.aspx

May 15 9 mid-level MuslimBrotherhood leaders arrested for vandalism & inciting to #violence #Egypt http://onaeg.com/?p=2276657 

May 14 Three people gunned down in the Sinai in two separate incidents. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=6c90ffac-f07c-4543-9c1f-ba4801e18416

May 14 Ninety-four middle-ranking #MuslimBrotherhood leaders arrested for planning attacks on police/mil. & being in a banned terrorist organization http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/05/14/94-middle-ranking-muslim-brotherhood-leaders-arrested-interior-ministry/

May 14 National Council of #Arab and Egyptian tribes to spend LE 1 bill. on tribal development in the Sinai

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/05/14/tribes-should-organise-behind-the-state-ncaet/

May 14 Eight suspected militants killed in al-Arish in north Sinai. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=e79cfd6c-08dc-4114-8ce0-d5dc5cfd0ab6

May 14 Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis and bedouin tribes – background. http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/egyptsource/a-new-sinai-battle-bedouin-tribes-and-egypt-s-isis-affiliate

May 13 Explosions kill 4 Egyptian soldiers (otherwise reported as two officers and two soliders) 4 civilians in #Sinai http://wpo.st/Nh0H0 http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/05/13/4-army-soldiers-killed-in-rafah/

and see http://www.timesofoman.com/News/51653/Article-Four-Egyptian-soldiers-three-civilians-killed-in-Egypts-Sinai-Peninsula-bomb-attacks

May 13 Reports that pro-MB terrorists downed transmission from Media Prod. City

May 13 Assessments of 6 months of Sinai operations by the Egyptian army https://www.facebook.com/Egy.Army.Spox/posts/654570224673963

May 13 Egypt’s Min. of Defense and Min. of the Interior visit military and police sites in the Sinai https://www.facebook.com/Egy.Army.Spox/posts/656550774475908

May 13 Egypt‘s security arrests Essam Derbala, head of #amaatIslamiyya (masterminds of Luxor attack & many others)  in Qena http://www.thecairopost.com/news/150399/news/breaking-gamaa-islamiyya-chairman-arrested

May 12  President Sisi gave his monthly address to Egyptians reporting on progress of many development programs, such as the new Suez Canal (which employs many Sinai residents) and also on the counterterrorism program in the Sinai.

May 12 “Sawlat al-Ansar 2” posted on Youtube by Islamic State in the Sinai http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=e64_1431447984

May 12 ISIS affiliate ‘Supporters of the #IslamicState in Beit al-Maqdis’ claiming to raise black flags in #Rafah #Gaza

May 11 Shots fired by Egyptian border guards injured a Palestinian driver at Kerem Shalom crossing into Gaza http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=765346

May 11 Egypt and Djibouti discussed Red Sea security http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=a3ee8f06-a5a1-418c-a8d0-c368231357e6

May 10 Text of the tribal union statement from the Sinai http://www.albawabhnews.com/1283036

May 10 A woman shot by unknown assailants and hospitalized in central Sinai, three brothers kidnapped from their home in northern Sinai and three militants killed – also in northern Sinai. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=c24f42c3-57ec-4a58-bbf4-894412bd3ffd

May 10 NileSat and Min. of Electricity denied responsibility for the power failure at Maspero which caused State television to fail on Saturday http://www.thecairopost.com/news/149872/news/electricity-ministry-nilesat-deny-responsibility-for-masperos-power-failure

May 10 Failed assassination attempt on #judge in #MB case – 4 bystanders injured 3 bombs #Egypt http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/728926

May 10 2 Brotherhood sympathizers killed en route to carry out bombing attack in Fayoum. Bomb exploded prematurely. #Egypt

May 10 Thirty tribes at the Sinai Tribal Federation pledged to confront militant groups on the Peninsula. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/129898/Egypt/Politics-/UPDATED-Egyptian-tribes-pledge-to-battle-Islamist-.aspx

May 9 Two soldiers killed in N. Sinai as they picked up their daughters from school (see report below – doesn’t have the detail about “daughters”)

May 9 Major clashes between #Egypt security forces and MB in Al-Basarta, Damietta today: 6 killed according to #Ikhwan http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/726480

May 9 Many prisoners from Sinai to be released today from Azouli military prison at the second field army in Ismailia #Egypt

May 9   725 militants killed by Egyptian security forces between Oct14- April15; 1823 HQ’s & hideouts demolished;1873 suspects + 206 wanted arrested.

May 9 2 policemen killed – http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=b4ec9856-4a01-41ad-b8ac-173af4d73659

May 8 2 policemen killed, 1 wounded in #Arish drive-by shooting #Sinai #Egypt http://www.news24.com/Africa/News/Drive-by-shooting-in-Sinai-kills-2-policemen-20150508

May 8 Sixteen members of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis were killed in two operations in al-Arish http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=4b9b7ea0-ff94-4802-b47a-9b82f53d6918

May 7 A team of 8 observers from Europe arrived in Gaza to report in the Rafah crossing http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=765283

May 7 Karm Alkawadis military point south of Shaykh Zuwaid has been targeted by #Sinai province militants mortar shells, one soldier has been injured.

May 7 Egypt’s president greets returned Ethiopian workers who arrived from Libya after negotiations with fighting groups there. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/129641.aspx

May 6 Report on human trafficking (including organ sales) in the Sinai (this has been ongoing for years)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqLOHgZU5iY&feature=youtu.be&a

 

May 6 Three Palestinians try to enter Gaza via smuggling tunnels and are killed in clashes with Egypt’s border guards http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/724383

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4654478,00.html

May 5 Egyptian authorities arrest 40 people in Sharqiyya on suspicion of belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood. http://www.madamasr.com/news/40-arrested-sharqiya-charges-belonging-islamic-state

 

May 5 Who is bombing Egypt’s electricity towers – the al-Iqab al-Thawri or their backers, the Ikhwan? http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/05/egypt-power-plants-bombings-brotherhood-electricity-ministry.html#ixzz3ZJQZjwWF

May 5  Muslim Brotherhood elements kill conscript, injure investigations aide of Damietta police station

May 4 National Defense Council approves continuation of Egypt’s external military missions, including involvement in the coalition fighting in Yemen. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=0dbf6b31-3c59-4ea1-bc1f-7bfcefe4b955

May 4 Clashes reported in Rafah as the Islamic State affiliate launches an attack on a local security camp. Different source claims there were two attacks Shaykh Zuwayd police station & central security camp – no casualties.

May 4 A bomb exploded at a Mobinil station in Shebin al-Koum in Menufiyya and another bomb was defused. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=887677597957321

May 4 Six people were injured as a bomb in a paper bag explodes in Manshiyat Nasser, a slum area in Cairo. http://www.thecairopost.com/news/148845/news/slum-family-injured-after-bomb-detonated-in-trash

May 4 Surveillance cameras will be installed nation wide in Egypt http://egyptianstreets.com/2015/05/04/surveillance-cameras-to-be-deployed-nationwide-in-egypt/

May 3 Four injured in al-Arish explosion http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/05/03/4-injured-in-al-arish-bomb-explosion/#st_refDomain=t.co&st_refQuery=/5oXdAD7O98

May 3 Forty were referred to criminal court for communication with ISIS http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=c1204ceb-0c3d-4114-9663-f9b122762502   Also see: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/05/03/Egypt-charges-40-over-allegedly-being-ISIS-members.html

May 3 “Peaceful” Ikhwan demonstrators fire on senior officer & policeman near October City #Egypt http://www.el-balad.com/1515642

May 3 An Egyptian teen is sentenced to 15 years for making bombs. http://www.albawaba.com/news/egyptian-teen-sentenced-15-years-making-bombs-689716

May 2   State of Sinai claim they cut supply of Egypt’s military and release pictures to illustrate pic.twitter.com/rgAB7xcKUu

May 2 A tribal coalition in northern Sinai offered 1 million L.E. to whoever will kill Shadi al-Menei, a senior leader of the [Ansar al-Maqdis, but ID’d here as WS) Wilayat Sina’ group. http://news.videonews.us/egypts-sinai-tribes-put-bounty-daesh-militant-028704.html

May 2 Members of a tribe abduct Haytham al-Menei – the brother of an Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis leader http://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=765185&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

May 2 IED explodes near resort hotels at the Fayoum Oasis, south of #Cairo. Fayoum area hard hit by ongoing attack wave.

May 1 Gunmen attacked an al-Ahram Foundation staff bus in 6th of October city injuring 6 people, 3 of them critically. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/129095.aspx

 

Terrorism in the Sinai and Egypt 22 Apr – 04 May ’15

4 May

On a widely subscribed academic list, the Sociology of Islam, one may read frequent posts by Dr. Alain Gabon reviling President Sisi. Colleagues unfamiliar with Egypt who read Western language media have a very flawed picture of the most pressing issues in the country as a result of editorial bias. In attempting to rebut Gabon, and in visiting different university campuses in the U.S. I realized that many – and not only Americans — are unaware of the very real acts of terrorism now perpetrated on a daily basis in Egypt by supporters of ex-President Morsi.  Many are militants to whom the political process is irrelevant; their aim is destabilization.  Hardly any western media cover the issue; if they do, the only analysis offered is that the Sinai campaign is “too harsh,” or they insist that the Muslim Brotherhood “must be re-included” as per the position of the New York Times and Washington Post’s editorial board. Only Egyptians and those who have followed the terrorist/militant groups in the Sinai since their emergence c. 2004, realize that the militants in the Sinai proliferated during President Morsi’s term, have multiplied due to external factors, and that connections to Gaza, Libya, Sudan and elsewhere render the Sinai terrorism a regional issue, and not only a local one. I am waiting to read a serious article about the funding of these groups (or I will attempt to write one).  Then, there is the violence on the mainland, and so many incidents of IEDs or defused bombs that it is impossible to log them on a casual basis – but this will give you a snippet of these events.

 

May 4 Clashes reported in Rafah as the “Islamic State affiliate” launches an attack on a local security camp. Different source claims there were two attacks on Shaykh Zuwayd police station & central security camp and no casualties.

 

May 4 A bomb exploded at a Mobinil station in Shebin al-Koum in Menufiyya and another bomb was defused. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=887677597957321

 

May 4 Six people were injured as a bomb in a paper bag explodes in Manshiyat Nasser, a slum area.   http://www.thecairopost.com/news/148845/news/slum-family-injured-after-bomb-detonated-in-trash

 

May 4 Surveillance cameras are to be installed to improve security in Egypt http://egyptianstreets.com/2015/05/04/surveillance-cameras-to-be-deployed-nationwide-in-egypt/

 

May 3 Four injured in al-Arish explosion http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/05/03/4-injured-in-al-arish-bomb-explosion/#st_refDomain=t.co&st_refQuery=/5oXdAD7O98

 

May 3 Forty persons were referred to criminal court for communication with ISIS http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=c1204ceb-0c3d-4114-9663-f9b122762502

Also see: http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/05/03/Egypt-charges-40-over-allegedly-being-ISIS-members.html

May 3 Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators fire on senior officer & policeman near October City http://www.el-balad.com/1515642

May 3 An Egyptian teen was sentenced to 15 years for making bombs. http://www.albawaba.com/news/egyptian-teen-sentenced-15-years-making-bombs-689716

May 2 The State of Sinai claim they cut supply of Egypt’s military and release pictures to illustrate pic.twitter.com/rgAB7xcKUu

May 2 A tribal coalition in northern Sinai offered 1 million L.E. to whoever will kill Shadi al-Menei, a senior leader of the [Ansar al-Maqdis, but identified here as Wilayat Sinai) Wilayat Sina’ group. http://news.videonews.us/egypts-sinai-tribes-put-bounty-daesh-militant-028704.html

May 2 Members of a tribe abduct Haytham al-Menei – the brother of an Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis leaderhttp://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?ID=765185&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

May 2 IED explodes near resort hotels at the Fayoum Oasis, south of #Cairo. Fayoum area hard hit by ongoing attack wave.

May 1 Gunmen attacked an al-Ahram Foundation staff bus in 6th of October city injuring 6 people, 3 of them critically. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/129095.aspx

Apr. 29 State of Sinai post images showing bombing home of Ibrahim Al-Argani, a prominent leader of the Tarabin tribe. #Egypt #Sinai #StateofSinai‘s photos of bombed home of #Tarabin leader #Sinai – who they call “apostate”#Egypt https://justpaste.it/s3rj

Apr 29 Claims that 23 tribes aiding #Egypt‘s army against #StateofSinai militants #Sinaihttp://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/04/28/1975299

Apr. 28 Clashes erupt between the Tarabin tribe and Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis in the northern Sinaihttp://english.ahram.org.eg/News/128837.aspx

Apr 28 From 17/04-23/04 alone, there 99 attacks in N. #Sinai#Cairo, elsewhere in  http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/719219

Apr. 28 Egypt begins a new effort against tunnels connecting Gaza and Sinai after discovering many more of them.http://www.maannews.net/Content.aspx?id=774484

Apr 27 Man threw a bag with a suspected bomb at school where the Min. of Interior’s children are enrolled   http://www.masrawy.com/News/News_Cases/details/2015/4/27/539168/%D8%B4%D8%A7%D8%A8-%D9%8A%D9%84%D9%82%D9%8A-%D8%AC%D8%B3%D9%85-%D8%BA%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A8-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-%D9%85%D8%AF%D8%B1%D8%B3%D8%A9-%D8%A8%D9%87%D8%A7-3-%D8%A3%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D9%84%D9%88%D8%B2%D9%8A%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%AE%D9%84%D9%8A%D8%A9

Apr 27 New areas of Rafah to be evacuated as part of the buffer zone.http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/128818.aspx

Apr 27 – Overnight blasts brought down power lines in Nile Delta http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/128754.aspx

Apr. 26 Stolen vehicles mean that Wilayat Sinai may be preparing a car bomb campaign in the Sinai.understandingwar.org/backgrounder/wilayat-sinai-likely-preparing-car-bomb-campaign?utm_source=Reviewing+the+Week%3A+ISW+Intelligence+Summary%2C+April+18-24%2C+2015&utm_campaign=Reviewing+the+Week%3A+ISW+Intelligence+Summary%2C+April+18-24%2C+2015&utm_medium=email

Apr. 26 Two electric pylons on Cairo-Alexandria highway were bombed, 6 injured.http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/04/27/1973056 …
3 cell towers torched in Oct6. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/04/26/1972877 #Egypt

Apr 26 Gunmen shot & killed one man in village of #Berth & abducted another. #Sinaihttp://www.thecairopost.com/news/147783/news/rafah-bedouin-killed-another-abducted-after-ansar-bayt-al-maqdis-warns-tribe

Apr. 25 IED explosion knocked over transmission tower in Fayoum

Apr. 25 Four people were killed and one injured while making bombs in the Beni Soueif governoratehttp://english.ahram.org.eg/News/128622.aspx

Apr. 24 Three bombs explode in #Matariya; a 4th bomb was disabled. People in the area chant “Death to the Muslim Brotherhood” in response http://m.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/715713

Apr. 24 Police disperse #Islamist protests in #Haram#Badrashein and #Faysal – it’s Friday. #Egypthttp://english.ahram.org.eg/News/128540.aspx

Apr. 24 Ten Ansar Bayt Maqdis members killed in a night raid in the Sinai http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/716430

Apr 23 Gas lines to the factory in ‪Kafr al-Dawwar were blown up. https://t.co/OecgnXcS0O

Apr. 23 One killed, 4 injured as a house was hit by a shell (presumably military) in Shaykh Zuwayd http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=a2b12d82-9aa3-4d0d-8919-e88a89cbdf46

Apr. 23 Explosion reported near police checkpoint on Alexandria-Behaira road.http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/04/24/1969855

Apr. 22 Raed Al-Saheli, head of detectives died Monday morning in al-Arish of his wounds following a car bomb attack on a building section on 11 April

 

 

Terrorism & CT in Egypt: Sinai and Beyond Feb. 3 – Apr. 21 2015

21 Apr

April 2015

Apr. 21 Egypt’s army has killed 57 militants in the last 10 days. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=0a5c1e84-8b05-463d-a2a2-4aac3218affd

 

Apr. 20 Ikhwan’s Beltagi allegedly told court that the terrorism in Sinai will stop if the ‘coup’ withdrew. (Similar comments made by Muslim Brotherhood figures visiting the US in January – pointing at direct connection to ABM/WS).

 

Apr. 20 #KafrHilal residents protested on the #Cairo#Alexandria highway abt the kidnapping of two girls.  #Egypt  http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/128127.aspx

 

Apr. 19 #Egypt‘s armed forces killed 13 extremists (presum. #ABM) on Sat. in northern #Sinai  http://www.spyghana.com/middle-east-news-summary-from-xinhua-3/

4 of them in Shaykh Zuwayd http://www.albawabaeg.com/53340

 

 

Apr 19 Clashes at #Cairo University between students & Falcon security guards.  #Egypt http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/04/19/clashes-break-out-at-cairo-university/ 10 students arrested. (Youm 7)

 

Apr 19 Ministry of the Interior has charged the newspaper al-Masry al-Youm due to reportage of police brutality. (al-Ahram)

Apr. 18 An Egyptian court has placed #AnsarBaytalMaqdis on the terrorism list along with 207 of the group’s members. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=76ad5f0c-162b-4baa-8147-d57c19ef29a5

 

 

Apr. 18 #Tarabin tribe say they will combat #WilayatSina (State of #Sinai), although … #Egypt http://levantinegroup.com/2015/04/key-sinai-tribe-vows-to-combat-egyptian-isis-branch/

 

Apr. 16 State of Sinai militants blew up an armoured vehicle near the borders of south Rafah; two others targeted earlier today.

 

Apr. 16 One killed and one wounded in a Shaykh Zuwayd explosion http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=714efee5-5087-46fa-931f-fdcbd431cf57

 

Apr. 16 Wide operation by Egypt’s air and land forces on the towns southern Sheikh Zuwaied and Rafah. One officer killed and one injured as two military vehicles targeted south of Shaykh Zuwayd.

 

Apr. 15 Hundreds of Kafr El Sheikh residents took to the streets in an anti-terror demonstration,calling for executing all MB leaders

 

 

Apr. 15 Bomb kills 2, injures 6 at Kafr El Sheikh at military academy #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/127739.aspx

 

Apr. 14 Attack on police station in al-Arish killed 3 police http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/709240

 

 

Apr. 14 Four (other sources reported 6 and 8) explosive devices went off at the electricity tower #October City interrupting television broadcasting #Egypt  http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/709197

 

 

Apr. 14 Muslim Brotherhood youth call for attacks as in Sinai peninsula in all governates and “terrorizing military” http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/708995

 

Apr. 13 Bomber living in Sheikh Zayed arrested, he is allegedly a MuslimBrotherhood member http://www.thecairopost.com/news/146070/news/alleged-brotherhood-member-arrested-for-manufacturing-bombs

 

 

Apr. 13 A bomb exploded at #Helwan‘s municipality headquarters injuring two.  #Egypt http://www.thecairopost.com/news/145985/news/video-bomb-at-helwan-headquarters-injures-2

 

Apr. 13 Egyptian F-16 carried out multiple sorties in north #Sinai today

 

Apr. 13 Minister of religious endowments calls for allowing volunteers to serve counterterrorism forces in Egypt, but military spokesperson says if there was a need, they would have called on people http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/04/13/endowments-minister-calls-on-armed-forces-to-allow-counter-terrorism-volunteers/

 

 

Apr. 12 Soldier shot in Rafah http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/update-soldier-shot-dead-sinai-s-rafah

 

Apr. 12 Vehicle suicide bomb in Arish at police station – has killed 15 so three attacks in #Sinai today: IED in #ShaykhZuwayd, shooting in #Rafah, suicide VBIED in #Arish. #Egypt

 

 

Apr. 12 Clashes began over a video tape mocking ISIS but also some raids of churches re. illegal worship charges – writes about: “Security forces laissez-faire attitude to the (Muslim-Coptic) ‘conflict'”(?) on clashes during Holy Week #Egypt http://www.madamasr.com/sections/politics/easter-celebrations-tainted-attacks-copts-during-holy-week

 

 

Apr. 12 6 Soldiers killed and 2 injured by roadside bomb nr. Shaykh Zuwaid http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/sinai-attacks-egyptian-soldiers-continue-1148433198

 

Apr. 11 Two bombs exploded in Cairo‘s residential Imbaba district on Saturday, causing no casualties (Reuters)

 

 

Apr. 10 militants post a video of beheading an Egyptian in #Sinai for spying & killing a soldier.

 

Apr. 10 #ABM militants set fire to 6 food & gas trucks (for military) at #ShaykhZuwayd #Sinai #Egypt http://www.thecairopost.com/news/145582/news/6-gas-and-food-trucks-set-ablaze-in-n-sinai

 

Apr. 9 Anti-“military rule” groups claimed 14 demonstrations in different parts of Egypt  #Egypt https://www.facebook.com/RNN.World/posts/876351852423229

 

 

Apr. 9 A mortar & a missile killed 11 civilians in #Sinai & 2 soldiers killed.  #Egypt http://bigstory.ap.org/article/029fe1f7e32244eab720d5ea9936ae5b/violence-egypts-sinai-kills-11-civilians-2-soldiers?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter and see

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/127249.aspx

 

Apr. 8 #Egypt, N-#Sinai– A roadside bomb blast in El Arish killed two policemen & wounded three.

 

 

Apr. 8 Egypt‘s cabinet approved a LE 400 m refund for the #Sinai buffer zone residents  http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/701798

 

 

Apr. 8 1,000 Egyptians have been evacuated from Yemen http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=28899dc3-e9d6-4a49-93e9-a0325b2937cd

 

Apr. 8 379 referred to criminal court for being part of the Nahda encampment http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=562ea2b6-699d-41ec-897a-6328753c9bcd

 

 

Apr. 6 Clashes between the army and militants at Alfitat village south Sheikh Zuwaied. Also eyewitnesses confirm hovering of Apaches and F16 airplanes. 7 militants killed in the operation.

 

Apr. 6 Military kills 13 militants and arrests 4 http://www2.el-balad.com/1471786#sthash.w69txu9m.uxfs

 

 

Apr 6 Third stage of the buffer zone in the Rafah area is about to be implemented. http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/egypt-prepares-3rd-phase-gaza-buffer-zone

 

 

Apr. 5 Bomb explodes on the bridge over Zamalek today in Cairo killing one policeman and injuring 2. http://egyptianstreets.com/2015/04/05/deadly-bomb-shakes-up-scale-cairo-district/

 

Apr. 5 Egyptian forces killed Ajnad Misr’s leader in a shootout in an apartment in Giza. https://www.stratfor.com/sample/situation-report/egypt-security-forces-kill-islamist-leader?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=Stratfor

 

 

Apr. 5 Reports of attack on a church in Alexandria injuring one policeman ane 2 civilians http://ow.ly/LdYvJ 

 

Apr. 4 Explosions outside school wall on the Corniche in Imbaba.

 

Apr. 4 Death toll rises to 16 after 11 of the injured in recent Sinai attacks die http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=92ecb010-e193-4bc1-a30c-8d692616f970

 

Apr. 4 Two bombs exploded near a Cairo police station – placed in front of the Ahmed Oraby school. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/04/egypt-violence-idUSL6N0X102L20150404

 

 

Apr. 3 15 militants killed today in north Sinai http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=4018835c-2869-4475-a4f5-0c749c852af9

 

Apr. 3 ABM/State of Sinai claimed responsibility for the attacks killing the 15 soldiers. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/04/03/us-egypt-security-idUSKBN0MU0OR20150403

 

Apr. 3 In statement on yesterday’s attacks, “State of #Sinai” claims 10s killed, weapons seized from #Egypt military, Apaches “thwarted” see

http://jihadology.net/2015/04/03/new-statement-from-the-islamic-state-worsening-morning-of-the-omniscient-wilayat-sina-sinai/

And see: http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/04/04/state-of-sinai-claims-thursday-attacks/

 

 

Apr. 3 Unidentified assailants killed a policeman on the Fayoum-Cairo road. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=39e157d1-2355-435d-a0b5-5f72ffaec1c0

 

Apr. 2 Militants (#ABM/WS) killed 15 soldiers and 3 civilians in northern #Sinai today. #Egypt http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/04/02/sinai-attack_n_6991730.html?ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000017

 

Apr. 2 Egyptian army kills 35 to 40+ terrorists (in differing sources) in air raids in North Sinai in retaliation for earlier terrorist attacks http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=ec4f8fb3-ad0e-4907-9bf0-c437431e424a

 

 

April 1 Three killed in a blast in #Sharqiyya – apparently bombmakers. #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=5815230e-8ec8-408c-9750-3fa68504bf79

 

April 1 A policeman was shot and killed by assailants in #Menufiyya. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=36bb2699-b374-4242-a952-c0240e4a1b0d

 

March 2015

 

March 31 Obama released military aid to #Egypt – which was suspended for 17 months.   http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/white-house-obama-releases-military-aid-egypt-suspended-30032636

 

 

March 31 Security kills militants in Sinai. Also 22 additional tunnels discovered. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/126532.aspx

 

March 30 2 policemen injured while dismantling bombs in #Alexandria #Egypt on Monday.  http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=fa79e95b-f302-4641-a887-3645c2f2096b

 

 

March 29 Agnad Misr claims responsibility for Cairo University attack on Saturday http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/126373.aspx

 

March 29 2.8 long kilometer tunnel discovered in the Sinai border area http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=17c5efde-4756-409d-94e6-a240ea6a81f0

March 29 Bomb detonated at Maglas el-dawlat. #Cairo. #Dokki

 

March 27 #Bomb exploded in front of #Cairo University, injuring 8 (& makes Fox News unlike 100s of other bombs) #Egypt  http://www.foxnews.com/world/2015/03/28/bomb-explodes-in-front-egypt-largest-and-most-prominent-university-injuring-8/?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+foxnews%2Fworld+%28Internal+-+World+Latest+-+Text%29

 

March 26 Protesters set fire to car & attack a house – trying to stop construction of Virgin Mary Church in Minya which is to honor Egyptians who died in Libya.   http://en.sectarianattacks.com/attacks/232-protesters-surround-virgin-church-in-al-aour-minya-torch-car

 

March 26 Lawyer, Samir Sabry is dropping his case against Hamas which charged it with being a terrorist entity. This is one of two cases.

 

March 26 Police official killed, also 1 of his armed attackers #Suez#Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=e6c14e36-7f57-4cff-bfae-7ce9cc11fcd0

 

 

March 26 3 bombs detonated in #NasrCity, placed along convoy path of security chief.  #Egypt #dastardly http://www.thecairopost.com/news/143592/news/3-bombs-detonated-in-nasr-city-ahead-of-cairo-security-chiefs-visit

 

 

March 25 Two conscripts injured in drive-by shooting attack on Congolese embassy in Giza http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=b03ee85b-8dd7-4e97-807a-09dbb23c7dde

 

March 25 Five smuggling tunnels seized on Egypt’s eastern borders. http://www1.el-balad.com/1454573#sthash.kAM5absa.uxfs

 

March 25 Schoolgirl is killed by a bomb that exploded outside her school in Fayoum.   http://egyptianstreets.com/2015/03/25/school-girl-killed-in-bomb-explosion-while-playing-outside-her-elementary-school-in-egypt/

 

March 25 Saudi Arabia launched attacks on Yemen in coalition with other nations including Egypt. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/26/world/middleeast/al-anad-air-base-houthis-yemen.html?_r=0

 

 

March 24 Egypt’s Arab military force (to fight terrorism) has been referred to the Arab League Summit. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/126018.aspx

 

March 24 Third phase of evacuations from the buffer zone at Rafah begins; 3,000 have been evacuated so far. http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/rafah-buffer-zone-extend-1000-more-meters-egypt

 

March 24 2 soldiers killed by roadside bomb, and one conscript killed in drive-by shooting #Arish #Sinai #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/125982.aspx

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/24/us-egypt-violence-idUSKBN0MK0VN20150324

 

 

March 24 Officer and non commissioned officer were killed while on patrol in Shaykh Zuwayd http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/24/us-egypt-violence-idUSKBN0MK0VN20150324

 

 

 

March 23 – Suggests that South Sinai Bedouins are cooperating with the govt. against Ansar Bait al-Maqdis. (Also that north Sinai Bedouins are being punished or treated too strictly) http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/03/egypt-economy-conference-sinai-bedouin-security.html

 

March 23 43 suspected militants killed in operations in North Sinai in past week – military spokesman 82 were arrested http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=a2512306-0a11-449b-ad8c-2feb052fa144 

 

 

March 23 Armed group attacked police patrol & injured conscript in #Suez #Egypt http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/03/23/conscript-injured-in-suez-shooting/

 

 

March 23 2 bomb explosions destroyed front windows of KFC and Pizza Hut. Another hit police station in October city.

 

In south Qena, bomb exploded near court house in man who tried to plant it there.

 

Bomb explodes in judge’s home. Judge had just released former min of int. On walls were scribblings that said “wait for what’s to come’

 

Bomb exploded a few minutes ago in alHasri Square in October City. No injuries or deaths.

http://t.co/uqDwDTztqU

 

March 22 7 terrorists killed in al-Arish http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/7-suspected-terrorists-killed-arish-hotbeds-destroyed

 

March 22 Forensic medicine spokesman says El Sabbagh died of birdshot because she was too thin, no fat between heart & lungs – http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/125838.aspx

 

 

March 22 #Tanta court convicts 23 #MuslimBrotherhood members to life in prison. #Egypt #Ikhwan  http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=63485e52-7969-48d9-a4fa-88dd77a8cfa5

 

March 21 – A film about abduction by Bedouins of Eritreans trying to reach Israel through the Sinai was aired. Claim is that only a few hostages are held (are they?) now. http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/witness/2015/03/sound-torture-150318094959803.html?utm_content=buffer16f19&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

March 21 #Egypt‘s forces killed 10 militants in an aerial raid on deserted house in #ShaykhZuwayd #Sinai  http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=303fb78a-0fd7-4dea-bdbe-36591f48c070

 

March 21 Two killed while planting an explosive device in Sharqiyya http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=11744f4a-dc4b-4bf6-bcef-cecfcf12bc1c

 

March 20 Military source:  8 #AnsarBaytAlMaqdis members killed in North #Sinai campaign #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=df65d917-ce9f-4810-b9e0-dcc441e81a5a

 

 

March 20 Pro-#MB protest in Mataryia, Haram districts http://www.thecairopost.com/news/142592/news/pro-muslim-brotherhood-protest-in-mataryia-haram-districts … Molotov-cocktails, fire works + attacking citizens

 

 

March 19 28 militants killed & 6 arrested by #Egypt in northern #Sinai campaign.

 

March 18 A policeman was shot in Marsa Matrouh and then died of his wounds. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=170ad6e4-ef65-46e4-8ca0-55db674bf1b9

 

 

March 18 RT Explosion in TV broadcast tower in #Fayyoum #Egypt (lots of action there last few days) http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/egypt/2015/03/18/%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1-%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%81%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%AC-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A5%D8%B1%D8%B3%D8%A7%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%AA%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%81%D8%B2%D9%8A%D9%88%D9%86%D9%8A-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D9%8A%D9%88%D9%85.html

 

March 17 9 militants killed in North Sinai http://www2.el-balad.com/1439897#sthash.NgNXfGmc.uxfs

 

 

March 17 One bomb dismantled Monday evening in Fayoum, another had exploded behind the governor’s residence. http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/03/17/bomb-dismantled-another-explodes-in-fayoum/

March 17 Fayoum university students strike for a 7th day http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/03/17/fayoum-university-students-strike-continue-for-7th-day-2/

 

March 16 #WilayatSinai (#AnsarBaytMaqdis) claim to have taken a US M60 tank engine #Sinai #Egypt http://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/17/world/middleeast/egypt-militants-claim-ambush.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&_r=0

 

 

March 16 Suicide car bomb at #ShaykhZuwayd #Sinai – bomber only casualty #Egypt http://www.cairoportal.com/story/161999/%D8%B4%D9%87%D9%88%D8%AF–%D9%85%D9%82%D8%AA%D9%84-%D8%A7%D9%86%D8%AA%D8%AD%D8%A7%D8%B1%D9%8A-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%81%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A9-%D8%A3%D9%85%D8%A7%D9%85-%D9%85%D9%82%D8%B1-%D8%A3%D9%85%D9%86%D9%8A-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B4%D9%8A%D8%AE-%D8%B2%D9%88%D9%8A%D8%AF

 

March 16 #Bomb explodes behind the #Fayoum governor’s residence injuring one.  #Egypt http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/681238

 

 

March 16 33,385 Egyptians returned from Libya via the Salloum crossing in the last 30 days. http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/03/16/33385-egyptians-returned-from-libya-in-30-days-via-salloum-crossing/

 

March 16   Ministry of Interior personnel defused 6 explosive devices found in Zagazig http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/681137

 

March 15 Bomb explodes in Matariyya in Cairo killing a street cleaner. http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/egypt/2015/03/15/%D9%85%D9%82%D8%AA%D9%84-%D8%B9%D8%A7%D9%85%D9%84-%D9%86%D8%B8%D8%A7%D9%81%D8%A9-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%81%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D9%82%D9%86%D8%A8%D9%84%D8%A9-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%A7%D9%87%D8%B1%D8%A9.html

 

 

 

March 15 Egyptian army announces it has killed 45 militants in north Sinai during the second week of March. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=ef3be7c5-b808-4fb7-a469-72d44c904749

 

March 14 4 injured in a bomb blast outside an HCSB bank in Sidi Bishr, in Alexandria and another bomb was reported in Kom al-Dekka http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=710f82be-33c0-4a6d-afd2-8cab582d3a98

 

March 13 -14 Egypt’s Economic Development Conference was held in Sharm al-Shaykh and investors, loans, and aid have pledged or granted 72.5 billion $. (The uptick in violence around the country is thought to have been an effort to derail the conference or scare investors, with the addition of ‘economic terrorists’ to the other radicals and supporters of former Pres. Morsi) http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=30668622-9a3e-419d-b244-598cbc4f317a

 

March 13 ABM/State of Sinai released a vid. “Letter from the Land of Sinai” multipart lecture by single man – 3 cameras.

 

March 13 Attack by militants injures one Egyptian army officer and two other soldiers in al-Arish http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/12/us-egypt-violence-idUSKBN0M82W520150312

 

March 12 4 bomb explosions reported in Maadi – (Other source reported 5) . One near road 9 and a third near the UNICEF headquarters & near a movie theater.

 

 

March 12 3 army conscripts injured in armed attack in AlMahager checkpoint, South AlAreesh, Sinai. http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/678253

 

March 12 Wilayat Sinai (State of Sinai / Ansar Beit al-Maqdis) threated to fire 150 rockets at Israel (but apparently based on a months-old video) http://news.yahoo.com/photos/egyptian-isis-branch-threatens-rocket-photo-084616822.html

 

 

March 13 Bomb explodes in October city, no damages or injuries.

 

March 12 Over past 24 hrs, 10 high pressure electricity towers were destroyed due to sabotage in Sinai. Explosives placed at base of each tower.

 

 

March 11 Egyptian army kills 11 Islamist militants in aerial raids #Sinai: @AlArabiya_Eng correspondent and http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=0172951c-ab65-4972-b0dc-e9769d8236b6

 

March 11 Army officer killed in Rafah during an attack on a security checkpoint by armed assailants. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=05656352-575f-4338-8746-d55a228c0120

 

 

 

 

 

March 11 4 electricity pylons downed in Sharqiyya province in attacks english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/125038/Egypt/Politics-/Blasts-bring-down-electricity-pylons-in-Egypts-Sha.aspx

 

Mar 11 A policeman dismantled a bomb in Alexandria and people carried him on their shoulders. https://www.facebook.com/bothaina/posts/10155229827820618

 

Mar 11 Small bomb explodes, 2 dismantled outside court in #Heliopolis Tuesday; no injuries http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/124963.aspx … #CAiro #Egypt

 

Mar 10 A bomb has been allegedly found in front of #SakanatMaadi metro station

 

Mar 10 In one attack a suicide bomber killed a civilian and wounded 30 police in al-Arish and a second bomb killed an army officer and wounded 3 others

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/10/us-egypt-violence-idUSKBN0M60DK20150310?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

 

http://linkis.com/www.reuters.com/arti/0wsQC

 

 

 

March 10 Report on Terror in the Sinai by Dyer and Kessler http://henryjacksonsociety.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/HJS-Terror-in-the-Sinai-Report-Colour-Web.pdf

 

March 10 A 2nd explosion nr. #Heliopolis court (close to Pres. palace) #Egypt http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/676482

 

 

March 10 Explosion that hit the army barracks in al-Masa3eed also destroyed the TV/radio station building http://www.elfagr.org/1675311

 

March 10 A n officer killed, 3 soldiers injured south Elarish near the airport after an IED hit their vehicle. #Sinai

 

March 10   Two killed 4 injured in the apartment of bombmakers in Abou Zabal http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/124911/Egypt/Politics-/Two-killed-while-making-Molotov-cocktails-in-great.aspx

 

March 10 Fifty Fayoum University students are detained. Students Against the Coup held protests in response. http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/03/10/50-fayoum-university-students-arrested-student-groups/

 

 

March 9 Two banks were attacked in Alexandria with assailants armed with guns and Molotov cocktails. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/124821/Egypt/Politics-/Two-banks-attacked-in-Egypts-Alexandria.aspx

 

March 9 Egypt carried out airstrikes against #ISIS targets in Libya on Monday http://ow.ly/J95lz

 

 

March 9 Three conscripts killed in an explosion east of al-Arish in the Sinai, Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=ca741f7b-9bca-45e4-bc62-e1164395f42a

 

 

March 9 Security forces defused a bomb in Abasiyya. Another bomb was planted at hospital on al-Haram.

 

March 8 – 9 6 bombs in Alexandria – 1 at Alexandria National Bank, one at an elementary school in Alexandria. Another in Semouha neighborhood http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=0dd90912-c7fd-44d5-94e0-d01c10b325b7

 

 

 

March 8 First execution of a Muslim Brotherhood supporter – who threw boys off a roof in Alexandria (videotaped) during the post- 6/13 transition https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEUIguqHREg&feature=youtu.be

 

March 8 1 dead, 11 wounded in (another) series of bombings in #Alexandria #Egypt  http://bit.ly/1HjwJEJ

 

 

March 8 1 dead – 11 wounded in bombing in Alexandria http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/03/09/us-egypt-violence-idUSKBN0M40D820150309

 

 

 

March 7 A bomb exploded in front of a bank in Mahalla killing 2 and injuring 16 others. Five were arrested. http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/03/07/update-two-policemen-dead-16-injured-in-mahalla-explosion/

 

March 7 15 Ansar Beit Al Magdes terrorists killed in North Sinai during Egyptian army raids killing a total of 40 this week

 

March 3 2 more bombs hit several hours after a major blast in Cairo at the High Court http://www.modernghana.com/news/510791/1/bomb-blast-near-egypt-train-station.html

 

March 2 bombs explode in Aswan & Cairo (also in 6th of October) – 2 Killed, 14 Injured: According to the police report, the bomb detonat… http://bit.ly/1GHEh3S

 

March 2 #Egypt‘s military arrests 20 suspects al #Arish#Sinai #Egypt  http://www1.el-balad.com/1415787#sthash.oWsgymLZ.uxfs

 

March 2 Bomb destroyed 3 police cars in Zahra Maadi & two other explosions police stations in Heliopolis and Tagammou #Egyp

 

 

March 2 Revolutionary Retribution Movmt (linked to #Ikhwan) claims bombing High Court #Cairo killed 2 (or 1) injured 9-11 #Egypt http://www.tnnegypt.com/muslim-brotherhood-linked-group-claims-responsibility-for-high-court-bombing/ http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/124295.aspx

 

 

March 2 A bomb at Nozha police station in Heliopolis, Cairo. No casualties reported.

 

March 1 Today there were violent clashes btw pro-#Ikhwan students & Falcon security personnel at #Cairo University campus, #Egypt.

 

 

March 1 Two dead, 5 injured as bomb explodes outside a police station in #Aswan #Egypt http://www.madamasr.com/news/2-dead-5-injured-homemade-bomb-aswan

 

March 1 Egypt’s army says it killed 172 militants in the Sinai during the month of February http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2015/03/02/world/egypt-army-172-sinai-militants-killed-february/#.VPO9TrPF_e2

 

 

February 2015

 

Feb. 28   Four Muslim Brotherhood members sentenced to death, and life in prison for the Supreme Guide http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/124121.aspx

 

Feb 28. More than 25,000 Egyptians have returned back from Libya over the last 2 weeks. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/124110.aspx

 

 

Feb. 27 168 received a 2 year jail sentence for the violence at the US embassy in the protest against the film “The Innocence of Muhammad” http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/124130.aspx

 

 

 

 

Feb 27 Fifteen “extremists”killed, 4 others injured on Friday in security raid in #Egypt‘s #Sinai http://goo.gl/58yBI1

 

Feb 27 One woman was killed and two other civilians injured by the landing of a mortar shell on their home on the Egyptian side of Rafah in #Sinai

 

Feb 27 Militants attacked a military checkpoint from over a mosque after Friday prayers in western Rafah #Sinai via Muhamed Sabry

 

 

Feb 27 2 injured as police clash with pro-#Ikhwan marchers, Faisal St. #Giza #Egypt #MuslimBrotherhood  http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=b7d05060-dd9a-4ee4-8636-bb1f2ff721ef

 

Feb. 27 #Rafah tunnel collapse kills 1 #Egypt}ian army officer; injures another. #Sinai http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=441f2c6c-0454-4a49-8fd6-d9e1b13b8332

 

Feb 26 Bomb placed near a seniors’ home in Alexandria has been found and defused 3 hrs ago.

 

 

Feb. 26 Another bomb injures 6 outside a police station http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/123962.aspx

 

Feb. 26 1 killed & 3 injured in explosion outside fast food restaurant #Imbaba & 2 more explosions heard.  #Cairo #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=d99b152f-37ee-4773-bd10-2a02f06fa610

Feb 26 Reports of 3-4 simultaneous bomb explosions at branches of Telecom companies – Vodophone and 2 Etisalat stores.

 

Feb. 25 Article claims that 40 militants in the #Sinai killed. One Sinai watcher considers this an inflated number, so treat as unconfirmed. http://www.youm7.com/story/2015/2/25/استمرار-الحرب-على-الإرهاب-فى-سيناء-مقتل-40-إرهابيًا-وإصابة-1/2082693   But Reuters also reports: 18 militants killed & also 20 killed – separately – #Sinai today. This was http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/26/us-egypt-security-idUSKBN0LU07W20150226

 

 

 

Feb 25 Car bomb thwarted in the northern Sinai Peninsula. Troops on the international coastal road near Rafah opened fire on the vehicle.

 

Feb 25 Water company manager and mills manager both kidnapped in Sheikh Zoweid, Sinai. http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/664993

 

Feb. 25 7 #Sinai militants killed & 20 injured as Egypt’s military attack at  #ShaykhZuwayd and #Rafah http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=07904e5f-a362-4dcf-8def-b6f884f33d38

 

Feb 24 Militants #ShaykhZuwayd leaflet #Sinai residents, say #Egypt‘s army displacing people to ‘protect the Jews’ http://shar.es/1WdYs7

 

 

Feb 24 Military destroys 22 tunnels and confiscates 750 kgs of explosive in north ‪#Sinai.

 

‪#Egypt_Speaks

. ‪pic.twitter.com/lmzCfSRmjJ

 

Feb. 24 Egypt’s war on ISIS according to the Atlantic Council http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/egyptsource/egypt-s-war-on-isis-a-brief-history?utm_content=buffer7bfeb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Feb 24 A video was posted of Egyptians beheading a dog on al-Haram St. in Giza. Youtube removed the video. One version is: the dog’s owner had a dispute with 2 butchers & the dog bit one of the butchers & 8 others. Instant street justice – ppl wanted to kill the man and the dog, but killed the dog.

 

 

Feb. 23 Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis killed a Copt inside his shop in al-Arish. http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/669358#.VOr0mByuof4.facebook

 

Feb 23 169 NGOs affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood have been dissolved. http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/02/23/egypt-dissolves-169-muslim-brotherhood-affiliated-ngos/

 

Feb. 23   215 charged with being part of the Helwan Brigades who have killed 6 policeman & injured civilians – affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31576484

 

Feb 23 A video was posted showing Egyptian children enacting a fake beheading. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/egyptian-children-carry-out-isis-style-mock-beheading-chilling-video-1489141

 

Feb. 22 Pro-Morsi students continued their protests at different Egyptian universities. http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/morsy-loyalists-continue-protests-universities

 

Feb 22 Pres. Sisi called for an Arab coalition against ISIS. Also, in this speech he spoke of his knowledge of human rights abuses (in prisons) & that he will address them. He said 1.6 billion Egyptian pounds will be spent to develop the most needy villages & 600 million pounds to support street children. (This link merely discusses the military aspect of the speech)

http://cnn.it/1FnuMFL 

 

Feb. 22 Turkish-based former Muslim Brotherhood, Wagdi Ghoneim (also used to live in Orange county, California and in Ohio). Here he accuses Christians of treachery to Muslims. This is a response (of sorts) to the execution of Egyptian Copts in Libya. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r1KBi7_i4v0

 

Feb 21 2967 have returned to Egypt from Libya over the last 48 hours following the execution of Egyptian Copts by an ISIS-linked group. http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/2967-return-egypt-through-salloum-crossing-past-24-hours

 

Feb 21 A policeman was killed when unidentified assailants hit him with a car in Shaykh Zuwayd. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=acfbf94e-5c27-4221-a546-6b347c566058

 

Feb 20 A bomb exploded in Samaloot in Minya killing the would-be bombers. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/123483.aspx

 

Feb 20 A man was killed in clashes between security and pro-Ikhwan in Matariyya.

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/123516.aspx

 

Feb 20 Hamas accused the Egyptian media of a campaign of incitement concerning the presence of Palestinians in the militant attacks in the Sinai http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2015-02/21/c_134010264.htm

 

Feb 19 Hamas says one of its men, Mohamed Abu Matar, was killed during a ‘jihad mission’ in Rafah, Egypt (apparently while working in a smuggling tunnel).

 

Feb 19   Up to 1,770 have returned from Libya. Libya has been a lifeline for young men without employment opportunities. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/123451/Egypt/Politics-/Up-to-,-Egyptians-have-returned-from-Libya-Officia.aspx

 

Feb 19 1 policeman killed, 1 injured in drive-by shooting Suez #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/123405/Egypt/Politics-/Policeman-killed,-another-injured-in-Suez-attack.aspx

 

Feb. 18 President Sisi met with tribal leaders and visited military in the Western desert of Egypt in the wake of the recent bombings of Libya and securing of border areas http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/02/18/1873704

 

Feb 18 2 IEDs remotely detonated in Shaykh Zuwayd and Rafah. 552 Egyptians return to Egypt via Salloum from Libya http://www.thecairopost.com/news/137936/news/552-egyptians-return-from-libya-tunnels-destroyed-in-north-sinai

 

Feb 18 Apache attack/ helicopters bomb 3 sites in Southern Shaykh Zuwayd North #Sinai and kill 18-Beit Al Maqdis terrorists.”

 

Feb. 18 An IED reportedly was uncovered inside the Junior High school for girls in al-Arish in the northern ‪#Sinai Peninsula ‪#Egypt

 

Feb. 17 Two Egyptian soldiers injured in attack by militants on Almasora checkpoint west of  #Rafah and transferred to military hospital  Sinai

 

 

Feb. 17 Nine militants killed by Egyptian military in Sinai.   http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=dbf80e11-ea82-4582-b300-d1ab5f155f07

 

 

Feb 17 Pro-#Morsy/#Ikhwan at protests in #Egypt‘s universities in defiance of protest law.  http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/pro-morsy-students-fresh-protests-universities

Feb. 16 Egypt carried out air strikes on Libya’s militants – killing 64 – AJ claims 7 were civilians, denied by other sources.  Strikes were carried out along with Libyan air force.   Egypt also moved troops to its own borders. http://news.sky.com/story/1428223/egypt-bombs-libyan-targets-after-beheadings

 

 

Feb. 15 An Israeli man was arrested in Taba by Egyptian authorities with maps and videos of military facilities. http://www.thecairopost.com/news/137474/news/israeli-man-arrested-in-sinai-with-maps-videos-of-military-facilities

 

Feb. 15 Egyptian president calls for emergency UN meeting after ISIS video purporting to show execution of Coptic Christians http://abcn.ws/1vwK1qJ

 

Feb. 14 IED was dismantled next to #France‘s consulate in #Alexandria#Egypt –

 

Feb 14 #Egypt‘s PM Mehleb & Min. Def. & Min. Inter. reviewing troops in #Sinai today notes attack elsewhere (not in the north) Sinai #Egypt  http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=d88c8dfa-2c39-4110-81b7-2195c25f00bf

 

Feb 14 Bomb defused at a gas station in Damietta http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/662482

 

Feb 14 2 car bombs detonated in Shaykh Zuwayd injuring 2 in attack on police station. http://www.madamasr.com/news/car-bombs-target-north-sinai-police-station-injuring-2-security-personnel

 

Feb. 14 Libya’s parliament confirmed that the 21 abducted Egyptian Copts were killed in Libya by the ISIS-related group. (When released, this was disputed, but it was actually correct)

http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/02/14/libyan-parliament-confirms-death-21-kidnapped-coptic-egyptians/

 

 

Feb. 13 Eight militants killed in the Sinai. One was a member of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=495a0531-5aff-4d26-89f3-6794e8cb5b76

 

Feb 13 Militants (oops!) “Popular Resistance” put out a video showing the burning of #Faisal police station in #Suez #Egypt

 

 

Feb. 13 Docs shown on twitter re. contacts between Muslim Brotherhood & Zawahiri to dispatch fighters to the Sinai pic.twitter.com/TV1qard79w

 

 

Feb. 13 Officer dies in hospital after bomb exploded in Cairo this am. 8 others injured. Also air strikes in the Sinai. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/13/us-egypt-violence-idUSKBN0LH0W320150213

 

 

Feb 13 Eight suspected militants killed in raids on north #Sinai #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=495a0531-5aff-4d26-89f3-6794e8cb5b76

 

Feb. 12. Related post: ISIS sends out Dabiq Issue. 7 A manifesto: explaining actions re. killing of hostages etc. https://ia601506.us.archive.org/27/items/Dabiq7/Dabiq_7.pdf

 

 

Feb. 12 Unidentified militants torched a house of a civilian Christian in Elarish today at noon noon #Sinai Militants kidnapped a civilian in Sheikh Zuwaied today in the morning and released him later (source Muhammad Sabry)

 

 

Feb. 12 Article appears on the Jan. 19th interception by Israeli forces of a vessel bringing liquid fiberglass from Sinai to Hamas. http://www.idfblog.com/blog/2015/02/12/cleared-publication-three-hamas-affiliated-suspects-arrested-smuggling-attempt/

 

 

Feb. 12 Photos of Egyptian Copts captured by Islamist militants in Libya are shown. They’ve been dressed in orange execution jumpsuits and sign reads ‘in revenge for the Muslimaat (Muslim women persecuted, presumably in jail.) http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/02/12/1864615 and see http://bit.ly/libEgy Claim here that 21 Egyptian construction laborers were beheaded http://www.vetogate.com/1476080

 

Feb. 11 One killed in explosion near Edfo police station

http://www.albawabhnews.com/1109131

 

 

Feb. 10 In addition to 3 bombs which injured 10 in #Alex #Egypt, 2 others bombs and in Shaykh Zuwayd in the Sinai military air raids kill 15 militants.  http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/10/us-egypt-violence-idUSKBN0LE0WF20150210

 

Feb. 10 Four injured in an explosion on the fourth floor of a police station in #Montazah#Alexandria #Egypt: Al-Ahram

 

Feb. 9 State of Sinai just released a 14 minute video, Vol 4 “Documentation of the Crimes of the Alliance of Jews & the Apostate Army Against the People of #Sinai

 

Feb. 9 #Sinai resident kidnapped from home & shot dead for “cooperating w. security” #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=75d3f7c9-0ebe-4d38-aa38-7e276d83e984

 

Feb. 9 The Al-Arish pipeline in Sinai has been bombed for the 29th time according to @youm7

 

Feb. 8 Four Bedouin development communities created in North Sinai at a cost of 16 m. E.L. http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/02/08/4-bedouin-development-communities-created-north-sinai/

 

Feb. 8 20 killed (later reports – said 22 (UWK page) & 14 (state media)) 30 injured as Ultra WK fans clash with security in front of the Air Force Stadium. http://www.bustle.com/articles/63155-riot-at-egyptian-soccer-match-leaves-more-than-20-fans-dead-but-hints-at-a-deeper

Video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MdZRU4b2tg0

http://http://ow.ly/IJbWo

 

http://egyptianstreets.com/2015/02/08/fans-die-at-football-game-in-egypt/

 

Feb 8 Info. on upcoming elections #Egypt – clashes in Sohag & Gharbiyya (best to separate supporters?) http://www.madamasr.com/news/clashes-erupt-first-day-electoral-candidate-registration

 

Feb 8 Bombs planted in 3 Isma’illya schools. https://www.youm7.com/story/2015/2/8/%D8%A5%D8%AE%D9%84%D8%A7%D8%A1-3-%D9%85%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%B3-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%82%D9%86%D8%B7%D8%B1%D8%A9-%D9%81%D9%89-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A5%D8%B3%D9%85%D8%A7%D8%B9%D9%8A%D9%84%D9%8A%D8%A9-%D8%A8%D8%B9%D8%AF-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%AB%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-3-%D8%B9%D8%A8%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%AA/2058451#.VNestLDF_e1

 

Feb 7 3 bombs went off outside a KFC store in Helwan, no casualties

 

Feb 7 High ratio of “foreign fighters” captured in Sinai. Does this mean Palestinians? http://www.youm7.com/story/2015/2/7/مقتل-151-إرهابيا-بسيناء-بينهم-25-أجنبيا-خلال-3-أيام/2057765#.VNY2UeaUd_4

 

 

News Context of the Day: News stories on Al Jazeera Arabic & in MB linked sources that 3 leaks published fr. Sisi’s office (seems more than one person involved in these repeated efforts to shake confidence in Pres.) One involving transfers of funds; one criticizing the Gulf states who support Egypt. But Sisi not recorded in them, although they claimed he is.

 

Feb. 7 Some pro-Morsi on social media are endorsing attacks on companies like KFC & Mobinil. 1 KFC employee was burned alive when store was torched

 

Feb 6 Muslim Brotherhood officials (announced as government-in-exile) speak at UC Berkeley, CA.   Here’s what I heard: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1skgp2p

 

Feb 6   Two bombs went off inside a Saqqara police station, no casualties. ‪http://www.masrawy.com/News/News_Cases/details/2015/2/7/455376/-%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%81%D8%AC%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D9%82%D9%86%D8%A8%D9%84%D8%AA%D9%8A%D9%86-%D8%A8%D9%86%D9%82%D8%B7%D8%A9-%D8%B4%D8%B1%D8%B7%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%AB%D9%84%D8%AB-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D8%B3%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%B1%D8%A9 … ‪#Egypt ‪#Giza

 

Feb 6 New governors were announced. But north and south Sinai governors weren’t replaced. http://www.dostor.org/766550

 

Feb 6 A civilian shot dead by security forces at a Sinai security point at Shaykh Zuwayd http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=798ad156-53b2-458b-aab8-95ff5579d2b7

 

Feb 6 Egypt’s military kills 27 militants in the Sinai in large security operation http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=bae84df7-73a8-4570-b7cf-5cacc4878bb8

 

Feb 5 1 soldier killed, others injured as unknown assailants fire on their car in al-Arish http://www.youm7.com/story/2015/2/5/%D8%A7%D8%B3%D8%AA%D8%B4%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%AF-%D9%85%D8%AC%D9%86%D8%AF-%D9%88%D8%A5%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%A9-%D8%A2%D8%AE%D8%B1-%D8%A8%D8%B1%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%B5-%D8%A5%D8%B1%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%A8%D9%8A%D9%8A%D9%86-%D9%81%D9%89-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%B4/2054663#.VNVBN7DF_e1

Feb 5 Three small bombs exploded in 6th of October city. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=7daa930a-63eb-4b8e-83ad-3cc098b37be9

 

Feb 5 Bomb explodes in Sidi Gaber, Alexandria near a military installation. Reports of 2 injured.

 

Feb. 4 Pres. #Sisi made surprise visit to N. #Sinai today w. Min. Def. & Chief of Staff #Egypt  http://www.thecairopost.com/news/136103/news/sisi-makes-surprise-visit-to-north-sinai

 

Feb 4 Critique by AlMonitor correspondant on Egypt’s Sinai campaign. Writes that 10 attacks took place by “State of Sinai” on 1/29 http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2015/02/egypt-sinai-wilaya-attacks-army.html?utm_source=Al-Monitor+Newsletter+%5BEnglish%5D&utm_campaign=654f8c1564-February_4_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_28264b27a0-654f8c1564-93117853#

 

 

Feb. 4 Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis commander says Egypt’s army is gaining ground in the Sinai.   http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0L80XM20150204?irpc=932

 

 

Feb. 3 The Muslim Brotherhood (calling themselves the government-in-exile) are touring the US, speaking with congresspersons and slated to appear at UC Berkeley http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=31993

Feb. 3 Man killed in bomb blast in Alexandria, hours after two devices discovered at Cairo airport: ‪http://reut.rs/1zb2gag 

 

Feb 3 Small bomb goes off in Tal’at Harb square (near Tahrir) in Cairo http://www.mfs-theothernews.com/2015/02/home-made-bomb-explodes-in-downtown.html

 

Feb. 3 An IED (improvised explosive device) went off after a military convoy passed through Rafah. No injuries. Another device was found south of al-Arish. http://allafrica.com/stories/201502031818.html?utm_medium=twitter

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