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

Sherifa Zuhur: Egypt: Log of Violence Jan 2014 – Feb 3, 2015 – Sinai, Muslim Brotherhood, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis and more

3 Feb

Each day, I read claims in the media and social media that terrorism in Egypt is a) being exaggerated by the Egyptian ‘deep state’ or its supporters or b) that Egyptian militants in the Sinai, demonstrators on the mainland guilty of violence, or that saboteurs (planting bombs) are being unfairly pursued or charged because they are simply supporters of the ‘peaceful’ Muslim Brotherhood. Waves of violence began in August of 2013 and have not ceased, although the army and security forces are making inroads in the Sinai and are able to successfully defuse many of the bombs and devices planted in other parts of Egypt.   It is essential to understand that this violence is not a random outreach effort of ISIS – it is a deliberate strategy by Ansar Morsi, whether these are members of radical organizations like the State of Sinai/Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, or disgruntled supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwan) and its now illegal political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party.   The Ikhwan have branches in 68 countries, their secret internal structure has survived numerous Egyptian governments, and their alliance with militants who are far less “moderate” should not surprise anyone familiar with the organization and its ultimate goals.

 

Also those who have studied the acts of terrorism (otherwise portrayed as political resistance) in Iraq will note similarities between the AQ organizations which developed there, the larger political struggle and the specific techniques of the Sinai-based groups.

To conclude now (as an article at Carnegie MEC – http://carnegie-mec.org/2015/01/30/has-egyptian-president-sisi-s-approach-in-sinai-failed/i10r – one of the co-authors is not particularly familiar with Egypt and one wonders what is Carnegie’s intention in posting this)

or other US institutes which have rather consistently called for the inclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood) that the Sinai campaign has ‘failed’ – is shortsighted.   Such analysis also fails to perceive the connections between the Sinai violence – aimed to bring down the government or show its inefficacy and the other incidents of violence in Egypt connected to political opposition.

I am not writing this to support violations of anyone’s civil rights. The use of torture and violence in apprehension of suspects is anathema and counterproductive. The protest law in Egypt is another subject. Peaceful protest should be permitted, but there can be no reason to support violent actions in such protests. Above all it is important to see the volatility of the situation over last year and that the campaign against terrorism in the Sinai and outside it is necessary.

 

Many assert that military responses to counterterrorism will fail. In history, they have both failed and succeeded.  But they cannot achieve aims against terrorists without a full-out commitment as in all forms of warfare. The Sinai cannot be abandoned or permitted to be a training ground for terrorists who will soon operate elsewhere. Those who objected to the razing of a buffer area in Rafah, should note the vast number of tunnels discovered there and multiple operations by terrorists there.  Objections that Egypt “owes” Hamas the weapons or supplies that could be funneled to it fly in the face of current political realities, not least, Hamas’ relationship with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood. Further, the government of Mohamed Morsi tried a ‘soft approach’ in the Sinai which resulted in attacks on Egypt’s military and the growth of the currently active groups. In fact, the presence of radical Islamists dates back to the Mubarak era, when attacks were launched against tourists and resulted in a severe crackdown on those locals thought to be accessories or hosts to these groups. Even at that time, the origins of these al-Qa’ida-linked groups and their weapons was a matter of dispute. Yes, the development of the Sinai is an essential aspect of countering terrorism there, and Egypt’s president recently committed funds to that purpose. Yes, the bedouin have been discriminated against and tribal loyalties have been manipulated by foes of the state. But the sheer number of incidents shows that the ‘developmental approach’ proposed (but never enacted) by Morsi’s government failed and that the current hostilities are linked, at least in part, to his supporters.

 

Here is a LOG of Related Incidents

 

It is not a complete list; has more incidents logged than the Atlantic Council’s Egypt Source (which is politically critical of Egypt but also relies on open sources).

 

Dr. Sherifa Zuhur, Institute of Middle Eastern, Islamic and Strategic Studies

 

February 2015

 

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

 

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

 

Feb. 2 A claim (by @muhamedsabry) that the gas pipeline to Jordan was bombed again.

 

Feb. 2 Here the idea is that ISIS (and ABM in the Sinai) are illustrating weakness now rather than strength in the recent attacks.  http://www.conflict-news.com/week-massive-isis-attacks-sign-weakness-not-strength/

 

Feb. 2 Some perspectives from ISW & others on the Sinai campaign http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2015/Feb-03/286196-sinai-attacks-underscore-uphill-battle.ashx

 

Feb 2 Bomb experts diffuse bomb in Abdel Monem Riyad Square in #Cairo. #Egypt

 

January 2015

 

Jan 31 Egyptian Interior Ministry employee killed: shot in the head in his home in al-Arish. This individual was a Christian. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/01/31/Egyptian-interior-ministry-employee-killed-in-Sinai.html

 

 

Jan 31 President Sisi’s speech on the Sinai campaign in which he alludes to the Muslim Brotherhood, the “strongest secret organization” in the world. https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=608937159237270&pnref=story

 

Jan 31 At least 6 conscripts were injured when Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis attacked 3 checkponts in Rafah. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=6734058e-473f-4aaf-a4d2-762ef071a6b6

 

Jan 31 The Monib police station was set afire by Muslim Brotherhood supporters (yes, David Kirkpatrick) in the Giza governate. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=1a2b7085-c009-4248-95a8-90130aa1264c

 

Jan 30 An Egyptian court banned the al-Qassam brigades, Hamas’ military wing and listed it as a terrorist organization. Hamas’ spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Hamas “rejects” the decision. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/31/us-egypt-hamas-idUSKBN0L40BS20150131

 

Jan 30 New Sinai clashes kill 2 children http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/egypt-officials-new-sinai-clashes-kill-two-children

 

Jan 30 Pro-Muslim Brotherhood demonstration in Maadi – photos on Ikhwanweb.

 

Jan 30 Egypt’s president Sisi cut short his trip to Ethiopia after the deadly coordinated attacks in the Sinai & army launches a new offensive. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31052064?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_breaking&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=news_central

 

Jan 29 Death toll of at least 30 as Sinai militants used car bombs and mortars in the #Sinai http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/29/egypt-army-police-sinai-el-arish-sheikh-zuwayed-rafah

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0L22J920150130?irpc=932

 

 

Jan 29 The Wahington Post editors once again critique Egypt’s government for “repression.” No acknowledgement of the attack by 100 militants on Egypt’s forces in the Sinai, and no mention of the many violent incidents in Egypt on 1/25, but the killing of a protester Shaima al-Sabagh (now being investigated by the Egyptian govt.) is. They use the article also to criticize Obama, for supporting the Sisi government . http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-us-is-complacent-as-egypt-repeats-its-history-of-repression/2015/01/29/d07fe6fc-a716-11e4-a2b2-776095f393b2_story.html

 

Jan 29 2 injured as 6 bombs went off in #Sharqiyya#Egypt #MB http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/121556/Egypt/Politics-/Series-of-explosions-in-Nile-Delta-leave–injured.aspx

 

Jan 28 9 injured in an explosion in Qalubiyya at a checkpoint.

 

Jan 28 The U.S. State Dept. hosted a meeting with Muslim Brotherhood officials (not just MB-aligned as the article states) and the same group spoke at an event at DC’s National Press club hosted by CSID. Jan Psaki, (WH) claimed the meeting was sponsored by Georgetown University (?) http://freebeacon.com/national-security/muslim-brotherhood-leaders-hosted-at-state-department/

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/csid-events-in-washington-dc?utm_source=REMINDER+%22The+Path+Forward+for+Restoring+Democracy+in+Egypt%22&utm_campaign=Panel+%22The+Path+Forward+in+Egypt%22+-+January+27%2C+2015&utm_medium=email

 

Jan 27 An IED was thrown at a checkpoint in Qalubiyya and in Fayyoum, an IED exploded near a court building http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/121458/Egypt/Politics-/Bombings-in-Upper-Egypt-and-Nile-Delta.aspx

 

Jan 27 516 allegedly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood were arrested in violent incidents commemorating https://sg.news.yahoo.com/516-arrested-egypt-anniversary-unrest-minister-165204741.html

 

Jan 27 – The Muslim Brotherhood’s online Arabic site called on their members to launch jihad in an overt manner and with many historical references.  http://ikhwanonline.com/Article.aspx?ArtID=220195&SecID=211

 

Jan 27 Pro-#Morsi Popular Resistance group in #Giza claims responsibility for torching #KFC in Haram via @Zeinobia. Video: http://bit.ly/15QdHJr

 

Jan 27 Four men were carrying a bomb in Alexandria when it detonated. One was killed & 2 severely injured. Also sound bombs went off Monday (1/26) night and a tramway carriage was burned in clashes between protesters and police. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/121429.aspx

 

 

Jan 26 6 explosive devices found and dismantled near Church of Virgin Mary in Fayyoum.

http://www.youm7.com/story/2015/1/26/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%AB%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-6-%D8%B9%D8%A8%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%81%D8%A9-%D8%A8%D8%AC%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D9%83%D9%86%D9%8A%D8%B3%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%AF%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%B0%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D9%8A%D9%88%D9%85/2041726#.VMaudWTF_e0

 

Jan 26 Attempt to break into police station in Sharqiya foiled, aggressors arrested http://bit.ly/1xZCBgF

 

Jan 26 Two bombs found in City Stars mall in Nasr City, at main entrance and entrance 7, according to @ONewsAgency #Egypt

 

Jan 26 Ansar Bayt alMaqdis releases video of their murder of Ayman El-Dessouki earlier this month, linking them to cause of Ansar Morsi by showing protesters first. http://english.ahramorg.eg/News/121404.aspex

 

Jan. 25 A car bomb exploded in front of a church in #Port Said.  #Egypt

 

Jan 25 Pro #MB small org just announced it burnt a post office servicing a crowded Cairo neighborhood

 

Jan 25 North #Sinai curfew extended by 3 months.  #Egypt http://www.madamasr.com/news/north-sinai-curfew-extended-3-months

 

Jan 25   @Masrawy‘s reporter, Alaa Ahmed, got shot while covering Matareya clashes. http://www.masrawy.com/News/News_Egypt/details/2015/1/25/437330/%D8%A5%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%A9-%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%84-%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%8A-%D8%A8%D8%B7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%AE%D8%B1%D8%B7%D9%88%D8%B4-%D8%A3%D8%AB%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D8%A7%D8%B4%D8%AA%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%83%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B7%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A9  #Egypt #Jan25

 

 

Jan 25 4 Copts killed including a child in 1/25 proMB/anti’coup’ violence #Egypt http://www.mcndirect.com/showsubject_ar.aspx?id=59220#.VMVWTpmaotw.facebook

 

Jan 25, IkhwanWeb, the Muslim Brotherhood’s English language site, normally more understated than its Arabic site, issued a call to avenge every drop of blood in its AntiCoup efforts: http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=31981

 

Jan 25 Bomb at Cairo-Alex railway track & also bomb near Shams club in Alf Maskan, two officers injured.

http://m.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/639323

 

 

Jan. 25 Protesters set Haram district building on fire which authorities controlled. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=98e85b56-c6c9-4b7f-b563-66fb7bc01bb6 … #Egypt #مصر

 

Jan. 25 Detonating a bomb today in New Maadi. #Egypt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WK52cW-R8E …

 

Jan. 25 2 policemen were killed on the Ring Road in ‪#Cairo near Moneeb after gunmen in a car attacked. ‪#Egypt via ‪@TheCairoPost

 

Jan. 24   Shaima Sabbagh was part of a protest by the Socialist Popular Party which came into Tahrir to lay wreaths for the 1/15/11 fallen, and she was shot (disputes about whether by buckshot or birdshot) Eyewitnesses who reported were then questioned by authorities. 2 others wounded & 7 arrested. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/shaima-al-sabbagh-heartbreaking-picture-shows-5039047

 

 

Jan 24 Demolition of areas in the http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/01/24/demolition-rafah-continues-2nd-phase-gaza-buffer-zone/

Sinai buffer zone continues into phase 2.

 

Jan 21 Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis pledged to continue attacks on the army http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=a409223c-0141-4576-b826-f9719227b42e

 

Jan 20 4 militants killed near Shaykh Zuwayd and Arish. Also 2 conscripts and an officer were injured in the explosion of roadside bomb near Shaykh Zuwayd http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/01/21/4-militants-killed-north-sinai-armed-forces/

 

Jan 19   Sinai terrorists claim they have attacked an oil pipeline to Jordan http://news.yahoo.com/egypt-jihadists-claim-attack-sinai-pipeline-jordan-205846613.html

 

Jan 13 The policeman who was kidnapped near #Rafah has been found dead. #Sinai #Egypt http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/army-missing-policeman-found-killed-egypt-s-sinai

 

http://www.madamasr.com/news/militants-killed-aftermath-kidnapped-soldiers-death-military

 

Five more bodies found today in the Sinai (seven were found yesterday) http://www.youm7.com/story/2015/1/13/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%AB%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-5-%D8%AC%D8%AB%D8%AB-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%B4-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B4%D9%8A%D8%AE-%D8%B2%D9%88%D9%8A%D8%AF-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%A2%D8%AB%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A5%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D8%B7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%A7/2025679#.VLV6E2TF_e1

 

Jan 12

 

Report and photos of alleged IS militants (ABM affiliated with ISIS) giving money to someone whose home was destroyed in the Sinai. #IS in #Sinai #Egypt distributing financial help to inhabitant for their “destroyed home”. There is money round now.

#Police arrests assailants accused of drive-by shooting in #Giza – News – #Aswat_Masriya http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=73ae6326-6092-4f23-870b-8a94b4033cd1 … #Egypt #مصر

 

Jan. 11 An explosion rocked #Maadi earlier today #Egypt

 

Jan 11 Egyptian officer kidnapped by militants in the Sinai.   http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/120045.aspx

 

Jan 11 Two more headless bodies found in Shaykh Zuwayd in the Sinai, presumably victims of the militants. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/01/10/Two-headless-bodies-found-in-Egypt-s-Sinai-.html

 

Jan 10 @TheBigPharaoh: Reports that a bomb is currently being defused near the Jewish synagogue in downtown Cairo.

 

 

Jan 10 Conscript wounded near #Arish – shooter unidentified #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=4d722202-9992-4add-a7ee-26a84c0ede40

 

Jan 9 Christian families in the #Sinai dwindle from 650 to 200 because of attacks by Islamic terrorists. fikraforum.org/?p=6205&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=*Mideast%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20Middle%20East%20Daily_1.9.15

 

 

Jan 9 Security called to check for explosives in prime minister’s car http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/119884.aspx

 

Jan 6 Egypt’s army has killed 14 terrorists in raids in the Sinai between Saturday and Monday (yesterday) http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=46c85aed-bf33-4434-9894-36110264d4e7

 

Jan 6 Two bodies found; thought to be shot by militants, one south of Arish and one south of Rafah. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=ec14188a-dc00-45ee-b1b4-5065bd182ef0

 

 

Jan 6 Two policeman guarding a church on the eve of Coptic Christmas were shot by masked gunmen http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/01/06/Two-Egyptian-police-shot-dead-outside-Coptic-Church.html

http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/01/06/1802889

 

Jan. 5 Thirteen Copts were released in Libya and Libyan government said it will facilitate their return to Egypt. Claims they were not kidnapped by Islamic militants but by traffickers (smugglers). However, the other 7 Copts are not accounted for. http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/01/05/kidnapped-copts-libya-released-libyan-official/

 

Jan 5 Two arrested for making explosives (and 3 others being investigated) in a plastics factory in #Sharqiyya http://www.thecairopost.com/news/132283/news/5-arrested-for-manufacturing-explosives-in-sharqia

 

Jan 5 Egyptian police officer detained after killing two men on motorbikes at a checkpoint in Suez   http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/119562.aspx

http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=4211b621-5711-4c72-a9d7-1f0bed5204b3

 

Jan 5 Alleged State of ‪#Sinai twitter acct claims responsibility for IED that killed an Egyptian soldier yesterday.

 

Jan. 5 One policeman killed and 3 civilians injured after an attack by unknown assailants at a checkpoint in Mohandessin, Cairo   http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/119509/Egypt/Politics-/-policemen-injured,-civilian-killed-in-checkpoint-.aspx

 

Jan. 4 An American woman was found dead in Mahalla in the province of Gharbiyya http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/01/04/american-woman-reported-dead-gharbeya/

Jan. 4   ‪Egypt‘s Foreign Minister meets Bishop of Tanta about the kidnapped Christians in Libya; office in touch with local authorities & the Libyan government to secure their lives.

 

Jan 4 A soldier was killed disabling explosive devices in Shaykh Zuwayd and two officers and a soldier were injured. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=fa689957-c1c8-4d25-b7a3-708e8b3471f3

 

Jan 3 Thirteen Coptic workers kidnapped in Libya, allegedly by Ansar al-Shariah (see later posts) That is in addition to 7 others kidnapped last week.

http://www.tnnegypt.com/13-egyptian-coptic-workers-kidnapped-in-libya/

 

Jan 3 Palestinian boy shot by Egypt’s border guards trying to enter Sinai illegally and 3 Palestinians arrested also attempting to enter illegally. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/119382.aspx

http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=83b53012-dc2a-4ec6-a94f-8d4c7cc6f924

 

 

Jan 2   ‪#Giza ‪#Egypt – 2 bombs defused outside cinema & shopping mall. Bombs had nails, sulfur, gnpwdr + a SIM card remotely. ‪http://ow.ly/GHzkJ 

 

Jan 2 Second bomb found near Cairo Mall on al-Haram St.

http://almogaz.com/news/crime/2015/01/02/1797146

 

Jan 2 A security checkpoint was attacked with an RPG west of Rafah in the Sinai. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=aeec2539-94a9-44c6-9592-36c77640662d

 

Jan. 2 A bomb exploded as a police car passed by in Alexandria http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/01/02/1797100

 

Jan 2 Pro-Morsi demonstrations blocked the road near the Cairo Mall and demonstrators burned a police car. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/01/02/1797104

 

Jan 1 President Sisi called for religious freedom. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/01/02/1796665

http://azzasedky.typepad.com/egypt/2015/01/blog-egypts-president-al-sisi-calls-for-religious-revolution-in-islam.html

 

 

Dec. 31 Army has killed 13 terrorists in raids in the #Sinai from Sat. to Wed. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=6a0a6c6b-a06f-4026-9bc5-d958b2bca17b

 

Dec 30 16 new tunnels from Gaza to Sinai were discovered this week #Egypt https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=592586524205667

 

 

Dec. 30 4 bombs defused near Marqosiyya Church and the court of appeals in Beni Suwayf http://en.sectarianattacks.com/attacks/190-4-bombs-defused-near-beni-suef-church-courthouse

 

Dec 29 North Sinai governor says the buffer zone will increase to 5 km. (was originally 500 meters) http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/12/29/north-sinai-governor-says-gaza-buffer-zone-increase-5km/

 

 

Dec. 26 Roadside bomb kills 2 soldiers in ‪#Egypt‘s Sinai ‪http://bit.ly/1CUYQIn 

 

Dec 25 Egypt’s army plans to build an international airport in the mid-Sinai. http://www.youm7.com/story/2014/12/25/الهيئة-الهندسية–بدأنا-دراسات-لإنشاء-مطار-دولى-فى-وسط-سيناء-/2002793#.VJv7KsDA

 

Dec. 24 Jihadists release video of executions http://bit.ly/1AYsnzm

 

Dec. 19 Egypt’s government says 2 bombings foiled, 9 ABM terrorists killed in North ‪#Sinai | ‪http://ow.ly/G9Nr3 

 

Dec. 18 9 terrorists killed, and 12 arrested in Sinai raid according to authorities. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=b715e66f-daa4-4b76-abb4-ff21786ffc08

 

Dec. 17 Egypt’s army has killed 17 militants in the last 3 days in the Sinai http://www.middleeasteye.net/news/egypt-army-kills-17-sinai-last-3-days-1623495944

 

Dec. 17 40 students in #Egypt‘s police academy dismissed for fighting in clashes pro-#Morsi or had #Ikhwan relatives. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/118148/Egypt/Politics-/-students-expelled-from-Egypts-police-academy-over.aspx

 

Dec. 16 ‪#Egypt|ian court rejects lawsuit filed against ‪#Ikhwan to confiscate their money to rebuild what they burnt over the past yr. http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/egypt/2014/12/16/حكم-يرفض-تحميل-الإخوان-قيمة-إحراقهم-للمنشأت-العامة-.html

 

Dec. 14 Three detained, 2 w. British citizenship for allegedly discussing sabotage at Metro #Egypt http://dunyanews.tv/index.php/en/World/250025-Egypt-detains-3-accused-of-discussing-sabotage

 

Dec. 14 Claims that support for Islamic State is growing from the tough Sinai campaign. (True that IS flags spotted at demos) http://carnegieendowment.org/sada/2014/12/05/sinai-campaign-boon-to-isis/hw1v

 

 

Dec. 14 Two policemen killed in drive-by shooting in #Sinai #Egypt http://news.yahoo.com/egypt-policeman-killed-sinai-drive-shooting-104746153.html?soc_src=mediacontentstory&soc_trk=tw

 

Dec. 12 Mosque preacher/ Rafah: People of West Bank are people of security coordination [with Israel]; don’t belong to Prophet Mohammed’s followers.

‪http://fb.me/1K9FHPKO3 

 

Dec. 11 12 militants killed and 70 arrested by #Egypt‘s military in the #Sinai http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/117702/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-army-kills-a-dozen-militants-amid-ongoing-S.aspx

 

Dec. 10 ‪#Egypt ‪#MOI says 15 “Brotherhood” students arrested in ‪#Minya after they attacked campus security (AR) ‪#MB ‪https://www.facebook.com/MoiEgy/photos/a.181676241876047.36036.181662475210757/821346844575647/?type=1 …

 

Dec 10 The UK embassy suspended services on Sunday due to security concerns and was still not open and not saying much more (Wednesday) and the Canadian embassy also closed. (Other reports referred to Australian embassy issuing warnings regarding ISIS attacks; the US embassy had a heightened alert due to the release of the report on torture by the CIA under George Bush.   http://www.madamasr.com/news/embassies-remain-tight-lipped-amid-heightened-security http://www.worldtribune.com/2014/12/09/western-embassies-close-egypt-amid-isil-terror-threats/

 

 

Dec. 9 Pres. Sisi reduced nighttime curfew hours in the Sinai – now 7 pm. to 6 am. Instead of 5 pm. to 7 am. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=3a985add-274a-410e-a20d-4fcf243d5df9

 

Dec 9 Another IED explodes in #Abbasiyya, #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/117554/Egypt/Politics-/Bomb-goes-off-in-Cairos-Abbasiya.aspx

 

Dec 8 Delta-bound trains stop in Egypt for suspicion of bomb on board.

 

Dec. 7 Hamas’ Abu Marzouk has called for a committee to examine Egypt’s claims of interference in its affairs. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/117367.aspx

 

Dec. 7 4 Muslim Brotherhood leaders have received death sentences which were referred to the Grand Mufti (he must approve all death sentences. These may be appealed. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/117365.aspx

 

Dec 7 The UK embassy in Cairo closed (temporarily) due to security concerns http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/07/us-egypt-britain-embassy-idUSKBN0JL0C820141207?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

 

Dec. 6 Police conscript injured in the face when IED went off in Rafah. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/117333.aspx

 

Dec. 6 Khairat al-Shater’s son-in-law Ahmed Tharwat Abd al-Hamid was arrested in Cairo after he arrived from Qatar http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/117313/Egypt/Politics-/ElShaters-soninlaw-arrested-in-Cairo-on-arrival-fr.aspx

 

Dec. 6 Morsi’s defense team (which claims criminals or bedouin let Morsi and other Ikhwan leaders out of jail along with 11,000 prisoners in 2011) – has added the alleged SCAF leaks to evidence. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=3488431f-4e9f-4f2f-b64c-5c341818c14b

 

Dec. 6 Seven jihadists, including Adel Habara were sentenced to death for the killing of 25 policemen in the Sinai in August of 2013 near the border. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/06/us-egypt-sentence-idUSKBN0JK0AJ20141206

 

Dec. 5 Two militants killed as security forces were conducting a raid on suspected terrorist hideout in northern ‪#Sinai ‪http://www.tnnegypt.com

 

Dec 5 Around 50 protesters today on a square near Tahrir in ‪#Cairo, ‪#Egypt were demonstrate against the government. They left a bomb, police defused it before explosion.

 

Dec. 5 Yusuf al-Qaradawi has been listed by Interpol as “wanted” by the Egyptian government http://www.interpol.int/notice/search/wanted/2014-58772

 

Dec 4 Two men who were kidnapped by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis were found dead north of Shaykh Zuwayd, in the Sinai today. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=b5082dce-b60e-44fd-a445-61842db05612

 

Dec. 4 Egypt will try those responsible for killing Shiites in Egypt on June 23rd 2013 in a mob attack in Abu Mussalam. Some have blamed salafi anti-Shi`I propaganda for that attack which took place under Pres. Morsi’s rule

http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Dec-04/279902-egypt-to-try-31-people-over-2013-murders-of-shiites.ashx#.VICQVYZlpRc.twitter

 

Dec. 4 Second phase of Rafah borderline evacuation starts

‪http://ow.ly/FlNH5

 

Dec. 4 A police officer was injured in his face & the rest of his body while attempting to defuse a bomb, that went off around Ain-Shams University today. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=e63a1854-f8cd-41af-8529-cff158cd96da

 

Dec. 4 An officer and conscript were injured at the Behaira checkpoint. http://www.egynews.net/إصابة-ضابط-ومجند-في-اقتحام-كمين-بالبحي/

 

Dec. 4 Attackers broke into Suez Canal authority building #Ismaillya – 1 of them killed, 1 injured #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=a7839ace-099b-423a-8976-10d35c952979

 

Dec. 3 82 additional Sinai-Gaza tunnels have been found in the last week. http://www.debka.com/newsupdate/9833/

 

Dec. 2 Reported today that back on Nov. 12th, terrorists had taken over an Egyptian missile vessal and planned to attacks Israeli targets in the Mediterranean sea. Another boat gave chase, 8 were killed (reported missing at the time) http://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-thwarts-islamic-state-linked-bid-to-hit-israeli-targets-at-sea/

 

 

Dec. 2 The bodies of 6 Shaykh Zuwayd residents were found – they had been shot. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=f174679e-2050-4b30-802c-43158ae7884a

 

Dec. 2 Ikhwan and pro-Morsi killed 11 policemen in ‪#Kerdasa & mutilated their bodies in 8/2013. Today the court gave death sentences for 185 persons charged. ‪http://youtu.be/5ZuLa9RJs0o

 

Dec. 1 Badie received a three year sentence for insulting the court. http://cairoinformer.com/39542/badie-handed-3-year-sentence-for-insulting-judiciary/

 

Dec. 1 On the Mubarak acquittal, a possible appeal and the issues of non-accountability by other officials. https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/commentaryanalysis/564476-unreadable-egypt

 

Dec. 1 Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis takes credit for killing Apache Corp. American employee William Henderson. He was reported dead back in August.   http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/12/01/Egypt-militant-group-claims-killing-of-U-S-oil-worker-in-Sinai.html

 

November 2014

 

Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 Students in various universities and others are protesting against the Mubarak verdict. Police used tear gas to disperse some of them.

‪http://bbc.in/1vzgVZM 

 

Zeinobia (summary) Some of the media stated those protesting were Islamists or anti-coup, however some are 6th of April youth, Strong Egypt and the Constitution party. (Reminder: the Muslim Brotherhood politicians had, during its tenure, rejected the trials of killings of the revolutionaries and only now calls for trials of Mubarak and Sisi).

Nov. 30 Students at #Alexandria University protest verdict excusing Mubarak & against ‘military rule’ #Egypt http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cO5F5xT8hI&feature=youtu.be

 

 

Nov. 30 Ikhwan students destroy administrative offices of Zagazig University, Egypt http://www.youm7.com/story/2014/11/30/موجز-المحافظات-طلاب-الإخوان-يحطمون-المبنى-الإدارى-بجامعة-الز/1972677#.VHsz2jHF_dc

 

 

Nov. 29 State of ‪#Sinai – new name of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis claimed responsibility for Cairo, Qalyubia and Arish attacks. The mainland attacks were carried out by affiliated Martyr Abu Obayda al-Masry Platoon (Abu Obayda al-Masry was ABM’s Mohamed al-Sayed Mansour al-Toukhy: behind Jan 24 Cairo bombing, gunned down in Jisr al-Suez on Mar 11)

 

Nov. 29 Muslim Brotherhood joined in the anti-Mubarak verdict protests and violence began http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/116777/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-interior-ministry-says-Brotherhood-infiltra.aspx

 

Nov. 29 Protests at Tahrir began against the verdict which overturned cases against Hosni Mubarak for the death of protesters.

 

Nov. 28 224 arrested – Egypt’s interior ministry says it has foiled a plan to wreak havoc in Egypt

 

Nov. 28 Egypt’s security has captured Abdullah Shehata, the Ikhwan’s top economic official, #Morsi’s IMF point man   http://m.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/587229

 

Nov. 28 March in Matariyya dispersed and one man is killed.

 

Nov. 28 Small Islamist rallies were held in Kafr al-Sheikh, Bahaira Alexandria and Minya. Shops of Copts were vandalized in Malawi. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/116669.aspx

 

Nov. 28 4 dead so far (the incident below and above) as Salafists protest in Egypt

 

Nov. 28 Unknown gunmen shoot and kill a general and wound two others in Jisr al-Suez http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/11/28/1747901

 

Nov. 27 Three bodies of bedouin found shot in the head south of al-#Arish http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=a657cfd9-7cbf-4612-a1fa-90306e6af13b

 

 

Nov. 27 #AjnadMisr promises more attacks in #Egypt.  Large claims what was a very small group.  http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/116602.aspx

 

Nov. 27 4 days of civil disobedience & strikes in al-Qusair & Ras Ghurayb over plan to divide #RedSea governorate http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/116617/Egypt/Politics-/Civil-disobedience-in–Red-Sea-cities-over-plans-t.aspx

 

Nov. 26 Unidentified men shot a police officer in #Fayyoum on Wednesday. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/116549/Egypt/Politics-/Police-officer-shot-dead-in-Egypts-Fayoum.aspx

 

Nov. 26 The Egyptian government opened the border crossing at Rafah which has been closed for one month. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/116521/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-opens-Gaza-crossing-after-monthlong-closure.aspx

 

Nov. 26 Gunmen killed 3 police traveling in a pickup truck in al-Arish. ttp://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/116523/Egypt/Politics-/Gunmen-kill–Egyptian-police-in-Sinai.aspx

 

Nov. 25 Egyptian forces killed 5 members of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis and injured 4 others south of Shaykh Zuwayd . The attacks were carried out by Apache aircraft. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/116446/Egypt/Politics-/-Ansar-Beit-AlMaqdis-members-killed-in-North-Sinai.aspx

 

Nov 25   Prosecutor-general charges 13 from Tanta w. forming a terrorist cell linked to ISIS http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/116435.aspx

 

Nov. 25 A bomb exploded near a school in Hada’ek alQubba Cairo, and there were no injuries. http://almogaz.com/news/crime/2014/11/25/1743572

 

Nov. 24 Ikhwan back Salafist protests for Friday’s Islamic Identity event (but Nour Party do not) http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/116247.aspx

 

Nov. 23 Min. of Interior announces that a body found at a bombing site in al Wasta in Beni Suwayf (the bomb went off Saturday night) was that of a Muslim Brotherhood member, Mohamed Abdul Moneim http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/116269.aspx

 

Nov. 22 #Egypt‘s army discovered 7 more tunnel openings in #Rafah #Egypt #Sinai #Gaza http://www.el-balad.com/1257373

 

Nov. 22 Sharqiya trains stopped because of an explosion on the tracks in Bilbis.

http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=73ffee8a-00e4-4cda-a11d-7937b857a3c2

 

Nov. 22 7 militants were killed in Shaykh Zuwayd and al-Arish – The military killed 2 on Friday night in Shaykh Zuwayd who were planting explosives. 20 arrested Arish & 11 in Shaykh Zuwayd http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=b74d86fe-997c-4e08-a0df-a94ffe1045af

 

Nov. 22 Bomb explodes in front of alNur Mosque in Matariya. No injuries.

 

Nov. 21 Nov 21 Al Azhar condemned the carrying of the Quran in protests (as is to occur on Nov. 28th) http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/116080.aspx

 

Nov 21 Pro-#Morsi protester in #Matariyah  chant for #ISIS and raised its flag yesterday: http://youtu.be/Hg1k47N4lDU

 

Nov. 21 The Muslim Brotherhood says it made mistakes without specifying what they are and calls for unity http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=31901

 

Nov. 21 Arrests after antigovt. #Ikhwan protests in several cities. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=89022385-a667-479f-9c65-f32ec4748c6d

 

Nov. 20 Mohammad Ali #Bishr, #Ikhwan leader  detained for 15 days, charged with spying & belonging to #MuslimBrothers    #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/116047.aspx

 

Nov. 20 Eleven members of the Muslim Brotherhood from Kafr al-Sheikh were referred to military prosecutors in Alexandria for questioning about interrupting railway tracks (6 of them) and planting a sound bomb in a court (5 of them) http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=bc61ce0c-7787-4d89-966a-b8e36acce772

 

Nov. 20 #AjnadMisr claims responsibility for attack today near #Helwan University #Egypt http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/11/_ajnad_misr_or_the.php#ixzz3JeTJTju0

 

Nov. 19 Dispersal and arrests of protesters commemorating Mohammed Mahmoud clashes today in #Cairo #Egypt http://aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=e0360787-632b-406d-b170-963e5a0e5476

 

Nov. 19 34 protesters in Alexandria were detained also celebrating the Mohammed Mahmoud clashes. Mahienour and 3 others including her lawyer were arrested briefly, then released.

 

Nov. 19 Egypt arrests #Syrian-returnee militant of al #Furqan & also 38 in #Gharbiya http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/115938.aspx

 

Nov. 18 Reports about a) 10 killed in a “drone strike” in ‪#Sinai (but there are no drones, therefore this may have been an AT-802) & b) mortar hitting 7 civilians, members of a bedouin family & 3 militants killed by the army ‪#Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/115878.aspx

 

Nov. 17 26 #MuslimBrotherhood arrested for violent actions including attempted murder of #Sisi supporter http://m.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/574388

 

Nov. 17 #Egypt may expand evacuation buffer zone fr. 500 to 1000 meters after discovering tunnel more than 800 meters long http://m.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/574555

 

Nov. 16 Raid on Sharqiyya farm, killing 1 #AnsarBaytMaqdis shows that these militants are on the mainland (not only in #Sinai) #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=d77689c6-6a03-46a7-b249-31fb79cd20b8

 

Nov. 16 #Egypt’s Army spoxmn: 3 killed in northern #Sinai & 23 others arrested, also in other governorates http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=63061ce5-72c7-4a31-890a-20c23daf08fe

 

Nov. 16 5 #Azhar students referred to military tribunal for arson #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=b2b0b939-ac3b-44b6-98ea-75efbcf63442

 

Nov. 15 Dead body of a man in his 30s shot in the head was discovered in the desert near al-Arish http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/11/15/Sinai-residents-discover-dead-body-dumped-in-desert-.html

 

Nov. 15 The families of fisherman in Damietta (accused by security of being the attackers on Egypt’s naval ship and arms smugglers) proclaim their innocence, ask Sisi for release   http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/11/14/1727974

 

Nov. 15 #Egyptian military’s video on the Sinai campaign

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-nD-HbLcfg&feature=youtu.be

 

Nov. 13 – Attack on ship is part of full-fledged war on Egypt. Arms could have been for Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/115474/Egypt/Politics-/Fullfledged-war-across-Egypt-as-navy-attacked-for-.aspx

 

Nov 13    2 police offcrs & 3 soldiers killed N/ ‪#Sinai & bomb in underground Zeytoon station injures 16 ‪#Egypthttp://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/egypt/2014/11/13/انفجار-بمترو-أنفاق-القاهرة-واصابة-4-أشخاص.html

 

Nov. 13 Prosecution refers 12 alleged IS members to terrorism court in Egypt http://www.tnnegypt.com/prosecution-refers-12-alleged-islamic-state-members-to-terrorism-court/

 

Nov 13 #Egypt‘s army has captured #AnsarBaytMaqdis  Shura Council member, Radwan Ghanim Hassan https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=567622850035368

 

Nov. 13 ISIS leader Baghdadi announces and congratulates those joining ISIS in Egypt (and Yemen, KSA, Libya, Algeria https://ia801509.us.archive.org/6/items/kalimah_201411/english.pdf

 

Nov. 13 More on the maritime attack on Egypt’s vessel http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/596141

 

Nov. 12 Protests in Giza and clashes w. police. Atlantic Council’s Egypt blog reports this as “police invaded the village of Nahya” where Islamists were protesting. An April 6 youth member was shot. (showing alliance of Apr. 6 youth and Islamist protesters) https://www.facebook.com/shabab6april/posts/10153309392978294

 

 

Nov 12 Gunmen in boats opened fire on #Egypt‘s naval vessel in #Mediterranean & 8 servicemen missing http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/11/12/Egypt-navy-site-attacked-north-of-the-country-reports-of-casualties.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

http://news.yahoo.com/terror-attack-egypt-naval-vessel-leaves-8-servicemen-230421503.html;_ylt=AwrBJSBC6WNUZHkAPg7QtDMD

 

Nov. 12 Gunmen kidnap son of Egyptian officer on his way to school in 6 October ‪http://bit.ly/1EtVXxl 

 

Nov 12 Primitive bomb on a public bus was defused in Jisr al-Suez http://almogaz.com/news/crime/2014/11/12/1724929

 

Nov. 11 bomb in Bani Suwayf & 2 other bombs are defused near city council building http://www.madamasr.com/news/explosion-rocks-beni-suef-2-other-bombs-discovered-nearby

 

Nov. 11 Min. of Interior says it will block protests planned by the Salafist Front on November 28 english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/115274/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-warns-Salafists-over-planned-protests.aspx

 

Nov. 11 Min. of Education spxman: 200 #Ikhwan (#MuslimBrotherhood) teachers to be fired due to their affiliation. #Egypt http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/569568

 

Nov. 9 #Egypt‘s military kills 4 militants south of Shaykh Zuwayd  #Sinai http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=056a4397-14ac-4cd3-85fd-51a50e4de4c2

 

Nov. 9 For the third time, a twitter account with recording claims Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has pledged to #ISIS Experts thought the two previous claims were false. #Sinai #Egypt http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/11/egyptian_jihadists_p.php http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/egyptian-militants-pledge-allegiance-to-is-group/2014/11/10/1a193e08-68a6-11e4-bafd-6598192a448d_story.html?postshare=9471415716392304

Recording is here: http://shamikh1.info/vb/

 

Nov. 9 Al Azhar university to reopen dormitories which were involved in many protests of last year. They had been closed up to now & will house 30% fewer students this year. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/115139/Egypt/Politics-/Egpyts-AlAzhar-University-to-reopen-dorms-this-wee.aspx

 

Nov. 8 60 yr. old man dual US-Egyptian citizen who has taught in international schools was arrested for threats against US international schools http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/115072/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-arrests-suspect-over-hthreats-to-American-sch.aspx

 

 

Nov. 8 Internat’l #MuslimBrotherhood sent funds to zakat committees to fund violence in #Egypt‘s universities http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=559ede84-514a-4a1b-9184-e7fb03c6cb4b

 

Nov. 8 New #jihadi|ist group threaten #Egypt‘s military http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/11/07/1717947

 

Nov. 7 3 killed & 8 wounded in incidents in different parts of Egypt – northeast Cairo, Fayoum and Isma’iliyya today.  http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=261c48b8-06f6-4f75-be48-95efe7f7d71c

 

Nov. 7 3 injured as bomb goes off near the Qubba presidential palace http://www.ahram.org.eg/News/41359/38/336485/حوادث/إصابة-٣-أشخاص-فى-انفجار-قنبلة-بجوار-قصر-القبة.aspx

 

Nov. 6 Bodies of 4 slain civilians found north of al-#Arish #Sinai #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/114946/Egypt/Politics-/Four-civilians-found-dead-in-northern-Sinai-Source.aspx

 

Nov. 5 A storage place found in an apartment containing large amounts of explosives. Apartment owned by 2 Ikhwan Azhar students

 

Nov. 5 Police intervene to break up clashes between Ikhwan students and Falcon security guards at Zagazig University.

 

Nov. 5 About one hr. after the Menufiyya bombing, a bomb went off in a Cairo Metro station injuring three. http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-11-06/bomb-on-train-kills-two-in-egypt/5871412

 

 

Nov. 5 A bomb killed 2 policemen and three others on a train in #Menufiyya #Egypt 15 injured injured today.  http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=f77135e8-39c5-4a8a-9975-d46f41f88fe0

 

Nov. 4 Tribal (bedouin) leaders ask Egypt’s government (visiting as a commission) for a new city for the displaced, a raise in compensation for the evacuation, ambulances and more http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/114748.aspx

 

Nov. 4 Bedouin group called Sons of Sinai declares war on Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis

http://www.tnnegypt.com/bedouin-group-calling-itself-sons-of-sinai-declares-war-on-ansar-beit-al-maqdis/

 

Nov. 4 Egypt’s army kills 2 Ansar Bait al-Maqdis fighters http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/114711/Egypt/Politics-/Army-says-two-Ansar-Bayt-AlMaqdis-leaders-killed-i.aspx

 

 

Nov. 3 More than 50 judges were suspended on Nov. 2 for signing a pro-Morsi statement in July 2013.   http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/114554/Egypt/Politics-/More-Egyptian-judges-suspended-for-proMorsi-accusa.aspx

 

Nov. 3 The Army kills 3 militants in raids in Rafah and Shaykh Zuwayd, arrested 15 more, & seized weapons. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/114602/Egypt/Politics-/Army-kills–suspected-militants-as-Sisi-dispatches.aspx

 

Nov. 3 al-Azhar in Kafr al-Shaykh suspends preacher & professor Mahmoud Shaaban, for comments on #ISIS #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/114629/Egypt/Politics-/AlAzhar-suspends-controversial-preacher-Mahmoud-Sh.aspx

 

 

Nov. 3 An explosive device went off near where the Egyptian army was demolishing homes in Rafah, near the border. #Egypt #Sinai http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/blast-targets-troops-egypt-gaza-border-26649547

 

Nov. 2 Army foils a bomb attack in the Sinai (one report said containing a quarter of a ton of explosives) https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=373536336154517

Another report says there were 2 bomb: http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/589346

 

 

Nov. 2 Imams to be punished if tunnels found under their mosques #Sinai #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=28a91c1a-e711-4f86-a2a1-277a5f2c2064

 

Nov. 1 Homemade bomb goes off under Ghamra bridge in Cairo as garbage collectors inspected it and were injured. http://www.madamasr.com/news/3-injured-ghamra-bombing

 

Nov. 1 Yasser Ali, spokesman for former President Mohammad Morsi was sentenced to six months in prison for assisting the flight of Hisham Qandil from prosecution. However, Ali has already served six months in detention. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=fbc66ae4-e51c-4396-a41d-60c4a258efa6

 

 

Nov. 1 A cell of militants who traveled from Turkey to Syria for training & returned to Egypt were arrested in Damiett,a Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=50bf1898-3a57-4aa6-977e-afde4c2c1726

 

October 2014

 

Oct. 31 #AnsarBaytMaqdis‘ propaganda video on its campaign in #Sinai (1st bombing scene is from #Iraq and spliced in #Egypt \

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eluD89hh0Rg&feature=youtu.be

 

Oct. 31 Eight masked men on motorcycles threw Molotov cocktails at the Faysal police station in Giza http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/114398.aspx

 

 

Oct. 31 Reports of an IED exploding on/nr #Arish airport road in North #Sinai leaving 6 soldiers seriously wounded

http://www.youm7.com/story/2014/10/31/ننشر_أسماء6_مصابين_فى_انفجار_مدرعة_جنوب_العريش_بينهم_ضابطان/1931018#.VFQdNig0x6k

That injury count was expanded to 7 – two officers and 5 soldiers

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/114435.aspx

 

Oct. 31 Curfew now operating in north Sinai from 5 pm to 7 am.

 

Oct 31 Some support for ISIS growing among salafists in Egypt, even as al-Azhar denounces the organization. http://www.france24.com/en/20141031-focus-egypt-support-islamic-state-group-jihad-syria-sinai-iraq-repression-islamists/

 

Oct. 31 #Ikhwan demonstrate in  #Kafr ElDawwar, chanting #Morsi to return victorious #Egypt http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/559499

 

Oct. 30 Former intelligence officer is sentenced to one year in prison for revealing secrets “damaging to national security” http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/114250.aspx

 

Oct. 30 #Egypt bans pro-Morsi (pro-#MB) pressure group.  http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/30/Egypt-bans-pro-Mursi-pressure-group.html

 

Oct. 29 In the evacuation zone a canal will be dug to prevent tunnels from the ‪#Gaza side to Sinai.  ‪#Egypt ‪http://www.masrawy.com/News/News_Regions/details/2014/10/28/376471/الجيش-يطالب-سكان-الشريط-الحدودي-برفح-بالإخلاء-الفوري-خلال-48-ساعة

Oct. 29 First group evacuated ‪#Sinai/‪#Gaza border area – 880 homes to be evacuated. Have been promised compensation. ‪#Egypt http://www.haaretz.com/news/middle-east/1.623407

 

Oct. 29 Protesters at Al-Azhar Universities in Assiut shot fireworks & pelted police forces with rocks on Wednesday.- Egypt

 

Oct. 29 Female protesters outside of al-Azhar university demanding that a dormitory be opened were dispersed by police. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=2ffb330f-8cd3-46cf-970c-3d1f469a5257

 

 

Oct. 29 President al-Sisi called for prompt compensation of Northern Sinai evacuees http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/114286.aspx

 

Oct. 29 6 homemade bombs dismantled at Mansoura University – 80 students f/ Al-Azhar Uni blocked a main road http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/114195/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-police-arrests–students-amid-clashes,-army-.aspx

 

Oct. 28 Two bombs go off in Sharqia, no causalities – News –‪http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=e1b85c9c-d81f-4f2a-832e-f56730c196ff … ‪#Egypt ‪#Aswat_Masriya ‫#

 

Oct. 28 Four women seriously injured in #Rafah explosion (not many details) #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=33b36076-2d86-4405-91c1-bd9683d31d3e

 

Oct. 28. Despite the misleading article title (& analysis!) people damaging certain public property will be tried in military court (under terrorism clauses of the Constitution) http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/oct/28/egypt-civilian-infrastructure-army-jurisdiction-miltary-court

 

Oct. 28 IED dismantled outside a private school in #Giza #Egypt today http://allafrica.com/stories/201410281379.html?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

Oct. 28 #Jihadists urge attacks against American schools and teachers, specifying #Maadi & #Jeddah. #Egypt #SaudiArabia http://www.cairoscene.com/ViewArticle.aspx?AId=44406-Jihadists-Threaten-Maadi-Expat-School-Teachers

 

Oct 27 IED explosions at power station 10th of Ramadan #Egypt http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/585529

 

Oct. 27 #Egypt‘s army killed 8 militants, including 1 involved in Friday’s large attack in the #Sinai http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=facc472c-5e24-40ea-b74e-a7ae3b57127e

 

Oct. 26 Buffer zone of (only) 1.5 – 3 km to be created between Gaza #Sinai #Egypt http://www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/middle-east/48504-141024-car-bomb-kills-at-least-10-soldiers-in-egypt-s-sinai

 

Oct. 26 Five year sentence for Muslim Brotherhood supporters for rioting in January http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=80f54633-3864-4a61-9b72-214533e504a5

 

Oct. 26 Security forces ‘stormed’ (moved into) Al Azhar University’s women’s college to control demonstrations http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/584379

 

Oct. 26 #Egypt‘s airstrikes kill 5 militants and wound 8 in the northern #Sinai http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/113976.aspx

 

Oct. 25 Unidentified persons set fire to municipal garage & vehicles in #KafrAlDawwar (where woman gave birth on the street last wk. after being turned away from a hospital) #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/113901.aspx

 

Oct. 25 1 child killed & 6 injured in clashes in #Matariyya  #Egypt  http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/10/25/child-dead-6-injured-matariya-clashes/

 

Oct. 24 Gunmen killed a policeman in Sharqiyya. Have been a spate of such killings. http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/10/25/policeman-killed-sharqeya/

 

Oct 24 At about midnight the CSF police camp near Al-Arish international airport was attacked by missiles and dozens of conscripts were injured.

 

Oct. 24 Twenty-eight (25 at the time the story was written) army conscripts killed & 25 wounded in the car bombing at checkpoint #Sinai #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/113857.aspx

Ansar Bait al-Maqdis is suspected of the bombing: http://egyptianstreets.com/2014/10/24/explosion-kills-25-soldiers-in-egypts-sinai/

 

Oct. 24 In an attack in Arish (separate from the car-bombing), 3 Egyptian security troops were killed when men opened fire on them. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/24/us-egypt-sinai-shooting-idUSKCN0ID1WX20141024

 

 

Oct. 24 One child was killed when someone in civilian clothes shot at a pro-Morsi march in Ain al-Shams. His sister was reportedly arrested at the morgue.

 

Oct. 24 Masked men hurl Molotovs at 2 cars of #SaudiArabia‘s embassy in #Suez, setting them afire. #Egypt #MB http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/24/us-egypt-saudi-idUSKCN0ID16E20141024

 

Oct. 23

‪#Cairo court May bombing suspect arrested in Arish in North ‪#Sinai http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=97a1caef-e7e3-4a97-b225-8f04debd8b37

 

 

Oct. 23 A member of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis arrested as he withdraws 42,000 LE by the Bank Misr’s security in Arish http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=709bd907-32d2-4636-8493-6ca952c787b9

 

Oct. 23 Ajnad Masr claimed responsibility for the Cairo University bombing (despite other efforts foiled.) http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/582074

 

Oct. 23 Soldier (a driver) killed, and another injured in an armed attack on their checkpost in Minya. http://www.youm7.com/story/2014/10/22/موجز_المحافظات__استشهاد_شرطى_وإصابة_آخر_فى_هجوم_على_كمين_بال/1917931#.VEkitChOhPd

 

Oct. 23 Minister of Interior says plans for several huge explosions inside of Cairo University were discovered and foiled. http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/553310

 

Oct. 22 Twenty-five members of the so-called Nasr City cell – members of the Gama’at Jihadiyya were sentenced, 12 of them receiving life in prison for planning terror attacks after the ’11 revolution. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/113682.aspx

 

Oct. 22 Gunmen opened fire on #IDF patrol near #Egypt‘s border this afternoon, wounding two. http://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-soldiers-come-under-fire-on-egypt-border/

 

Oct. 22 Explosion near #Cairo University has injured 10 (reports that a woman had to have her leg amputated & a man, his arm) #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=a6eabded-6a1f-4ff9-aa54-e69b83194dd9

It followed clashes at the university between Muslim Brotherhood students and police & the MB blocked the entrance, shot off fireworks and burned tires. http://www.mobtada.com/news_details.php?ID=246922&إصابة-8-فى-انفجار-قنبلة-أمام-جامعة-القاهرة-#.VEgEBChOhPd

 

Oct. 22 Homemade bomb in Tanta wounded 2 citizens who were riding in a Tok Tok at the entrance of Kafr al-Zayat city when the bomb went off.‪#Egypt

 

Oct. 22 An unknown gunmen in a pick-up truck opened fire at a police checkpoint in Minya, ‪#Egypt, killed one policeman, wounded another via TNN

 

Oct. 21 5 masked gunmen drove to Mobinil in ‪#Helwan, broke in, fired in the air, then set fire to it & drove off

http://www.masrawy.com/News/News_Cases/details/2014/10/22/371977/مصدر-أمني-5-مسلحين-وراء-اقتحام-فرع-موبينيل-وحرقه-بحلوان

 

Oct. 21 ‪#Sinai-based militant group Ajnad Masr announced revenge against authorities 4 on Oct14 at faculty of engineering, Alexandria Uni ‪#Egypt

 

Oct. 20 Female students’ protest dispersed at al #Azhar & small #Islamist protests at #Cairo University #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/113531.aspx

 

Oct. 19 Roadside bomb explodes killing 7 (two officers, five regular troops) wounding 6 in ‪#Egypt|ian army vehicle. http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/roadside-bomb-kills-egypts-sinai-peninsula-26303633

 

Oct. 18 Someone threw 10 molotov cocktails off a bus near Kasr al-Aini #Cairo #Egypt http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/579471

 

Oct. 18 Clashes between allegedly Ikhwan students and police/security in several universities: Dakahliya, Tanta, Cairo University’s medical school. 29 arrested. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=a2be68fa-108c-4ff2-9c58-641563711adc

 

Oct. 18 #Egypt‘s security forces arrest 52 in 8 terrorist cells, impounding weapons, explosives & money http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=cc1e202c-e92a-4141-9637-afc4cef9ea2f

 

Oct. 18 2 dead, 2 injured and 2 still missing as #Egypt|ian army destroyed tunnel at al-Barahma nr. #Rafah #Sinai #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/113375.aspx

 

Oct. 17 Report on attacks on Copts from 2013 – 2014 has been published. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5rfCEjP5e6YVXMzZmdXOXdHaG8/edit

 

Oct 17 #Egypt arrests commander of #AnsarBaytAlMaqdis  #Sinai http://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Report-Egypt-arrests-commander-of-Sinai-jihadist-group-379095

 

Oct. 17 RPG attacks kill two policeman in Egypt’s #Sinai according to state TV ttp://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=be038622-1860-49ec-aac5-24c2b80f1a6b

 

Oct. 16 bombs in Tanta leave 18 injured and 3 dead http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/113276/Egypt/Politics-/-injured-in-Egypts-Nile-Delta-Tanta-city-explosion.aspx

 

Oct. 16 Policeman and restaurant worker injured when 2 sound bombs went off near a Sufi shrine http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=963a5ff8-463f-44b6-a350-c9b6d1273511

 

Oct. 14 Homemade bomb explodes nr. Supreme Court injuring 12 – would have been much worse in the day hours #Egypt http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/10/14/us-egypt-blast-idUSKCN0I32SV20141014?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

 

Oct. 14 Two policemen wounded in Alexandria University clashes, 37 arrested – News – ‪#Aswat_Masriya ‪http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=55f29a6c-1654-414f-8b45-792821d4e0af … ‪#Egypt ‫# http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=55f29a6c-1654-414f-8b45-792821d4e0af

 

Oct. 14 Bomb explodes near al-Arish International Airport following targeting of gas pipeline to Jordan in Egypt.

 

Oct. 14 Qaradawi says IS’s Baghdadi is a former Muslim Brotherhood member

http://www.tnnegypt.com/egypt/qaradawi-islamic-state-leader-baghdadi-former-member-muslim-brotherhood/

 

Oct. 14 Egyptian army kills second Ansar Bait al-Maqdis leader, ‪http://ow.ly/CFQDf 

 

Oct. 13 Police will be stationed inside university campuses after clashes with private security company Falcon ends with retreats and destruction of the company’s (and university) property.   http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/10/13/police-forces-secure-university-campuses-interior-ministry/

 

Oct. 12 Three more bodies found in al-Arish http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=26902c1f-8984-4468-a199-7e34a502651a

 

 

Oct. 11 Egypt’s forces kill top jihadist in Sinai ‪http://f24.my/1EELWAb 

 

Oct. 11 78 students arrested after university protests as the universities open for the year. Many belong to Students Against the Coup http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/112877.aspx

 

 

Oct. 10 Egypt’s army has killed 21 terrorists in an operation from Oct. 3 – Oct 10 http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=af12677e-0ef6-4f1e-a35a-a56a6cfaf22a

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/0/112750/Egypt/0/Egypt-says-almost-two-dozen-militants-killed-in-ra.aspx

 

 

Oct. 8 ‪#Egypt‘s army forces captured & reportedly destroyed a weapons cache belonging to ‪#AnsarBaytAlMaqdis today. ‪http://www.el-balad.com/1182246 

 

Oct. 8 Security forces claim that they have killed a top leader, Abu Usama al-Masri of the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/572233

 

Oct 7 Egyptian army kills 16 militants in the north Sinai http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=86518837-9b63-4366-b583-0ee63e0bf8a3

 

Oct 7 Bomb explodes inside #Cairo courtroom. 2 police detained for negligence #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/112527.aspx

 

Oct 7 Egyptian army kills 16 militants in the north Sinai http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=86518837-9b63-4366-b583-0ee63e0bf8a3

 

Oct 7 Bomb explodes inside #Cairo courtroom. 2 police detained for negligence #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/112527.aspx

 

 

Oct. 6 Egypt’s security forces arrest 4 who were recruiting for ISIS http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/10/06/Egypt-arrests-militant-cell-recruiting-for-Syria-.html

 

Oct. 6 Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis airs video showing the 5 civilian captives (3 reported as beheaded yesterday) #Sinai #Egypt http://thecairopost.com/news/126502/news/abm-kills-two-more-captives-in-new-video Also see: http://www.mei.edu/content/news/egypt-jihadist-group-releases-video-beheadings?utm_content=buffer547f3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Oct. 6 Boy killed in North ‪#Sinai blast – News – ‪#Aswat_Masriya ‪http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=bbc000cb-33a1-4ce3-b0eb-aeec888f8b34 …

 

 

Oct. 5 Security is close to hunting down the commander of the Ajnad Misr (supposedly based in Giza & Cairo) in Upper Egypt http://www.shorouknews.com/mobile/news/view.aspx?cdate=04102014&id=17706e03-5e83-4e3f-9d87-a2c1bf865150

 

Oct. 5 RT #AnsarBaytMaqdis kills 2 for spying for #Israel & 1 for spying for #Egypt‘s army. #Sinai http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/10/05/1674357

 

Oct.4 Youm7: ‪#Egypt forces doing all they can to keep Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis from holding ‪#Eid gathering in ‪#Sinai ‪http://bit.ly/1vkRZn5 

 

Oct. 2 Ikhwan march in Alexandria to restore Morsi

 

Oct. 2 Anonymous gunmen abduct Sufi leader in Shaykh Zuwaid (Sinai) Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=f13ea1ac-94cd-44c6-93a5-10d3f62b6e92

 

Oct 2. Woman injured at bombing in front of the criminal investigation building in Mahalla http://t.co/n5xXwnEuF5

 

Oct. 2 top jihadi operative killed in the Sinai – from Ansar Beit al-Maqdis http://www.timesofisrael.com/egypt-army-kills-top-jihadi-operative-in-sinai/

 

Oct. 2 Bomb found under a car parked near the Shubra al-Khaima police station http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/10/03/1672124

 

Oct. 2 Bomb explodes near water/harbor police station in Gharbiyya http://tahrirnews.com/أخبار-مصر/انفجار-قنبلة-بجوار-قسم-شرطة-المسطحات-ا/

 

Oct. 2 Explosion in Gharbiyya governorate building injures civilians who were transferred to hospital http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/536925

Also a device explodes near the judges club in Maadi

 

Oct. 2 bomb explosion in Mahalla al-Kubra injures a child http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/536943

 

Oct. 2 bomb explodes at an electricity tower in Salheya, Sharqiyya http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/570059

 

Oct. 2 Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis leader threatens the Egyptian ministry of the interior during the Eid, saying “you will be slaughtered like sheep.” http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/569711

 

Oct. 2 401 prisoners pardoned for Eid & 145 were pardoned conditionally

 

Oct. 2 Bomb planted near railway tracks makes trains stop near agricultural road of Qalyubiyya – not lethal, but planted to create havoc http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/570215

 

Oct. 2 Clashes in Bahaira between police and Ikhwan http://elbadil.com/2014/10/02/اشتباكات-بين-الأمن-وأنصار-الإخوان-في-ح/

 

 

Oct. 1 Situation of the Copts in northern Sinai http://elbadil.com/2014/10/01/أقباط-شمال-سيناء-بين-الخطف-والذبح-وال/

 

Oct. 1 Police found bombs in the Metro stations which had no explosives but had electric connections http://www.youm7.com/story/2014/10/1/شرطة_النقل__العثور_على_3_قنابل_وهمية_بمحطات_الخط_الأول_للمتر/1889528

 

Oct. 1 Two bombs explode near a hospital in Kafr Zayat http://www.youm7.com/story/2014/10/1/انفجار_قنبلة_ثانية_بجوار_مستشفى_كفر_الزيات/1888941

September 2014

 

Sept. 29   The Church takes an allegedly kidnapped Coptic woman (Samalot) to a monastery until things calm down (in the wake of Min. of Interior claiming she converted & she had called him a liar ) http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/568172

 

Sept. 29 Judge orders release on bail of 21 Ikhwan members in Aswan who had been accused of participating in Rabaa violence http://www.shorouknews.com/news/view.aspx?cdate=29092014&id=8fca994e-cdbb-40cc-8151-120d902205a6

 

Sept. 27 A primitive bomb on railway tracks of Banha-Zagazig http://almogaz.com/news/crime/2014/09/27/1664988

 

Sept. 27 The allegedly kidnapped Coptic woman in Samalot saying the Min. of Interior is a liar – that she is still a Christian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em9wUHQXcdM

 

Sept. 27 A bomb placed under small bridge in Qalubiyya was defused http://almogaz.com/news/crime/2014/09/27/1664832

 

 

Sept. 26 Clash between Ikhwan and non-Ikhwan in Fayyoum and one man shot and wounded http://www.youm7.com/story/2014/9/26/إصابة_مواطن_بطلق_خرطوش_فى_اشتباكات_عناصر_الإخوان_والأهالى_با/1882147#.VDF-qChOj7Q

 

Sept. 26 Ikhwan clash with the police in Matariyya and clashes also in Helwan

 

Sept. 25 Bomb explodes near military tanks in Sheikh Zuwayd http://www.shorouknews.com/news/view.aspx?cdate=25092014&id=6249dcf6-315d-49a8-9cff-1519edc9c697

 

 

Sept. 23 RT Another bomb on the highway btw #ShaykhZuwayd and #AlArish #Sinai http://www.youm7.com/story/2014/9/23/انفجار_عبوة_ناسفة_على_طريق_العريش__الشيخ_زويد_دون_خسائر_بشري/1877867

 

Sept. 22 1 person was killed in Nahya during clashes between police and pro-Morsi.

 

Sept. 23 RT Another bomb on the highway btw #ShaykhZuwayd and #AlArish #Sinai http://www.youm7.com/story/2014/9/23/انفجار_عبوة_ناسفة_على_طريق_العريش__الشيخ_زويد_دون_خسائر_بشري/1877867

 

Sept. 22 1 person was killed in Nahya during clashes between police and pro-Morsi. ‪#Egypt

 

Sept. 22 Seven members of #AnsarBaytalMaqdis killed south of #ShaikhZuwayd #Sinai #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=e7b442fb-9bcc-44cb-a280-70f11d8b8bef

 

Sept 21 5 (although report says 4) simultaneous sound bombs went off in Tanta and Mahalla. Ajnad Masr claimed responsibility for a bomb which exploded in front of the Foreign Ministry in Cairo killing 2 police. One of them was a witness in the trial against Morsi. 4 schools were evacuated near by. Also a military aircraft crashed in Fayyoum killing 6 soldiers.   Also a bomb defused at the electricity tower in al-Ayyat Giza.

http://egyptianstreets.com/2014/09/21/explosion-strikes-egypts-ministry-of-foreign-affairs/

http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/563163http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/09/21/1656938 http://t.co/bfNUQSVPab

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-29301919

 

Sept. 21 Explosion hits railway tracks in Sharqiyya for the 3rd time since last night http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/09/21/1656299

 

Sept. 20 16 escaped a police station in Mahalla & 6 recaptured on Friday http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/111154/Egypt/Politics-/Detainees-escape-in-Egypts-Mahalla-using-hot-water.aspx

 

Sept. 20 15 escaped a police station in #Gharbiya & 5 of them were recaptured Friday #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=998c164e-f252-4971-948b-a7c6c19a9e53

 

Sept. 19 37 Muslim Brotherhood members arrested at protests in different areas of the country. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/111175/Egypt/Politics-/-Brotherhood-members-arrested-at-Friday-protests.aspx

 

Sept. 19 Clashes between pro-MB and police in Haram http://www.youm7.com/story/2014/9/19/اشتباكات_عنيفة_بين_الإخوان_وقوات_الأمن_فى_شارع_المطبعة_بالهر/1871491#.VBxVOChOj7Q

 

Sept. 19 Another decapitated body of 35 year old man found in Sinai – near Shaykh Zuwayd http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/111158.aspx

 

Sept. 17 Four militants killed, 21 others arrested during an army raid in ‪#Egypt‘s ‪#Sinai: MENA – ‪http://goo.gl/qrHxAx 

 

Sept. 15 Ministry of Interior says it arrested 4 terrorist cells http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=2cb95156-85e3-4ef3-9cc9-77dc33beda22

 

Sept. 15 Six police were killed on the Rafah-Arish road #AnsarBaytalMaqdis

#Sinai #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/110861.aspx

 

Sept. 14 7 members of #AnsarBaytalMaqdis killed on Sun. #Sinai #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/110726.aspx

 

Sept. 12 IS spreading into Sinai as Egyptian general claims that 500 out of 8000 militants remain in Sinai http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/110043/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-reassesses-antimilitant-tactics-as-Sinai-mil.aspx

 

Sept. 11 Bomb exploded near Police Force Club in Tanta, Egypt. Several injuries.

 

Sept. 11 12 members of Damanhour Ghosts cell have been arrested. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/09/11/1642804

 

Sept. 10 7th beheaded body found nr. Shaykh Zuwayd, Sinai. Other sources (Haaretz) claim there was a note next to the body saying this was a “Mossad agent” http://thecairopost.com/news/124622/news/7th-beheaded-body-found-in-n-sinai-eyewitnessesS

 

Sept. 10 Unknown assailants kill the son of Egypt’s appeals court http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/556027

 

Sept. 9 On the treason and espionage case of Mohammed Morsi (because it relates to the Muslim Brotherhood’s supporter, Qatar. http://www.emannabih.com/the-biggest-treason-and-espionage-case-in-the-history-of-egypt/

 

Sept. 8 Police officer killed, 10 injured in explosion in ‪#Egypt‘s North ‪#Sinai.

 

Sept. 4 #AnsarBaytalMaqdis claims responsibility for killing of 11 security on Tues #Sinai #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/109975.aspx

 

Sept. 3 Trial of Ansar Beit al-Maqdis operatives has begun – many details here (and accusations too) http://www.madamasr.com/content/arab-sharkas-cell-quasi-covert-military-trial-ansar-beit-al-maqdes

 

 

Sept. 3 Ikhwan announce a new cell Kata’ib al-qasas bi-ardh al-kanana (after Helwan brigades caught) http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/09/03/1630791

 

 

Sept. 3 Gunmen shoot a police sergeant in al #Arish #Sinai #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/109897/Egypt/Politics-/Policeman-shot-dead-by-armed-men-in-Egypts-AlArish.aspx

 

 

Sept. 2 Bomb near al-Wefaq #Sinai kills 11 #Egyptian police and wounds 2 Also stampede kills 9 when families of military cadets try to move into anarea #Ismailiyya  http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/rights-group-witness-report-egypt-detained-25205852

 

August 2014

 

Aug 31 joint police, army raid in ‪#Arish kills main suspect in May 2013 police kidnapping [AR]: http://gate.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/35/531523/محافظات/أخبار-وتقارير/مقتل-المتهم-الرئيسي-في-واقعة-خطف-الجنود-السبعة-إبا.aspx

 

 

Aug 31 Two more beheaded bodies found in Mahdia village south of the #Sinai allegedly by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis Beheading is symbolic act; false interp of shari`ah and depersonalization. http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/beheaded-body-found-buried-mahdia-village

 

Aug 29 Egypt jihadist group claims beheading of four men in Sinai ‪http://mme.cm/QU5U00  ‪pic.twitter.com/Jfhu1qNpek

 

Aug 24 ‪#Egyptian army conscript shot in the head in North Sinai ‪http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/109134.aspx … Aug 22 Three electric transformers attacked in ‪Minya ‪http://bit.ly/1to3CLe 

 

Aug 22 3 members of #MuslimBrotherhood-linked cell arrested #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=60341d1d-995e-440a-bf59-d019377efe49

 

Aug 21 Egypt army bombs an Ansar Bait al-Maqdis weapons storage facility in Sinai

 

Aug. 21 4 Ikhwan set a police truck on fire (then detained?) https://twitter.com/egypt_speaks/status/502587913792929796/photo/1

 

Aug. 21   A bomb in Masr Gadida Ave.’s metro – 6 wounded, no word on fatalities as yet http://www.akhbarak.net/articles/16162410-جريدة_التحرير_|_انفجار_قنبلة_بترام_مصر_?src=التحرير&ref=home

 

 

Aug 21 People set tires on fire of the railroad tracks in Sharqiyya http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/543330

 

Aug 21 6 soldiers hurt on Shakykh Zuwayd highway . http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/506194

 

Aug 20. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis released a new video entitled “Oh Soldier”

‪http://youtu.be/aZDyAcRve6c 

 

Aug 19 Four beheaded corpses found in ‪#Sinai; ‪#Egypt army kills three militants and arrests 30 suspects ‪http://bit.ly/1peif2p 

 

Aug. 19 New release by Jamaat Ansar Bayt al Maqdis entitled “O soldier”

‪http://youtu.be/aZDyAcRve6c 

 

Aug 18 Video from #AnsarBaytAlMaqdis threatens #Egypt‘s military & police. http://www.madamasr.com/content/ansar-beit-al-maqdes-releases-video-threatening-military-police

Aug. 17 Small bomb explodes outside police academy in Abbasiyya http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/108593.aspx

Aug 17 Minister of Interior Mohamed Ibrahim held a meeting with his assistants to discuss the video released on YouTube by a group which called itself Brigades of Helwan. A security source said Saturday that the video was broadcasted from Arab Ghoneim district in Helwan and 10 suspects were arrested. (al-Shorouk)

August 17 Abu Rukba of #AnsarBeitMaqdis entered the Sinai from tunnel and was arrested #Egypt http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/142646/egypt-arrests-senior-member-of-militant-group

 

 

Aug 17   Masked men attack the Maadi municipal building with Molotov cocktails Saturday and 6 bombs were defused in Giza and Cairo yesterday

6 bombs diffused in Cairo and Giza Saturday

 

Aug. 16 There was a bomb in downtown Katameya this evening. Area was blocked off. ‪#Cairo

 

August 16 Sectarian clashes in Sohag after a school was named after a christian soldier killed in Farafra ‪http://www.vetogate.com/1171188 

 

August 16 Acts of sabotage in Fayyoum resulted in destruction of 40 power transformers

 

August 15 – clashes between Ikhwan and non-Ikhwan civilians in Mohandiseen http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/539420

 

August 15 – Protests by Ikhwan/pro-Ikhwan in various areas of Egypt (but not the Sinai). Ikhwanweb claims that hackers made anti-govt. statements on 2 radio stations”for 1st time in history”

 

August 14 Helwan Armed Militias posts its introductory video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-OQMPeJk60U&feature=youtu.be

 

August 14 3 primitive bombs defused today at Manshiya park east of Alexandria. 2 others also defused near Raml Station and Central Bank.

 

August 14 Gunmen kill a police sergeant in #Helwan then flee.  http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/108425/Egypt/Politics-/Police-sergeant-shot-dead-near-Cairo.aspx

 

August 14 Governorate office in Ein Shams was attacked by approx 40 masked men with molotovs. Burnt it down and burnt a government bus as well. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/08/14/1605550\

 

August 14 A rocket fired from Gaza hit a house in al-Mattalah Sinai killing a 13 yr. old girl & injuring 2 other children. Hamas denies any rockets fired fr. Gaza.   http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/13/us-mideast-gaza-rocket-sinai-idUSKBN0GD1W120140813

 

 

August 13 2 bombs planted near petrol station in Madinat Nasr were defused http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/egypt/2014/08/11/تفكيك-عبوتين-ناسفتين-بجوار-شركة-بترول-في-مصر.html

 

August 12 2 electric towers were blown up by saboteurs today #Egypt http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/499854 …

 

August 12 5 more tunnels destroyed & militants caught trying to enter #Egypt fr. #Gaza (1664 tunnels now destroyed.) http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/08/12/army-destroys-5-tunnels-arrests-5-palestinians-attempting-cross-rafah-border/ …

 

August 12   9 militants killed in #Sinai and 15 arrested.  #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/108323.aspx

 

August 11 Egyptian intelligence interviews ISIL cell in #Egypt – originally Hazemoon group http://www.shorouknews.com/news/view.aspx?cdate=11082014&id=761def87-5307-41ec-b054-3a68b2cbd947

 

August 10 Lawyer, al-Wahsh files case to dissolve marriage of Ibrahim Eissa on grounds of apostasy http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Lebanon-News/2014/Aug-11/266821-tripoli-alcohol-advertising-ban-draws-fire.ashx#axzz3A4j72sCS

 

August 9 Admin. Court ruled for dissolution of Freedom & Justice party and confiscating its assets http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/08/09/1598775

 

August 9 Egyptian army announces it has killed 60 militants in #Sinai campaign over the last 12 days and arrested 102 others

http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/108080/Egypt/Politics-/-militants-killed-in-recent-Sinai-operations-Egypt.aspx

 

August 9 – During a “peaceful” march, the Ikhwan attack, then drag, and then cut a man’s ear. http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/534769

 

August 8 Ikhwan protests and Islamist protestor killed in clashes amidst them http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle

 

August 7 Photo of arrest of the leader of the Sword Group in the Sinai. Had letters fr. al-Qa’ida concerning attacks on tourist sites. https://twitter.com/egypt_speaks/status/497516658429161472/photo/1

 

August 7 Reports of Apaches hovering over al-Arish & a visit by the Min. of Defense.

 

August 6 Natural gas pipeline bombed near Altuwaiel village, in northern Sinai (has already been bombed many times before).

 

August 4 Reports from Copts in Samaloot, Menya saying extremists r attacking them and their homes and businesses. They have been calling police.

 

 

Aug 2 Leader of Menaie tribe kills 4 militants as they try to assassinate him. Sinai http://www.madamasr.com/content/north-sinai-tribal-leader-kills-4-islamist-militants

 

July 2015

 

July 31 One successful escape & an attempted escape followed by a shake-up in Min. of Interior   http://thecairopost.com/news/120308/news/security-forces-shaken-by-2-jailbreak-attempts

 

July 30 3 suspected militants died when explosive device detonated in their car #alSaf #Giza #Egypt http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/three-suspected-militants-die-in-car-explosion-south-of-cairo-egyptian-media-567766?site=classic

 

July 30 Explosive device blew up on Shaykh Zuwayd – #Rafah highway. #Egypt http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/07/30/1585162

 

July 30 Sharqeya chief of police says the Ikhwani they arrested yesterday is responsible for leaving explosives in areas near Ikhwan protests. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/07/30/1585180

 

 

July 29 RT Terrorist cell captured in Sharqiyya Egypt in contact with AlQaeda abroad. http://almogaz.com/news/crime/2014/07/29/1584230

 

July 28 Rocket attack killed a girl and wounded another girl in Shaykh Zuwayd, Sinai http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=716767&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

 

July 28 MBs reportedly used a 300-man protest in Giza as cover for attacking a police captain’s home: ‪http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/528631 …

 

July 27 Unknown assailants have blown up an electricity pylon in Qalubiya governorate, the 7th such incident in two weeks, officials say.

 

July 26   Twenty Ajnad Misr members charged by Egypt’s chief prosecutor on Saturday and soldiers killed 12 militants #Sinai http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/gunmen-kill-senior-officers-egypts-sinai-24712384

 

July 26, 2 children killed, 3 injured in mortar explosion in al-Mahdiya Rafah #Sinai #Egypt http://thecairopost.com/news/119806/news/breaking-2-children-reportedly-killed-in-mortar-explosion-in-rafah

 

July 26, 2014 6 RPGs fired at a mosque in al Tawil ‪#Sinai ‪#Egypt ‪http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/107117.aspx 

 

July 24 (2014) A bomb exploded and another was defused in Cairo-Alexandria desert road. No casualties reported

 

July 23   Details of the Wadi al-Gadid attack are announced by the military – 4 trucks of militants had attacked. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/106860/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-army-reveals-details-of-AlWadi-AlGedid-deadl.aspx

 

 

July 21   A group of Muslims are trying to take over land of the monastery of Deir Abu Makar at Wadi Natrun. Reported on ON TV – Gaber al-Armouty and http://www.light-dark.net/topic.php?id=55259

 

July 20 8 killed & 28 wounded in military camp Sinai & al-#Arish. Extremist anti-regime violence continues http://www.sis.gov.eg/En/Templates/Articles/tmpArticleNews.aspx?ArtID=78757#.U8woPShOj7R

 

July 19 Twenty-one Egyptian troops killed at checkpoint in Wadi al-Gadid (western desert) by gunmen #Egypt http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/gunmen-attack-egypt-troops-killing-21-near-libya/2014/07/19/5d545db2-0fa8-11e4-b0dd-edc009ac1f9d_story.html

 

July 18 Head of electricity company in Ismailiyya says electric tower was exploded by a laser gun ( in terrorist attack) http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/07/18/1570715

 

July 18 One policemen killed by militants in Arish, North Sinai.

 

July 17 officer and a soldier injured in terrorist attack in Sheikh Zoweid, Sinai.

 

July 14 Gamaa Islamiyya closes its dialogue with Egypt’s government because of the arrests of Safwat abd al-Ghany (from its Shura Council) and 4 others trying to flee to the Sudan on Sunday. http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/jamaa-al-islamiya-closes-dialogue-regime-arresting-members

 

July 14 ‪#Egypt says 40 militant cells busted since April – Authorities: ‪#MB mmbrs funded groups targeting security forces ‪http://gulfnews.com/news/region/egypt/egypt-says-40-militant-cells-busted-since-april-1.1359603 …

 

July 14 a hand grenade exploded inside a court in Gharbiya, ‪#‎Egypt – no injuries reported; 2 more devices diffused http://t.co/tUEt3dC3E8

 

July 14 Gamaa al-Islamiyya leader threatens #Egypt over seizure of Safwat Abd al-Ghany & 4 others who tried to flee to Sudan last Sunday http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/jamaa-al-islamiya-closes-dialogue-regime-arresting-members

 

July 13 Rocket hit in front of supermarket & security office #Arish kills 7 & 1 officer #Egypt http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0FI12720140713?irpc=932

 

 

July 12 Explosion at communications building in 6th of October #Egypt http://almogaz.com/news/crime/2014/07/13/1563379

 

July 11 MB leaders held 6 meetings abroad: ‪http://www1.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1770300#.U8A1XGdOXIU … Working to build external pressure on ‪#Egypt, worried about UK inquiry.

 

July 11 Pro-Morsi, anti- fuel hike protests in Matariyya ended in clashes and 2 killed. Also protests in Alexandria (and dispersed by police) http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/106014.aspx

 

 

July 9 Bomb hit a military armored vehicle in Rafah. A conscript was killed, 4 others injured. ‪http://onaeg.com/?p=1785297  ‪#Egypt ‪#Sinai

 

July 8 Twenty Muslim Brotherhood supporters arrested in security forces raids across ‪#Fayoum. (Ahram)

 

July 8 Ikhwan and Black Bloc clash with people from Damanhour here: http://videoyoum7.com/2014/07/08/بالفيديو-جامعة-القاهرة-تبرعنا-لـتحيا/

 

July 7 Gunmen killed an officer in Damietta, Egypt who was in car with his fiancée. Not clear at first if this was criminal or political.

 

July 4 Bomb explodes near Tawhid Mosque in Port Said

 

July 4 Ikhwan decide to exhaust the police today with false bomb reports. 100s of false alarms reported to police throughout Egypt.

 

July 4   214 arrested yesterday in Muslim Brotherhood’s Day of Rage http://egyptianstreets.com/2014/07/04/hundreds-arrested-as-violence-overshadows-anniversary-of-morsis-ouster/

 

July 4 A child was killed in Helmeyet al-Zaytoun in armed clashes between Ikhwan and police. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/07/04/1552123

 

July 4 3 killed in Abu Kasah in Fayoum in a house believed to be used for bombmaking.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/07/04/uk-egypt-blast-idUKKBN0F915U20140704

 

July 4 Terrorists used a poultry farm to make bombs (see above) https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=37AlQw7HBOA

 

July 4 – A bomb exploded prematurely in an apartment in Fayoum, 6 were killed, among the dead was Fayoum MB leader Ahmed Arafa. ‪#Egypt

 

July 3 Bomb went off on Abu Qir train at Sidi Gabr in Alex – on which the poorest travel in from Alex to work and wounding 9, one child critically http://egyptianstreets.com/2014/07/04/bomb-targets-alexandria-train-wounds-nine/

 

July 3 Bomb Exploded near ‪#PrezPalace andother in ‪#PortSaid, and now Molotov fire on Mehwar Bridge ‪#Egypt

 

July 3 The Egyptian army killed 17 militants in northern Sinai in a series of crackdowns. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=6ab548e1-cac0-4f83-8d39-e3981b9039f1

 

July 3 Would-be bomber is killed in ‪Kirdasa, other bombs in ‪Assiut ‪#Egypt ‪http://www.statesman.com/ap/ap/top-news/egypt-suspected-militant-dies-while-handling-bomb/ngYPR/ …

 

July 2 A car bomb exploded in front of the military hospital in Abassiyya ‪#Egypt No casualties. ‪http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/513585#.U7SIL_85MuM.twitter …

 

June 2015

 

June 30 Two bombs were being detonated outside the Itahadiyya (Presidential) Palace in Cairo. One went off killed a policeman and wounded three others.  Attack by Ajnad Misr. http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/bomb-blast-outside-presidential-palace-kills-policeman-injures-3-others

 

June 29 Jihadists in the Sinai killed 4 policemen today between Arish and Rafah in northern Sinai. https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/mena/553661-four-egypt-police-killed-in-sinai-attack?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

 

 

June 29 In 6th October City a bomb planted in a call center under an unfinished building went off and killed a girl and injured her parents. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/104953/Egypt/Politics-/Explosion-in–October-City,-one-girl-dead.aspx

 

June 27 In an ‪Muslim Brotherhood protest today, raising Rabaa slogans & chanting against police & t/army “Officer [got] shot in his face in clashes with MB”

 

‪Warning issued by Ajnad Misr. For attack on June 30

 

June 18 Bomb at Shohadaa Metro Station injures 2 women ‪http://ow.ly/ybs0t  ‪#Egypt

 

June 13 Police officer killed in Hada’iq al-Maadi during a Muslim Brotherhood protest http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=c78bc818-3e92-4ce2-9363-40ed3e1174eb

 

Jun 11 Unknown gunmen fired on a security truck in Arish wounding 3 persons including a civilian. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=12703f21-ead5-48f5-adea-3dc422df13df

 

June 4 Egyptian army troops prevented an attack on a civil protection building in Arish by dismantling 3 barrels of explosives. Also army troops destroyed 7 tunnels in Rafah. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=209818a1-b037-49b0-ab07-bee06aa4d28c

 

 

June 1 Six soldiers from border guard attacked in al-Wahat in the western part of the country by smugglers and outlaws   http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2014/06/01/Egypt-attack-targets-desert-border-guards.html

 

May 2014

 

May 30 Thoughts on Egypt’s cooperation with Israel in the Sinai and dedication to opposing terrorism http://www.judithmiller.com/14839/egypt-israel-cooperation

 

May 30 Huge tourism project is planned for the Sinai by Arabian Group for Development and Urban Progress http://constructionreviewonline.com/2014/05/mega-tourism-project-planned-sinai-egypt/

 

May 27 Two bombs found and defused in Minya and two in Fayoum http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/491591

 

May n.d. 2014 Erick Stakelback explains why the Muslim Brotherhood are perceived as being moderates – their charming veneer, but share goals with other extremists. For ex. Morsi joined the MB when at USC in Los Angeles. And info. re. US groups with them. Granted this is a rather right wing presentation & audience.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymKFMQ5CYnY&feature=youtube_gdata

May 23 1 CSF officer killed and 2 conscripts injured in North Sinai Al-Ahram.

 

May 23 Shadi al-Manaei of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis and three other associates killed in a drive-by shooting in al-Arish http://www.timesofisrael.com/head-of-sinai-terror-group-reported-killed/

 

May 21 9 wounded in bomb attack in #Arish (and child run over) #Egypt http://www.mei.edu/content/news/nine-wounded-egypts-sinai-bomb-attack?utm_content=bufferf32bc&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

 

May 20 Unknown assailants blow up gas pipeline near Areesh in Sinai. This is the 7th time since Morsi’s ousting.

 

May 20 3 soldiers killed by drive-by assailants near the protest of Al-Azhar students. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/101746.aspx

Video of aftermath http://www.almasryalyoum.com/videos/details/7165

 

 

 

May 17, 2104 8 injured at a pro-Sisi rally when bomb went off at Ezbat al-Nakhl http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/447835

 

 

May 16, 2014 Ikhwan burn the home of #Sisi supporter in a village in #Behaira #Egypt http://www.youm7.com//News.asp?NewsID=1671642#.U3fcRleehPk

 

May 15 #Ikhwan demonstrators smash 20 stores in #Cairo and 1 killed #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=c7331a87-4b09-4137-be51-267068d9f8e1

 

May 14 Two militants killed and 9 arrested in the Sinai and a car bomb was detonated by the CT unit http://www.madamasr.com/news/military-kills-2-and-arrests-9-north-sinai

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May 11 RT Attack on al-Sahel police station #Egypt http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/05/11/1465817

 

May 11 Arrested terrorists from Agnad al-Ard arrested in Imbaba & planned to blow up polling stations. Trained in bombmaking in Sharqiyya with 11 others. #Egypt http://www.ahram.org.eg/NewsQ/285460.aspx

 

May 11 Raid on Shaikh Zuwaid in North #Sinai kills one army conscript #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/100955.aspx

http://www.madamasr.com/news/army-conscript-killed-sheikh-zuwayed

 

 

May 11 Police rescued a policeman who had been attacked & kidnapped in Sharqiyya #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/100953.aspx

 

 

May 9 – reports that the Muslim Brotherhood planning protest?

 

May 9 Two bombs were defused at Jisr alSuez and the Ahmad Orabi bridge in Giza http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/443216#

 

May 8 Clashes at Al Azhar with Ikhwan students and police chiefs and riot police were called in http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/477876

 

May 7 Police clash with unknown assailants who were firing on a tank in al-Arish. http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/441829

 

May 7 Bomb defused in front of a bank in Zamalak. Another bomb defused in the Sadat Center in Menufiyya. ‪almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/05/07/1459849 …

‪http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/05/07/1459532 

 

May 5 Dakahleya police foil an alleged plot to bomb St. Demiana Monastery as well as power sources around the governorate.

 

May 5 Pro-Sisi event attacked with Molotov cocktails in Kafr Saad, Damietta #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/100559.aspx

 

May 5 Muslim Brotherhood students storm Cairo University legal affairs buildingAlso a bomb squad defused a bomb near AlAzhar’s main gatehttp://www.egyptindependent.com//news/brotherhood-students-storm-cairo-university-legal-affairs-building

 

May 4 #AlAzhar has expelled 79 students for violent activities on campus #Egypt http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/440282#

 

May 3 A bomb defused in al-Nasr street in Basateen #Egypt http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/474177

 

May 2 Car exploded & reports of 1 dead in front of the Engineers’ Syndicate in Mohandiseen on Ramses St. or near Ramses station ‪#Egypt

 

May 2 2 killed, 3 injured in ‪#Alexandria clashes between protesters and security forces. At least 42 arrested across ‪#Egypt.

 

May 2 Three police injured in shooting in Helwan by Muslim Brotherhood protesters. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=ee712b74-eb1e-4194-a5ba-a525fe856649

 

May 2 Bomb explosion targets bus in Sinai carrying employees in tourism industry. 3 injured. Man threw bomb at bus & it exploded killing him too

 

May 2 Army air strike kills five extremists in North ‪#Sinai‪http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=5ec22708-6059-4e42-8322-1f8cc5f74df7 … ‪#

 

May 2 4 killed, 12 injured in 3 bombings – 2 were suicide bombings on a road from Sharm al-Shaykh and the 3rd was in Cairo near a courthouse. http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/health-ministry-4-killed-12-injured-3-bombings

 

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/02/us-egypt-violence-idUSBREA4104E20140502?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

 

May 2, 2 killed, 3 injured in ‪Alexandria clashes between protesters and security forces. At least 42 arrested across

 

May 1 Army air strike kills 5 extremists in North Sinai http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=5ec22708-6059-4e42-8322-1f8cc5f74df7

 

April 2014

 

Apr. 30 3 policemen injured in clashes at Mansoura University http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/three-policemen-injured-mansoura-university-clashes

 

Apr 30 Junior policemen on strike at the Cairo airport express anger at arrival of special operations and tanks https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQYg47sRcCw The protest law was applied to the 120 police, they were fired and 6 others arrested.

http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/120-policemen-charged-protest-law-dismissed-working-airport

 

 

Apr. 29 Egypt’s army spokesman says 3 militants killed, 3 arrested in latest North Sinai operations ‪http://goo.gl/17j2Dn 

http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=32658b23-1737-49b1-a2a7-c07f976e6421

 

Apr. 29 #MuslimBrotherhood supporter was killed yesterday in Damietta protest http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=6b8b8107-5f5e-44ae-8222-23c44f4a1919

 

Apr. 28 – The man whose hand-made bomb exploded at home injuring him, his friends and family is none other than al-Shater’s driver.

 

Apr. 28 Policeman injured in clashes with the Muslim Brotherhood in Minya http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/policeman-injured-clashes-brotherhood-minya

 

Apr. 28   Muslim Brotherhood prisoners to go on hunger strike on Wednesday http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/16000-brotherhood-prisoners-go-hunger-strike-wednesday

 

Apr. 28 Ikhwan threaten to publicly mobilize after their Supreme Leader Badie is sentenced to death. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/04/28/1446624

 

Apr. 28 Police entered Alexandria University to break up clashes between demonstrators and campus security personnel. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/04/28/1446205

 

Apr. 28 Egypt’s jihadists threaten Pepsi. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/variety/2014/04/26/Fighting-the-fizz-Egypt-jihadists-threaten-Pepsi.html

 

Apr. 28 Police clash with Muslim Brotherhood students at Assiut University. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/04/28/1445934

 

 

Apr. 28 A bomb was found today inside car of an army officer in Bein al-Sarayat, #Giza & was defused. #Egypt

 

Apr. 27 Source at Min of Int claims death of 2 men in shootout w police. The 2 accused of murdering journalist Mayada. http://www.masrawy.com/news/Cases/General/2014/April/28/5887539.aspx#HPOIMPNEWS

 

Apr 27 Police dispersed a Muslim Brotherhood march in Matareya using tear gas and birdshot, 7 people were injured. ‪http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/04/27/1445327 

 

Apr. 27 Ayman al-Zawahiri, leader of al-Qa’ida expressed solidarity with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and called for AQ to kidnap Americans http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/04/27/al-qaeda-chief-declares-solidarity-muslim-brotherhood-urges-followers-kidnap-westerners/

 

Apr. 27 One family’s connection to Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis from a cell in Egypt http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/25/us-egypt-militancy-insight-idUSBREA3O0E720140425?utm_content=buffer76962&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Apr. 27 Bomb explodes in Ikhwan home in Sharqiya [not Menya] injuring him,2 friends & 3 kids. Trying to make home-made bomb according to Internet instructions.

 

Apr 27

Six ‪#Sinai militants killed; Seven Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis members arrested ‪#ABAM ‪#Egypt ‪http://bit.ly/1faPFMO 

 

Apr. 25 Clashes in Fayoum, leave 2 dead. http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/99798/Egypt/Politics-/Clashes-at-proMorsi-rallies-leave-two-dead-.aspx

 

Apr. 24 Muslim Brotherhood supporter raped 6 year old boy because he ‘supported’ Gen. Sisi (by singing Teslam Ayadi) http://www.vetogate.com/973584

The boy’s family was threatened by others in the Muslim Brothers’ family, after the rape and also before it, when they were trying to compel them to support the MB https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cOlPH2uTZ0

 

Apr. 24 Seven Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis members arrested in Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=6742e53c-58a6-4127-ad62-e92597afa431

 

Apr 24 Prosecution orders the arrest of 33 from the violence in Aswan (earlier in the month) http://thecairopost.com/news/107755/news/prosecution-orders-arrest-of-33-over-aswans-ethnic-conflict

 

Apr. 23 7 (6) militants wounded and 20 injured http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/world/2014-04/24/c_133286532.htm

http://allafrica.com/stories/201404241408.html?aa_source=slideout

 

Apr. 23 Egyptian authorities arrested a man accused of killing 4 Shiites [in July 2013], while attempting to escape to Libya ‪http://thecairopost.com/news/107704/news/suspect-in-shiite-killings-arrested 

 

Apr. 23 Teacher in Sharqiyya allegedly breaks the leg of a student who was singing a song for al-Sisi http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/04/24/1440636

 

 

Apr. 23

RT Police BG Ahmad Zaki & another officer assassinated in 6th October ‪#Egypt vid of car http://edition.cnn.com/2014/04/23/world/meast/egypt-car-explosion/index.html?hpt=hp_t4

‪https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5oFf_aW41mc …

 

 

Apr. 22 #MuslimBrotherhood students at #Minya University firing at people. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HYc6z7FBt5M

 

Apr. 22 #MuslimBrotherhood students illegally close off  #AinShams University #Egypt http://bit.ly/1mu16yy

Apr. 21 Bomb found near an October church defused, ‪http://bit.ly/1kU5wih  ‪#Elwatannews

Apr. 19 10 extremists arrested and a bomb defused In Northern Sinai http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/security-source-10-extremists-arrested-bomb-defused-north-sinai

 

Apr. 19 Azhar Muslim Brotherhood students set CBC’s broadcast car afire ‪http://owl.li/vWZbl 

 

Apr. 18 #MuslimBrotherhood burned shops in Ezbat al-Nakhl and their march was dispersed. #Egypt #Ikhwan http://thecairopost.com/news/107019/news/mb-burns-shops-in-ezbet-el-nakhl-march-dispersed

 

April 18 Muslim Brothe

rorhood march burns a Sisi supporter’s house in Ezbet al-Nakhl, Cairo   bit.ly/1jQHbZL

Apr. 18 Muslim Brotherhood set fire to a balcony in Fayyoum during clashes with police http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/431291

 

 

Apr. 17 Police fire tear gas at Ikhwan marching at Matariyya who respond by throwing bricks and stones http://www.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1619304

 

Apr. 17 Giza police conducted operations to arrest leaders of Agnad Masr in Kirdasa, Bulaq and other areas http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/04/17/1429865

Apr. 17 Leader of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis was arrested in the Sinai http://elbadil.com/2014/04/17/سقوط-أبو-أنس-القيادي-بأنصار-بيت-المقدس/

Apr. 17 ‪Ikhwan leader arrested in ‪#Qena ‪#Egypt  ‪http://alhayat.com/Articles/1855764/مصر–ضبط-قيادي-من–الإخوان–في-قنا

Apr. 16 A bomb explosion inside a tank wounds an Egyptian soldier in Arish http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=506f8354-74f2-46b0-b0e5-80037a830973

Apr. 15 Two were injured in a bomb planted on al-Faisal St. Haram, Giza (after Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis had promised many bombings on 4/15) http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/04/15/1427417

Apr 15 Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis leader arrested after murder of policeman in al-Arish on Monday (14th) http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=17115aba-1dc9-4294-bfcf-60326aa8ae1e

Apr. 15

Investigators: Engineering students executed bomb attack at CairoUni that killed a senior MOI official 2 weeks ago ‪http://onaeg.com/?p=1604380 

Apr. 15 Mohamed Morsi’s release of dangerous prisoners in Egypt is linked to current violence there. http://www.emannabih.com/evidence-on-mohamed-mursis-direct-link-to-terror-acts-in-egypt/

Apr. 14 28 Copts were reportedly abducted by extremists in Minya in the last 3 month, ransom reached 6M EGP, police inactive. ‪http://www.light-dark.net/vb/showthread.php?t=1062950247 …

Apr. 14 Ikhwan students clash with other students inside Zagazig university campus, throwing stones & police enter to stop it.   http://www2.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1612204

Apr. 14 al-Azhar University expels 52 students (for violent demonstrations inside of campus)

Apr. 14 Army troops supported police across fr. #Nahda in clashes with #Ikhwan today near and inside Cairo University, where a student in the Faculty of Science called Mohamed Adel Attia is reported dead i

 

Apr. 14 Khaled Hussein, reporter 4 t/daily Youm 7, was shot in the chest during the clashes in front of the university’s main gates.

 

Apr. 14 Bomb discovered in front of N. Giza court, Mohandiseen & defused #Egypt http://gate.ahram.org.eg/News/478966.aspx

 

Apr. 14 Mohammad Bakry Haroun was arrested on Apr. 12 in Cairo. He’s associated with the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, part of the Nasr City network & accused of Dakahliya and Cairo bombings. http://thecairopost.com/news/106323/news/prominent-ansar-bayt-al-maqdis-member-under-investigation-in-cairo

 

Apr. 13 The Muslim Brotherhood have reportedly moved their headquarters from London to Graz, Austria, following announcement of investigation into their activities in the UK   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2603383/Muslim-Brotherhood-moves-headquarters-London-Austria-Cameron-announces-terror-investigation.html

Apr. 13 #Nusra Front fighter (#Syria) planned attacks in #Egypt and has been arrested. http://bit.ly/1iHWzUV

 

Apr. 13 #Egypt‘s army spokesman says 3 militants killed, 4 arrested in latest North Sinai operations http://fb.me/186WCYFjb

Also, armored trucks will be carrying recruits in the Sinai.

Apr. 13 Bomb found & defused, inside a church #Giza for Palm Sunday #Egypt http://gate.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/4/28/478506/حـوادث/حوادث-محلية/العثو

Apr. 12 Police arrested an 8-member cell of the Muslim Brotherhood called the Deterrence Battalion in Menufiyya http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/eight-member-brotherhood-cell-arrested-monufiya

Apr. 12 RT #Ikhwan threw acid in the faces of police in #Fayoum #Egypt some injured http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/04/13/1422607

Apr. 12 – photo of municipality building burned by the Ikhwan back in August – in Montazah, Alexandria

‪pic.twitter.com/jED6Bxwr0b

Apr. 11 Explosive device defused in Sheikh Zuweid, North Sinai ‪http://goo.gl/bnEBX1 

Apr. 11 Muslim Brotherhood attack police with weapons and try to set fire to a checkpoint. Police killed two of them in Gharbiyya. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=ff8ad64c-74b7-4e2a-922d-80d605255e85

Apr. 10 Granddaughter of Hassan al-Banna, a university professor struggles to protect the Muslim Brotherhood http://linkis.com/www.voanews.com/cont/5VKvk

Apr. 10 Committee leaves #Egypt with documentation of MuslimBrotherhood plotting in UK including Kemal Helbawi, N. Ibrahim and others   http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/04/11/1419991

Apr. 10 Brotherhood’s leading businessmen, Youssef Nada claimed on AlJazeera that the Brotherhood has formed new secret leadership.

Apr. 10 An second explosion took place in al-Hasri square in 6th of October city just 50 meters away from the first explosion. http://elwatannews.com/news/details/458433

Apr. 10 A junior officer & policeman arrested for joining the jihadist group of Tharwat Shehata #Egypt http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/457750

Apr. 9 Clashes today between ‪#MuslimBrotherhood (‪#Ikhwan) students and police in ‪#AlAzhar, ‪#AinShams, and ‪#Suez Canal universities.

Apr. 9 US designates Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis a ‪#terrorist group. Pretends not to notice connection with ‪#Ikhwan ‪#Egypt ‪http://m.state.gov/md224566.htm 

 

Apr. 8 Allegations in the trial of Mohammed Morsi and an explanation of his connections with Ayman az-Zawahiri via his brother Mohammed http://www.raymondibrahim.com/from-the-arab-world/exposed-the-muslim-brotherhoodal-qaeda-connection/

Apr. 8 Muslim Brotherhood students with weapons and fire inside of Alexandria University http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/egypt/2014/04/08/طلاب-الإخوان-في-معركة-بالأسلحة-النارية-بجامعة-الإسكندرية-.html

Apr. 8 Four Islamist militants reportedly killed in North Sinai by Bedouin ‪http://goo.gl/vRXQuZ 

Apr. 8 Freedom and Justice Party (Muslim Brotherhood) posts a photo of students breaking the 2nd gate at al-Azhar https://www.facebook.com/FJParty/photos/a.185765638151567.48353.185332328194898/726691124059013/?type=1

Apr. 8 #Azhar female students burn tires and burn Mustafa al-Nahhas road #Egypt http://www1.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1602051

Apr. 8 12 homemade bombs found at #AinShams University and defused #Ikhwan ‘peace’ #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/98573/Egypt/Politics-/Ministry-of-Interior—handmade-bombs-found-on-Ain.aspx

Apr. 7 Jihadists threaten protests on Sinai Liberation Day at Tahrir Square (Apr. 25) http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/jihadist-movements-threaten-protests-tahrir-square-sinai-liberation-day

Apr. 7 Al Azhar University dismisses 27 students for leading protests inside campus (with violence) http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/azhar-university-dismisses-27-students-leading-protests-inside-campus

Apr. 7 Beltagy’s wife threatens al-Sisi http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/04/07/1413470

Apr. 6 #Egypt‘s university students were busy in 1,427 protests this fall — not in class  http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/03/31/students-organised-1427-protests-fall-semester-democracy-meter/

Apr. 6 #Egypt‘s Interior Ministry spokesman: Militants using foreign fighters who’ve been in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria in coordination with A #Ikhwan; and Ikhwan using students to engage in a 2nd type of violence – http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/98417.aspx

Apr. 6 Prosecutor refers #Zawahiri (his brother) & 67 others to court for planning violent attacks.  #Egypt http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/455163

Apr. 6 Clashes today at #Cairo University, #Ain Shams University and #AlAzhar University between police and #Ikhwan students. #Egypt

Apr. 5 A plot to target al-Gorah airport in #Sinai was thwarted yesterday #Egypt http://aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=98a34756-3f1f-41b6-be57-8f7458eaa276

Apr. 5 Violence broke out in Aswan at a reconcillation meeting on Friday between two families and continued through Saturday. The army spokesperson said there was Ikhwan influence in the clash, but haven’t seen details which prove that, yet. 23 killed, 40 wounded.

Apr. 4 Security forces dispersed protesters across Cairo today. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=e3201cdd-a8bb-4e57-b215-d04dd31866fa

Apr. 4 Yesterday “gunmen killed 2 young men in the village of Mahdiya, accusing them of collaborating with the army.” ‪http://goo.gl/n9Yp5f 

Apr. 4 Clashes between #IIkhwan & police in Matariyya. Another ‘peaceful’ Friday. #Egypt http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/422656

Apr. 3 Policeman shot and killed near #Rafah #Sinai #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/98243/Egypt/Politics-/Policeman-shot-and-killed-in-northern-Sinai.aspx

Apr. 2 Three bomb explosions outside ‪#Cairo University, security found a 4th bomb. (Anti-coup blames army/police then backed off that claim) http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/02/us-egypt-blast-idUSBREA310LX20140402

Apr. 2 Police arrested 7 ‪#Ikhwan a few hrs. b4 bombings ‪#Egypt ‪http://gate.ahram.org.eg/News/474332.aspx …

Apr. 1 #ikhwan allegedly attempted to murder #Coptic family and army officer son in #Sharqiyya #Egypt http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/04/01/1404978

 

April 1 #Ikhwan students at AinShams Uni beat up al-Fajr journalist, took his camera & threatened female journalist http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/04/01/1405049

April 1 #Ikhwan student demonstrators headed for the Egyptian Ministry of Defense

http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/04/01/1405060

March 2014

Mar. 31 5 killed, 11 wounded and 79 arrested in terrorist Brotherhood protests ‪http://ow.ly/vcB9r 

Mar. 31 RT #Ikhwan‘s protesters burn cars in #Azhar garage #Egypt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFcMVPO5_zM

Mar. 31 An Ikhwan cell has been arrested in Alexandria for allegedly planning to cut hands and feet of Sisi supporters.

http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/450445

Mar. 31  Clashes between police and ‪#Ikhwan in ‪#Minya. 1 police injured, 5 arrested ‪#Egypt ‪http://dostorasly.com/news/view.aspx?cdate=30032014&id=883df04f-7902-45c6-9b67-70064c50c460 

 

Mar. 30 Members of Ansar al-Shari’ah fil Ard al-Kinana were arrested. They’ve taken credit for more than a dozen shooting incidents in Giza, Beni Suwayf and Sharqiyya http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/03/egypt_announces_arre.php?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Mar. 30 Ikhwan students block Sudan St. behind Cairo University clashing with non-Ikhwan citizens and no police presence.

http://elbadil.com/2014/03/30/طلاب-الإخوان-يقطعون-السودان-وغياب-ت/

 

Mar. 30 Violence escalated in front of Cairo University by Ikhwan students http://gate.ahram.org.eg/News/473288.aspx

Mar. 30 One killed, three more injured in an attack on a police bus western Sheikh Zuwaud today

Mar. 27 Mayada Ashraf, a journalist for al-Dostour was killed in Ain Shams. 4 others were killed (this reports 3) and 10 wounded. http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Middle-East/2014/Mar-28/251576-egypt-journalist-killed-as-police-islamists-clash.ashx

Mar 27 Egyptians and Ikhwan clashed in Dakahliyya and police and Ikhwan clashed in Faisal st. al-Haram, Giza.   Shots were fired in clashes between Ikhwan and police in Mahalla. Ikhwan demonstrations in Qena and three demonstrations in Fayoum were dispersed by police by using tear gas; they also dispersed demonstrators in Madinat Nasr with tear gas.

Mar 27 Ikhwan fired at police in Helwan and police used tear gas. Heavy clashes. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/03/28/1399097

Mar. 27 4 killed in clashes between armed MBs & security forces. Includes a journalist and a Coptic woman (stabbed) ‪http://www.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1582535#.UzWxkZQKYeU.twitter 

Mar 27 Persons unknown burned an #AlSisi campaign tent set up in Port Said http://www1.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1581627#.UzVuxYWv8xI

Mar. 26 – Field Marshall al-Sisi formally resigns as Min. of Defense, meets with the military and then announces his candidacy as President. Gen. Sedky Sobhy becomes Min. of Defense.

Mar. 26 1 killed and 30 injured at #Cairo Univ. and #Zagazig Univ.

Mar. 26 Ikhwan students demonstrating in front of Cairo University, chanting against army and police. http://elwatannews.com/news/details/446543

Mar. 25 A new Ikhwan movement called Execution claims it has kidnapped a policeman and have details about 5000 others. http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/445980

Mar. 25 30 June investigative committee says Copts in Upper Egypt are still mistreated, suffering kidnappings and unable to rebuild burned churches. http://www.masrawy.com/news/egypt/politics/2014/march/25/5861238.aspx?ref=moreclip

Mar. 25 A bomb was found at the entrance to the police station at Shubra al-Khayma and was defused. http://almogaz.com/news/crime/2014/03/26/1395423

Mar. 25 Ikhwan destroyed army-run warehouse distributing food to the poor in #Fayyoum #Egypt http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/03/25/1395349

 

Mar. 25 Today unknown persons burned MobiNil’s tower in Bahaira http://elwatannews.com/news/details/446253

 

Mar. 25 #Ikhwan surround Helwan police station. Police fire shots in the air and disperse them. http://elwatannews.com/news/details/446255

 

 

Mar. 25.   ‪#Ikhwan supporter publishes call on FB for a Muslim Brotherhood army to confront ‪#Egypt‘s police & army

http://almogaz.com/news/talk-shows/2014/03/25/1394276

 

Mar. 25 12 injured as Ikhwan and police clash in Sharqiyya. Ikhwan torched police truck http://gate.ahram.org.eg/News/471650.aspx

 

 

Mar. 25. Ikhwan wearing masks with Rabaa sign burn the electricity main in Mahalla.

 

Mar. 25. Militants blow up gas pipeline again in southern Arish. https://twitter.com/muhamedsabry/status/448604761445904385/photo/1

 

Mar. 24. #Bedouin killed by militants in #Sinai for cooperating with #Egypt‘s army/security. http://www.maannews.net/arb/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=684135

 

Mar. 24. School in #Qalubiyya closed today when incendiary device discovered #Egypt http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/444849

 

Mar. 24 Ikhwan burn a school to protest death sentences handed down by a judge in Minya.  http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4502752,00.html

 

Mar. 24. Unknown gunmen (suspected to be Islamic militants) shoot and kill a policeman on his way to work in al-Arish. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=3f620134-81ae-49b8-bcb3-037d57ce32b7

 

Mar. 23. RT Two homemade bombs deactivated in #Cairo University. http://owl.li/uRTxg  #Egypt

 

Mar. 21 8 Ikhwan arrested during violent clashes in Suez. Ikhwan also throw fireworks on AlHaram St. in Giza. 1 killed in Haram, unconfirmed reports that one person killed in Alexandria where there were also clashes, and clashes in Bahaira, Minufiyya, Gharbiyya and Fayoum. ‪http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/97220/Egypt/Politics-/One-dead-in-clashes-between-proMorsi-protesters-an.aspx 

 

Mar. 21 Police in al-Fashn, Bani Swayf, foiled an attempt to blow up a branch of the National Bank. They found 2 explosive devices inside bank.

http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/414587

 

Mar. 20 ‪Ikhwan throw rocks at British consul’s police escort & injure a woman in ‪#Bahaira ‪#Egypt ‪http://www.masrawy.com/news/Cases/General/2014/March/20/5857167.aspx …

 

Mar 19 3 students killed today in clashes between pro-Morsi & police in universities across Egypt. Protests at Cairo University met with tear gas.

 

Mar 19 5 Ansar Jerusalem fighters killed in clashes at Qanatir al-Khayriyya http://www.longwarjournal.org/threat-matrix/archives/2014/03/egypt_says_5_ansar_jerusalem_f.php

 

Mar 18. Police trucks arrive after #Ikhwan students demonstrateing at al-Azhar block roads in the area.   block http://elbadil.com/2014/03/18/مدرعات-الشرطة-تصل-محيط-جامعة-الأزهر/

 

Mar. 18 Ansar al-Shari3a says it murdered policemen because Morsi was deposed and for arrested Ikhwan women. http://gate.ahram.org.eg/News/468888.aspx

 

Mar 18. Campaign called Batel calls for mobilization on Mar. 19th to bring back Morsi http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/03/18/1384178

 

Mar 18 Police raid pro-Rabaa conference in Garden City in Cairo and hold the attendees. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=c44517a4-4eeb-450c-b85f-3693ff2b6315

 

Related: ‪#MOI Spoxman: ‘The ‪#MuslimBrotherhood is a terrorist organisation that should be arrested not have pressers! ‪#RabaaPresser ‪”

 

 

Mar. 18 #Ikhwan at #AlAzhar beat a campus security police unconscious and kidnap him off the campus. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/03/18/1384125

 

Mar 16. Two men arrested planting bombs at high voltage towers in Giza supplying electricity to Haram, Faisal and other areas wo men arrested planting bombs at high voltage towers in Giza supplying electricity to Haram, Faisal and other areas ‪http://arabic.rt.com/news/668847-%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1_%D8%AA%D8%AE%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A8_%D8%A7%D8%AD%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%B7_/ …

 

Mar. 15 Gunmen kill six army police officers in an attack near Cairo http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=c1235819-e9f9-4a6f-8035-dd351281e9b2

 

Mar. 14. Shaikh Moza of Qatar denied Saad Eddin Ibrahim’s claims about her support of 30 June and that Al Jazeera is being run by Ikhwan http://www1.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1556242

 

 

Mar 14. Ikhwan clashed with people on al-Haram street and burned a store. http://almogaz.com/news/crime/2014/03/14/1378400

 

Mar. 14 Police used tear gas in Shoubra al-Khayma to disperse crowed which tried to block their truck http://www.youm7.com//News.asp?NewsID=1556695#.UyNFmmDGtGk

 

Mar. 14. Police dispered Ikhwan protesters today at Ain al-Shams; the protesters destroyed the cameras at the Matariyya Institute nearby. http://elwatannews.com/news/details/437398

 

 

Mar. 14 Pro-MB cleric Abdel Maksoud on Rabia TV says it’s peaceful to burn houses, cars of policemen and terrorize opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood http://youtube/s6yDuGzjMuQ

Mar. 13 Saudi Arabia arrests the Ikhwan’s (Muslim Brotherhood’s) al-Shaer http://www.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1554069#.UyRz62DGtGk

 

Mar. 13 Terrorist group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis disguised as Egyptian army and standing at a checkpoint in Rafah https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mDQQ2uizoQ

 

Mar. 13 Gunmen attacked an army bus in al-Amiriyyeh in eastern Cairo, killing a soldier. These are believed to be Ikhwan cells, or at least, its supporters.   Ansar Beit al-Maqdis later claimed responsibility. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-26559184

Also http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=a9b82f18-8bee-4911-b259-286c14d785e7

http://www.youm7.com//News.asp?NewsID=1555005

 

Mar 12. Saudi Arabia closes al-Jazeera’s office over Qatar’s support for Muslim Brotherhood. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/saudi-arabia-closes-local-al-jazeera-office-over-qatars-backing-for-the-muslim-brotherhood-9187856.html

 

Mar. 12 T #Ikhwan students demonstrating in front of #Cairo University #Egypt http://gate.ahram.org.eg/News/466521.aspx

Mar. 12. Dahi Khalfan says Gulf-based Ikhwan are funding the rebellion in Egypt. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/webtv/news-bulletin/2014/03/12/1300GMT.html

Mar. 12 Ikhwan students gathered in front of Grand Imam’s house protesting arrest of female students.

طلاب الإخوان بالأزهر يحتشدون أمام بيت الطيب احتجاجًا علي محاكمة 5 طالبات http://gate.ahram.org.eg/News/466539.aspx …

Mar. 12 Interpol arrested Akram al-Shaer arrested in ‪#SaudiArabia and Mohammad Qabouti in ‪#Kuwait ‪#Ikhwan ‪#Egypt ‪http://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=11218795 …

http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/96539.aspx

 

Mar 10 Unknown gunmen try to kill a policeman in Sharqiyya

Mar 9‪#Ikhwan burn OnTV truck in front of ‪#Cairo Univ ‪#Egypt ‪http://elbadil.com/2014/03/09/ طلاب-الإخوان-يشعلون-النيران-في-سيارة/‪#9iZKYQBIc9HFVqKJ.99

 

Mar 9 13 arrested at a bomb workshop in the Sinai in Arish city http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=79144edf-5874-4882-b715-c6b107718b9b

 

Mar 8 A bomb exploded today near the refugee center in October City. #Egypt http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/406850#

 

Mar 8 #Ikhwan students march against the return of campus police and for the release of

other detained #Ikhwan students http://elwatannews.com/news/details/433028

 

Mar. 8 #Ikhwan students destroy electronic gates outside Mansoura University http://www.youm7.com//News.asp?NewsID=1545257

 

Mar. 8 Ikhwan women in Alexandria chant “US save them from violence” (yesterday, they were chanting against the US in Cairo) http://elwatannews.com/news/details/43299

 

Mar. 7 Hayat journalist harassed and attacked on live TV as she was covering Ikhwan demos in Alf Maskan

‪http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/03/07/1369010 

 

Mar 7 7 Ikhwan dead in Alf Maskan as gunfire exchange with police begins. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/03/07/1368998

 

 

 

Mar 7 Police car torched on 26th of July axis to October 6th in front of Hyper one market by an MB demo

 

Mar 7 Police secretary killed in al-Arish #Egypt http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/egypt/2014/03/07/دماء-شرطي-مصري-تسيل-في-شمال-سيناء-برصاص-مسلحين.html

 

Mar 7 5 police killed & 7 injured in #Matariyya #Egypt http://www2.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1543744#.Uxn_L2DGtGk

 

Mar 7 #Ikhwan burned police truck in Faisal St. #Haram #Egypt http://elwatannews.com/news/details/432268

 

Mar 7 Clashes between Ikhwan/pro-Ikhwan and security in Fayyum, Minya and Alexandria (since Ikhwan had organized protest demos today)

 

Mar. 6 Armed gunmen fire on pro-Sisi marchers in Shaykh Zuwaid http://elwatannews.com/news/details/431646

 

Mar. 6 National Council for Human Rights completes a report on police brutality in the Rabaa and Nahda dispersals & releases a video showing armed gunmen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvIwvbOLNSw

 

Mar 6. Unidentified person(s) ignite a police car at Manial.

 

Mar 5 10 militants killed & 43 arrested in Sinai – according to Egyptian Army spokesman https://www.facebook.com/Egy.Army.Spox/posts/447169592080695?stream_ref=10

 

Mar 5 Israel says it seized a Gaza-bound rocket shipment coming from Iran. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/05/us-israel-gaza-ship-idUSBREA240X720140305?feedType=RSS&feedName=topNews&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter&dlvrit=992637

 

Mar 5 Bomb explodes near courthouse compound in Qena. No injuries. Another grenade found in the same area. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=2687b697-8900-4e37-bb35-1e3a7e37ca3e

 

 

Mar. 3 Attacks on police across Egypt – in addition to those below in Giza and Beni Souef, there were attacks in Mansoura and the Aswan http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/95763/Egypt/Politics-/Attacks-on-police-officers-continue-across-Egypt.aspx

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Mar. 3 Police sergeant shot dead by ‘unknown’ gunmen in Beni Souef #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=cbdb41a2-257f-4db2-ba16-f3a91e17b6b7

 

Attack on an ambulance in #Giza kills 1 policeman & wounds 1 #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=df6382d7-3be9-4606-9ed0-f3d259bdc02a

 

Mar. 2 Clashes broke out outside Imbaba police station between police and the army as army was charged to secure the station.

 

Mar. 2 3 devices (bombs/proto-bombs) found on train to Banha and in Shubra station and were defused ‪www.marsadamny.com/t~7061 

 

Mar. 2 8 Ikhwan were arrested for the burning of Samaloot police station. They had 2 bombs in their possession.

ضبط 8 إخوان متهمين بحرق مركز سمالوط بحوزتهم قنبلتان محليتا الصنع ‪http://www.youm7.com//News.asp?NewsID=1534382 …

 

Mar. 2 Mohammed Zammar (Ansar ash-Sham) was released with other 5 Islamists in a swap. He was imprisoned for being MB member ‪pic.twitter.com/yh0sElvz4X

Mar. 1 10 extremists killed, 11 arrested in Northern Sinai (in Arish, Rafah and Shaykh Zuwaid) http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=78e8c1ca-c706-42c3-ab19-8bf98cacd6ed

 

Mar. 1 After clashes, police arrested 10 pro-Muslim Brotherhood in Ain Shams, Marg and Walli and a 13 year old was killed in clashes in the Matariyya area of Cairo. 2 police were injured. The rioters threw a bomb at security forces which was defused, and set a microbus on fire. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=d2e1c6a4-cfe5-4b8b-910f-c99e6f91e208

 

February 2014

 

Feb. 28 2 dead, 16 injured in clashes between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and police at demonstrations in Cairo, Alexandria – and also 5 injured in Minya.

http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/402305

 

Feb. 28

A fruit vendor was beaten up by Ikhwan with chains & knives bec he asked them to stay away from his shop

‪http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/427660 

 

Feb. 24   Arrests made of 8 Muslim Brotherhood members for using social networking sites to promote violence.   Sites include Molotov Movement Against the Coup http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/members-social-networking-groups-arrested-inciting-violence-against-police-and-army

 

 

Feb. 24 Bombs found inside court & registry at Kafr al-Dawwar http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/bombs-found-inside-court-and-civil-registry-kafr-el-dawar

 

Feb. 22 Attackers on a motorbike shot an NSA officer in Zagazig (who died). http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/interior-ministry-nsa-officer-shot-dead-sharqiya

 

Feb. 21 A knife attack kills a Christian woman in upper Egypt.

http://www.christiantoday.com/article/knife.attack.kills.christian.woman.in.southern.egypt/35944.htm?utm_content=buffercbb10&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

 

Feb. 21 Car belonging to the Tahrir Channel was burned) on Haram [street] and Ikhwan supporters were dispersed by security forces in the Arish area of Haram afte.http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/422565

 

 

Feb. 21 Beni Swaif, police aborted an attempt by 2 MB terrorist organization members to set fire to a police officer private car. He was injured & hospitalized. MB member Ahmed Ihab was arrested and the other member Belal Nehad Akasem, son of the leading MB member Nehad Alkasem in Beni Swaif. (source Min. of the Interror)

 

Feb. 21 Ultras Ahlawy clash with police and burn a police car after al-Ahli wins Africa Super Cup. 24 injured. http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/02/21/dozens-injured-ultras-ahlawy-police-clash/

 

 

Feb. 21 Police vehicle set on fire early in the am. In Alexandria.

 

Feb. 20 Bomb squad investigating a device reported in Coptic graveyard in Damas, Meet Ghamr.

 

Feb. 20 Policemen will get 30 percent of their basic pay as risk compensation, effective 1 March http://bit.ly/1ffbycD

 

Feb. 20 3 drive-by shootings in #Sharqiyya w/i 24 hours #Egypt http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/94794.aspx

 

Feb. 20 Some professors who either were Ikhwan or supporting them are fired by Cairo University and students involved in violent actions as part of protests were expelled. http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/arab-and-world/egypt/2014/02/19/فصل-دراج-والأستاذ-المتورط-في-سحل-ضابط-بجامعة-القاهرة.html

 

Feb. 20 6 jihadists killed in the Sinai by armed forces.   http://madamasr.com/content/6-jihadis-killed-10-arrested-north-sinai

 

Feb. 19 RT #Egypt al-Zomor and Abd al-Meguid, ‘former’ terrorists seek asylum in UK http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/02/19/1346179

 

Feb. 18 2 arrested for bomb manufacturing and other offenses in Mohandiseen and Giza. http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/two-arrested-over-manufacturing-bombs-mohandiseen

 

 

Feb. 18 Cairo University expels 350 & Rabaa tshirts etc. forbidden #Egypt #Ikhwan http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/02/18/134487

 

Feb. 18 Cairo U. refers Pakinam Sharqawi (for involvmt in the summer riots) and Seif Abd al-Fattah (for being employed by presidency w/o permission from the university) to investigation  http://www.ahram.org.eg/NewsQ/260327.aspx

 

Feb. 18 Unknown assailants fire on police checkpoint at Assiut wounding a policeman and a passerby http://elwatannews.com/news/details/420179

 

 

Feb 17 Army conscript shot by smugglers on the Egyptian-Israeli border south of Rafah. http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/smugglers-wound-conscript-borders-israel

 

Feb. 16 Egypt tourist bus blast killed 4 – 3 South Korean tourists, the Egyptian busdriver and injured nearly all 33 on board. Bus blew up after it entered Egypt from Israel. ‪http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-26217380 …

 

Feb. 15 3 children and 1 adult injured by an explosion in Madinat Nasr behind a police station http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/394397

 

Feb. 14 Bomb thrown in front of Talibya police station – bomb squad tries to defuse

http://almogaz.com/news/crime/2014/02/14/1339458

 

 

Feb. 13 Yesterday 2 security at #Saqqara died as 2 gunmen fired on them. Is US justifying this violence? #Egypt http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/02/13/1338444

 

Feb. 13. 3 arrested near the bomb-throwing at al-Warraq (yesterday aren’t Ikhwan but an independent cell.) http://gate.ahram.org.eg/News/455969.aspx

 

 

Feb. 12 A policeman standing guard outside Mar Guirguis Church is fatally shot http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/416750

 

 

Feb. 12 Three people on a motorcycle throw a bomb in a street in al-Warraq which was defused by the Egyptian bomb squad. ‪http://www1.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsI

 

Feb 12 Detained Egyptian ‪@USEmbassyCairo employee’s name appeared in e-mail to top Muslim Brotherhood that leaked to media ‪http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/220750 

 

 

Feb. 12 108 Ikhwan who were arrested during violent clashes in Minya have been released on bail. http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/416394

 

Feb 10 Men on motorbike kill a policeman in Isma’iliyya http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/policeman-killed-gunmen-ismailia

 

 

Feb. 10 Ikhwan clash with teachers in Sharqiyya because teachers were gathering signatures to challenge the Ikhwan in the (teachers) syndicate

http://www1.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1500866&#.UvpAS2DGtGk

 

‪Feb. 10 Egyptian authorities accuse Muslim Brotherhood of forming an armed wing: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/africaandindianocean/egypt/10628009/Egypt-authorities-accuse-Muslim-Brotherhood-of-forming-military-wing.html

 

Feb. 9 More details on Muslim Brotherhood’s formation of a military wing http://uk.news.yahoo.com/egypt-says-muslim-brotherhood-formed-military-wing-173410512.html#PioO7RA

 

 

Feb. 8

Egypt’s army spokesman says airstrikes in Sinai Peninsula kill 16 armed fighters with ties to Muslim Brotherhood ‪http://aje.me/1cg7AKu 

 

 

Feb. 8 New group calling itself Ajnad Misr on a Facebook page claims responsibility for Friday’s bombs in Cairo. Then claims responsibility for more attacks http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=29682809-a831-4267-ae2f-8db8cb887574

 

 

Feb. 7 Riot police stabs officer to death yelling “Halal, Allahu Akbar”

 

Feb 7 Two bombs injure 4 at checkpoint on Fri. am http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/02/07/update-six-injured-police-checkpoint-bombing/

 

Feb 7 Police arrested 34 Ikhwan supporters in Alexandria who were in possession of petrol bombs, anti-mility leaflets, a live transmission device and Rabaa symbols. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=6d83f303-d06e-4ed5-ba44-41ba5994e7fd

 

Feb. 7 Ikhwan carrying rifles in Feisal, Giza

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXNpACXemTM

 

 

Feb 5, 2014. Muslim Brotherhood release home addresses of police officers.

 

http://www.alwafd.org/تقارير-وتحليلات/620083-35-ألف-ضابط-بالداخلية-يبحثون-عن-التأمين

 

Feb. 4, 2014. The Ikhwan burn the home and car of an al-Sisi supporter in Sharqiyya who had killed an Ikhwan member after a previous clash http://dostor.org/الأخبار/قلب-مصر/366160-عناصر-الإرهابية-يحرقون-منزل-وسيارة-مؤيد-للسيسي-بالشرقية

 

Feb. 4, 2014. A Muslim Brotherhood member (or supporter?) arrested in Beni Souaif with an RPG. http://www.elwatannews.com/news/details/410843

 

 

Feb. 4, 2014. Clashes in Fayyum between Ikhwan and police and 3 civilians are injured as a consequence. http://dostor.org/الحوداث/حوادث/366140-إصابة-3-في-اشتباكات-عنيفة-بين-الإخوان-والشرطة-بالفيوم

 

Feb. 4, 2014. Two soldiers injured in a bomb explosion in central ‪#Sinai. Bomb went off on the road as their truck drove by.

http://www1.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1489879#.UvEOxGDGtGk

 

Feb. 4, 2014 Security thwarts a terrorist plot to try to blow up a beacon [lighthouse] in the Suez Canalhttp://www.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1490172#.UvEO7mDGtGk

 

 

Feb. 4, 2014 2 explosive devices containing large amounts of TNT were found near a school in Badr City, New Cairo. Bomb squad defused them

http://www1.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1490025&SecID=65

 

 

Feb. 4, 2014 Jihad movement breaks away from the Coalition to Support Legitimacy (the group of pro-Morsi jihadist groups) says the coalition failed. http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/388281#

 

Feb. 4, 2014 Copts complain they are making jizya payments to Islamist extremists, still fear for their lives & police not doing anything. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yK3Tqz1gwU#t=102

 

Feb. 4, 2014 A new movement called HanRa3bku (We’ll Scare You) starts and attacks police in Assiut http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/02/03/1322726

 

Feb. 2, 2014 Bomb defused near the fence of military installation in Hurghada http://www2.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1486453#.UvEUC2DGtGk

 

Feb. 2, 2014 15 year old arrested at #Ikhwan march in possession of 9 hand grenades . http://www2.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1486453#.UvEUC2DGtGk

http://www.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/386991#

 

Feb. 2 Statement of suspects in Virgin Mary incident in court (one trained by Zawahiri [brother]) other against leaders who don’t support shari`ah http://www.shorouknews.com/news/view.aspx?cdate=02022014&id=a074aaf2-1282-4839-8f9b-ac198c67ee1d

 

Feb. 1 4 Ikhwan members arrested in Alexandria – 2 trying to set police cars on fire and 2 others filming them.

 

Feb. 1 An Ikhwan dissident claims Ikhwan are trying to force the police into violence against them. Says Ikhwan planning commemoration of Battle of the Camel (which they were NOT victims in) on Feb. 11 http://www.youm7.com/News.asp?NewsID=1485565#.UvEgX2DGtGk

 

Feb 1 One of the Islamists who threw kids off a building in the summer, is at his trial trying to lead prayer. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2014/02/01/1321348

 

 

January 2014

 

January 31 Bomb (a soundbomb) went off at residence of Belgian Ambassador to Cairo

 

January 31, Two rockets exploded over Eilat as Israel’s Iron Dome defense system intercepted them. ABM claimed responsibility.

 

Jan 30 Ten militants were reported killed in the Sinai in Ahram Online (article has been removed)

 

Jan 30, Senior officer’s Lt. Col. Amr Hassan (a senior prosecutor) car blown up by Molotov cocktails and a bomb in Minya, in upper Egypt. AMB claims responsibility.   http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/93027.aspx

 

Jan 28: General Mohamed Said, an aid to the interior minister, is shot dead near his home in Giza’s Haram district by unknown assailants riding a motorcycle.

 

Jan 26 Gunmen killed 3 Egyptian soldiers on a bus in the Sinai; also reports on the 49 killed in 25th of January anniversary of the revolution protests and clashes. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/01/26/us-egypt-clashes-idUSBREA0P0CO20140126

 

Jan 25: Five soldiers – the crew of a military helicopter – are killed after their craft is hit by a surface-to-air missile in Sinai. The attack was claimed by Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis.

Jan 24: Four separate bomb attacks hit Greater Cairo on the eve of the 25 January 2011 revolution’s third anniversary, killing six people and injuring dozens. The bombs target Cairo’s central police headquarters, a police unit stationed near a metro station in Giza’s Dokki district, a police station in Giza’s Al-Talbiya district and another near a government building in Giza’s Haram district.

The Museum of Islamic Art, across the street from the central police headquarters, suffers extensive damage as a result of the explosion. The other two bombs were smaller in magnitude

 

 

Jan 25 Ikhwan attack police with weapons and Molotovs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GsdDvoJus_w

 

Jan. 24 4 Explosions rocked Cairo killing 5, car bomb near police headquarters, at a metro station in Dokki, police station near Talbia and at a movie theater, killing one http://world.time.com/2014/01/24/explosions-rock-cairo-five-dead-scores-injured/

 

Jan. 23 Five Egyptian policemen are killed and another two wounded in a drive-by shooting on a checkpoint in Beni Suef governorate, around 200 km south of Cairo. Later in February, the interior ministry directly accuses Muslim Brotherhood militants for the shooting, the first time it has levelled blame at the Islamic group for an attack since Morsi’s ouster.

Jan. 20 Two blasts heard near Eilat. At least one was a rocket fired from the Sinai. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/92088.aspx

 

http://www.youm7.com//News.asp?NewsID=1489585&#.UvEPYWDGtGk

 

Jan 19 Reports that Abu Mariam, a militant leader was killed on Sunday and that a house was demolished which had been found to have a large amount of ammunition and explosives. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=e3409847-cd56-4cde-80ba-e5511ad13c78

Jan 18 Three killed in clashes with the army http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=13689a4f-5a58-48d6-bcc6-8c0fc911dab3

Jan 16 Militant killed, 5 houses and 24 huts destroyed in al-Arish and Shaykh Zuwayd. http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2014/01/16/militant-killed-and-five-arrested-in-north-sinai-security-campaign/

Jan 13 Two militants were killed by their own bomb and 5 militants reported killed. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=905fe442-d65b-4e6d-a365-02fb260c3a83

Jan 4. One soldier killed, two injured in the Sinai in armored vehicle blast. Egypt Independent.

Jan 2 Information by Negah Ibrahim on the group he calls Ansar Jerusalem in the Sinai https://www.hate-speech.org/the-sinai-extremist-hub/

Jan 1 A blogger, Spider said that the puppet Abla Fahita had given code about an upcoming attack linked to the Muslim Brotherhood. This bizarre claim was mocked widely http://cnsnews.com/news/article/egypt-puppet-ad-draws-terror-accusations

Some earlier noteworthy events in this conflict in 2013

May 16, 2013: Seven police and army personnel are kidnapped by unknown militants near north Sinai’s Al-Arish city. The conscripts are released the following week, after which the army announced that the release was a result of negotiation with the kidnappers and efforts of military intelligence as well as mediation by tribal sheikhs and Sinai locals.

While news of arrests and a military campaign against militants was reported after Morsi called for their arrest, no trial was reported thereafter.

July 5: Two days after the ouster of Morsi, five army and police officers are gunned down by Islamists in Al-Arish, a city which had become a hotbed for militant activity since 2011, with weekly attacks on police and army facilities and government buildings that, mostly, failed to leave casualties.

July 24: In an incident representing a shift in the methods of attack as well as location, a bomb is detonated at the Daqahliya governorate’s security directorate in the Delta city of Mansoura, killing a police conscript and injuring over 25 people. Previous attacks since February 2011 had mostly involved the use of firearms and to a lesser extent rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) and grenades.

The interior ministry blamed Islamist extremists; the final results of police and prosecutor’s investigations were not announced.

August 14: After police forces disperse the main pro-Morsi encampments in Cairo and leave hundreds of dead protesters in their wake, armed Islamists launch RPGs at the town of Kerdasa’s police station in Giza, as a mob killed at least 11 officers, mutilated some and then reportedly securing control of the town.

Police returned to Kerdasa in September to arrest suspects involved in the attack and cleared it of armed militants.

August 19: The bloodiest militant attack so far happens when two vehicles transporting police conscripts near Sinai’s Rafah – on their way home for a holiday, according to police statements – were attacked by militants using RPGs. Twenty-five of the conscripts are killed in the attack. The prime suspect, whom security sources said was a jihadist militant called Adel-Habbara, is arrested later in August and is now being tried in criminal court.

September 5: A failed assassination attempt on Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim takes place in Cairo. A suicide bomber detonates a car bomb close to Ibrahim’s security convoy, as seen in the video of the group claiming the attack, Sinai-based jihadists Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis.

September 11: A car bomb explodes at the military intelligence building in the Sinai city of Rafah near the Gaza border, killing six soldiers and injuring 17 soldiers and civilians. Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claims the attack.

October 7: Nine police and army officers and conscripts are killed in two attacks: a drive-by shooting on a military patrol near Ismailia, where an army officer and six conscripts are killed, and a bombing at the security directorate in Sinai’s Al-Tor city which leaves three police officers dead.

Later that evening, an RPG is fired at a satellite link in Cairo’s upscale southern district of Maadi, causing little damage. The attack is claimed by another militant group active in Sinai called Kataeb Al-Forqan.

November 17: National security officer Mohamed Mabrouk – involved in investigations of the Muslim Brotherhood and jihadist groups – is assassinated by gunmen near his home in eastern Cairo. Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claims the killing a few days later.

November 20: A car bomb is detonated on the Arish-Rafah highway in North Sinai, killing 11 army conscripts and injuring 17 others. The attack is claimed by Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, who later release a video recording of it.

December 24: A large explosion, apparently a car bomb and possibly more than one, detonates at the Daqahliya governorate’s security directorate in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura, killing 15 and injuring over 130 policemen and civilians. Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis claims the attack and several militant suspects are rounded up and questioned by police, who release videos of testimonies from primary suspects.

 

Summer 2013 – A compilation of threats of violence by key Muslim Brotherhood leaders, and allies. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYqjmWnTzw0#t=76

 

 

January 2015 Sinai & Terrorism Log for Egypt

1 Feb

This is a log of many incidents in January 2015 which pertain to Egypt’s campaign in the Sinai and against terrorism and violent pro-Muslim Brotherhood actions on the mainland, or other security-related matters.

I haven’t posted for a long time!  The campaign in the Sinai has been effective and therefore the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis have increased their propaganda, using the new name State of Sinai and linking themselves with ISIS.  They have money (what’s the source of that) and are using it to try to gain loyalties.  However, most of mainstream media and the few who focus on Sinai in DC based (not very pro-Egypt) institutes either report on the failure of the campaign or the repressiveness of Egypt in the Sinai.

Jan 31 Egyptian Interior Ministry employee killed: shot in the head in his home in al-Arish. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/01/31/Egyptian-interior-ministry-employee-killed-in-Sinai.html

 

 

Jan 31 At least 6 conscripts were injured when Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis attacked 3 checkponts in Rafah. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=6734058e-473f-4aaf-a4d2-762ef071a6b6

 

Jan 31 The Monib police station was set afire by Muslim Brotherhood supporters (yes, David Kirkpatrick) in the Giza governate. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=1a2b7085-c009-4248-95a8-90130aa1264c

 

Jan 30 An Egyptian court banned the al-Qassam brigades, Hamas’ military wing and listed it as a terrorist organization. Hamas’ spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said Hamas “rejects” the decision. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/01/31/us-egypt-hamas-idUSKBN0L40BS20150131

 

Jan 30 New Sinai clashes kill 2 children http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/egypt-officials-new-sinai-clashes-kill-two-children

 

Jan 30 Egypt’s president Sisi cut short his trip to Ethiopia after the deadly coordinated attacks in the Sinai & army launches a new offensive. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-31052064?ns_mchannel=social&ns_campaign=bbc_breaking&ns_source=twitter&ns_linkname=news_central

 

Jan 29 Death toll of at least 30 as Sinai militants used car bombs and mortars in the #Sinai http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jan/29/egypt-army-police-sinai-el-arish-sheikh-zuwayed-rafah

http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0L22J920150130?irpc=932

 

 

Jan 29 The Wahington Post editors once again critique Egypt’s governemnt for “repression.” No acknowledgement of the attack by 100 militants on Egypt’s forces in the Sinai, and no mention of the many violent incidents in Egypt on 1/25, but the killing of a protester Shaima al-Sabagh (now being investigated by the Egyptian govt.) is. They use the article also to criticize Obama, for supporting the Sisi government . http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-us-is-complacent-as-egypt-repeats-its-history-of-repression/2015/01/29/d07fe6fc-a716-11e4-a2b2-776095f393b2_story.html

 

Jan 29 2 injured as 6 bombs went off in #Sharqiyya#Egypt #MB http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/121556/Egypt/Politics-/Series-of-explosions-in-Nile-Delta-leave–injured.aspx

 

 

Jan 28 The U.S. State Dept. hosted a meeting with Muslim Brotherhood officials (not just MB-aligned as the article states) and the same group spoke at an event at DC’s National Press club hosted by CSID. Jan Psaki, (WH) claimed the meeting was sponsored by Georgetown University (?) http://freebeacon.com/national-security/muslim-brotherhood-leaders-hosted-at-state-department/

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/csid-events-in-washington-dc?utm_source=REMINDER+%22The+Path+Forward+for+Restoring+Democracy+in+Egypt%22&utm_campaign=Panel+%22The+Path+Forward+in+Egypt%22+-+January+27%2C+2015&utm_medium=email

 

 

Jan 27 – The Muslim Brotherhood’s online Arabic site called on their members to launch jihad in an overt manner and with many historical references.  http://ikhwanonline.com/Article.aspx?ArtID=220195&SecID=211

 

Jan 27 Pro-#Morsi Popular Resistance group in #Giza claims responsibility for torching #KFC in Haram via @Zeinobia. Video: http://bit.ly/15QdHJr

 

Jan 26 6 explosive devices found and dismantled near Church of Virgin Mary in Fayyoum.

http://www.youm7.com/story/2015/1/26/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%AB%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-6-%D8%B9%D8%A8%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%81%D8%A9-%D8%A8%D8%AC%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D9%83%D9%86%D9%8A%D8%B3%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B3%D9%8A%D8%AF%D8%A9-%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%B0%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D9%8A%D9%88%D9%85/2041726#.VMaudWTF_e0

 

Jan 26 Attempt to break into police station in Sharqiya foiled, aggressors arrested http://bit.ly/1xZCBgF

 

Jan 26 Two bombs found in City Stars mall in Nasr City, at main entrance and entrance 7, according to @ONewsAgency #Egypt

 

Jan 26 AnsarBaytalMaqdis releases video of their murder of Ayman El-Dessouki earlier this month, linking them to cause of

Ansar Morsi by showing protesters first  #Sinai http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/121404.aspx

 

 

Jan. 25 A car bomb exploded in front of a church in #Port Said.  #Egypt

 

Jan 25 Pro #MB small org just announced it burnt a post office servicing a crowded Cairo neighborhood. Nice work, thugs! #egypt

 

Jan 25 North #Sinai curfew extended by 3 months.  #Egypt http://www.madamasr.com/news/north-sinai-curfew-extended-3-months

 

Jan 25   @Masrawy‘s reporter, Alaa Ahmed, got shot while covering Matareya clashes. http://www.masrawy.com/News/News_Egypt/details/2015/1/25/437330/%D8%A5%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%A9-%D9%85%D8%B1%D8%A7%D8%B3%D9%84-%D9%85%D8%B5%D8%B1%D8%A7%D9%88%D9%8A-%D8%A8%D8%B7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%AE%D8%B1%D8%B7%D9%88%D8%B4-%D8%A3%D8%AB%D9%86%D8%A7%D8%A1-%D8%A7%D8%B4%D8%AA%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%83%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D8%B7%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%A9  #Egypt #Jan25

 

 

Jan 25 4 Copts killed including a child in 1/25 proMB/anti’coup’ violence #Egypt http://www.mcndirect.com/showsubject_ar.aspx?id=59220#.VMVWTpmaotw.facebook

 

Jan 25, IkhwanWeb, the Muslim Brotherhood’s English language site, normally more understated than its Arabic site, issued a call to avenge every drop of blood in its AntiCoup efforts: http://www.ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=31981

 

Jan 25 Bomb at Cairo-Alex railway track & also bomb near Shams club in Alf Maskan, two officers injured.

http://m.almasryalyoum.com/news/details/639323

 

 

Jan. 25 Protesters set Haram district building on fire which authorities controlled. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=98e85b56-c6c9-4b7f-b563-66fb7bc01bb6 … #Egypt #مصر

 

Jan. 25 Detonating a bomb today in New Maadi. #Egypt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WK52cW-R8E …

 

Jan. 25 2 policemen were killed on the Ring Road in ‪#Cairo near Moneeb after gunmen in a car attacked. ‪#Egypt via ‪@TheCairoPost

 

Jan. 24   Shaima Sabbagh was part of a protest by the Socialist Popular Party which came into Tahrir to lay wreaths for the 1/15/11 fallen, and she was shot (disputes about whether by buckshot or birdshot) Eyewitnesses who reported were then questioned by authorities. 2 others wounded & 7 arrested. http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/shaima-al-sabbagh-heartbreaking-picture-shows-5039047

 

 

Jan 24 Demolition of areas in the http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/01/24/demolition-rafah-continues-2nd-phase-gaza-buffer-zone/

Sinai buffer zone continues into phase 2.

 

Jan 21 Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis pledged to continue attacks on the army http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=a409223c-0141-4576-b826-f9719227b42e

 

Jan 20 4 militants killed near Shaykh Zuwayd and Arish. Also 2 conscripts and an officer were injured in the explosion of roadside bomb near Shaykh Zuwayd http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/01/21/4-militants-killed-north-sinai-armed-forces/

 

Jan 19   Sinai terrorists claim they have attacked an oil pipeline to Jordan http://news.yahoo.com/egypt-jihadists-claim-attack-sinai-pipeline-jordan-205846613.html

 

Jan 13 The policeman who was kidnapped near #Rafah has been found dead. #Sinai #Egypt http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/army-missing-policeman-found-killed-egypt-s-sinai

 

http://www.madamasr.com/news/militants-killed-aftermath-kidnapped-soldiers-death-military

 

Five more bodies found today in the Sinai (seven were found yesterday) http://www.youm7.com/story/2015/1/13/%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%AB%D9%88%D8%B1-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%89-5-%D8%AC%D8%AB%D8%AB-%D8%A8%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B9%D8%B1%D9%8A%D8%B4-%D9%88%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%B4%D9%8A%D8%AE-%D8%B2%D9%88%D9%8A%D8%AF-%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%8A%D9%87%D8%A7-%D8%A2%D8%AB%D8%A7%D8%B1-%D8%A5%D8%B5%D8%A7%D8%A8%D8%A7%D8%AA-%D8%A8%D8%B7%D9%84%D9%82%D8%A7/2025679#.VLV6E2TF_e1

 

Jan 12

 

Report and photos of alleged IS militants (ABM affiliated with ISIS) giving money to someone whose home was destroyed in the Sinai. #IS in #Sinai #Egypt distributing financial help to inhabitant for their “destroyed home”. There is money round now.

#Police arrests assailants accused of drive-by shooting in #Giza – News – #Aswat_Masriya http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=73ae6326-6092-4f23-870b-8a94b4033cd1 … #Egypt #مصر

 

Jan. 11 An explosion rocked #Maadi earlier today #Egypt

 

Jan 11 Egyptian officer kidnapped by militants in the Sinai.   http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/120045.aspx

 

Jan 11 Two more headless bodies found in Shaykh Zuwayd in the Sinai, presumably victims of the militants. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/01/10/Two-headless-bodies-found-in-Egypt-s-Sinai-.html

 

Jan 10 @TheBigPharaoh: Reports that a bomb is currently being defused near the Jewish synagogue in downtown Cairo.

 

 

Jan 10 Conscript wounded near #Arish – shooter unidentified #Egypt http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=4d722202-9992-4add-a7ee-26a84c0ede40

 

Jan 9 Christian families in the #Sinai dwindle from 650 to 200 because of attacks by Islamic terrorists. fikraforum.org/?p=6205&utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_term=*Mideast%20Brief&utm_campaign=2014_The%20Middle%20East%20Daily_1.9.15

 

 

Jan 9 Security called to check for explosives in prime minister’s car http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/119884.aspx

 

Jan 6 Egypt’s army has killed 14 terrorists in raids in the Sinai between Saturday and Monday (yesterday) http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=46c85aed-bf33-4434-9894-36110264d4e7

 

Jan 6 Two bodies found; thought to be shot by militants, one south of Arish and one south of Rafah. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=ec14188a-dc00-45ee-b1b4-5065bd182ef0

 

 

Jan 6 Two policeman guarding a church on the eve of Coptic Christmas were shot by masked gunmen http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/01/06/Two-Egyptian-police-shot-dead-outside-Coptic-Church.html

http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/01/06/1802889

 

Jan. 5 Thirteen Copts were released in Libya and Libyan government said it will facilitate their return to Egypt. Claims they were not kidnapped by Islamic militants but by traffickers (smugglers). However, the other 7 Copts are not accounted for. http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/01/05/kidnapped-copts-libya-released-libyan-official/

 

Jan 5 Two arrested for making explosives (and 3 others being investigated) in a plastics factory in #Sharqiyya http://www.thecairopost.com/news/132283/news/5-arrested-for-manufacturing-explosives-in-sharqia

 

Jan 5 Egyptian police officer detained after killing two men on motorbikes at a checkpoint in Suez   http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/119562.aspx

http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=4211b621-5711-4c72-a9d7-1f0bed5204b3

 

Jan 5 Alleged State of ‪#Sinai twitter acct claims responsibility for IED that killed an Egyptian soldier yesterday.

 

Jan. 5 One policeman killed and 3 civilians injured after an attack by unknown assailants at a checkpoint in Mohandessin, Cairo   http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/119509/Egypt/Politics-/-policemen-injured,-civilian-killed-in-checkpoint-.aspx

 

Jan. 4 An American woman was found dead in Mahalla in the province of Gharbiyya http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2015/01/04/american-woman-reported-dead-gharbeya/

Jan. 4   ‪Egypt‘s Foreign Minister meets Bishop of Tanta about the kidnapped Christians in Libya; office in touch with local authorities & the Libyan government to secure their lives.

 

Jan 4 A soldier was killed disabling explosive devices in Shaykh Zuwayd and two officers and a soldier were injured. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=fa689957-c1c8-4d25-b7a3-708e8b3471f3

 

Jan 3 Thirteen Coptic workers kidnapped in Libya, allegedly by Ansar al-Shariah (see later posts) That is in addition to 7 others kidnapped last week.

http://www.tnnegypt.com/13-egyptian-coptic-workers-kidnapped-in-libya/

 

Jan 3 Palestinian boy shot by Egypt’s border guards trying to enter Sinai illegally and 3 Palestinians arrested also attempting to enter illegally. http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/119382.aspx

http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=83b53012-dc2a-4ec6-a94f-8d4c7cc6f924

 

 

Jan 2   ‪#Giza ‪#Egypt – 2 bombs defused outside cinema & shopping mall. Bombs had nails, sulfur, gnpwdr + a SIM card remotely. ‪http://ow.ly/GHzkJ 

 

Jan 2 Second bomb found near Cairo Mall on al-Haram St.

http://almogaz.com/news/crime/2015/01/02/1797146

 

Jan 2 A security checkpoint was attacked with an RPG west of Rafah in the Sinai. http://en.aswatmasriya.com/news/view.aspx?id=aeec2539-94a9-44c6-9592-36c77640662d

 

Jan. 2 A bomb exploded as a police car passed by in Alexandria http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/01/02/1797100

 

Jan 2 Pro-Morsi demonstrations blocked the road near the Cairo Mall and demonstrators burned a police car. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/01/02/1797104

 

Jan 1 President Sisi called for religious freedom. http://almogaz.com/news/politics/2015/01/02/1796665

http://azzasedky.typepad.com/egypt/2015/01/blog-egypts-president-al-sisi-calls-for-religious-revolution-in-islam.html

 

 

“Who is (Really) Protecting Syria’s Archaeological and Historical Heritage?” Guest Article by Martin Makinson

22 Oct

Who is (Really) Protecting Syria’s Archaeological and Historical Heritage?

By Martin Makinson

 

Martin Makinson is a doctoral researcher who specializes in the archaeology of Syro-Mesopotamia. He has worked extensively on excavations in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraqi Kurdistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey and spent the last ten years in many Arab countries, including Syria, Libya and Yemen. His research focuses on “Territories, Identities and Empires: the Impact of the Assyrians on the Material Culture in Northern Syria”.

Corbulo, an officer fighting for the Roman emperor Nero (reigned AD 54-68), once said that a war is won with a pickaxe and not just with a sword. He was referring to how soldiers dug under fortifications and opened tunnels to besiege enemy cities and destroy walls. Free Syrian Army and Islamic Front rebels have for months made tunnels under the old city of Aleppo to reach the Carlton hotel facing the citadel, i.e. the main headquarters for Assad’s troops and his so-called National Defense Guard. A little more than a fortnight ago, they managed to implode this late Ottoman building from below, putting to practice this Latin maxim and causing massive damage to regime ranks. The “war of tunnels” (in Idlib, at Wadi Dayf airbase, in Aleppo) appears to be a new – but long and patient – way of scratching into a regime war machine still prevailing on the ground and in the air.

Yet Corbulo’s words can also apply to what is actually occurring as we speak: an attempt by Bashar al-Assad, courtesy of international organizations such as UNESCO and NGOs like Heritage for Peace, to pose as the defenders of archaeology, of Syria’s huge historical and architectural heritage, and, why not, of civilisation itself. Bashar’s propaganda stints often portray destructions merely as the result of fundamentalist Islamic armed hordes wantonly reducing historical monuments and sites to rubble, plundering any precious movable relics or destroying them in order to satisfy their “Wahhabi” agenda. If we are to believe the conference organizers, who screened out any undesirable coverage of an event which made security and staff at Unesco’s Paris premises quite edgy, “plans and grand designs” are under way to restore the unique remains of all periods of Syria’s history, from Neolithic to Ottoman. What the Damascus General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) announces it will restore are the buildings obliterated or looted to a large extent by the very regime they are working for and representing abroad.

After three years of devastation, in the wake of the bombing of entire ancient cities from the air or from SCUD launchers, the Assad regime sent to Paris a delegation of archaeologists and museum curators to attend a three day conference, from May 26th to 29th 2014. At UNESCO premises at Place de Fontenoy near the Eiffel tower, Assad’s civil servants discussed a budget for some of the country’s – damaged, to say the least – architectural jewels, most leveled in the last two years by MIG fighter jets and barrel bombs filled with TNT. Two and a half million dollars (minimal sums, considering the scale of the destruction) have been set aside for a three-year restoration project of medieval citadels destroyed by the conflict. These so-to-speak drops of water provided by Denmark and Belgium, are to be handed over to “experts” and to a General Directorate staff acting as firemen for a power structure which has – literally – committed arson from the very day its phosphorous bombs reduced to ashes the Middle East’s largest Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman souk in Aleppo in the winter of 2012. Many archaeologists such as Paolo Matthiae, of La Sapienza University in Rome and the director of excavations at the third millennium BCE site of Ebla since 1965, are attending and lecturing. It was this very Matthiae who had rewarded Asma al-Assad with an honoris causa doctorate from his university in October 2004, during a much media-covered visit to this 55 hectare urban Bronze age centre. Other scholars and prominent archaeologists have chosen not to respond to UNESCO’s calls for a closed-doors symposium whose political agenda appears clearly under the veneer of scholarly workshops and assessments.

Four workshops were planned in a program which has been (mysteriously) removed from the conference’s website, three dealing with different aspects of heritage in Syria: movable objects (i.e. saving sites and museums from looting and plundering), built heritage (monuments and archaeological mounds), intangible heritage (preserving arts, crafts and traditions for which Syria is famous for, for instance Hama’s cotton prints, music and walnut and mother-of-pearl inlaid furniture, or the music and muwashahat and qâsida poetry that has made Aleppo famous). One of the “bright ideas” put forward by UNESCO was to print hundreds of thousands of flyers to be given to refugees in camps in Lebanon and Syria, to inform them of the value of heritage. Though a substantial number of antiquities do leave the country via Syria and Lebanon, far from being in the hands of displaced refugees, they are the loot of Lebanese, European and Turkish smugglers: a few months ago, a Byzantine mosaic kept in Raqqa (maybe in fact from Dibsi Faraj, an artwork from churches dug in the 1970s during rescue operations on the Euphrates) was destroyed by ISIL extremists because it had aroused the interest of a Turkish antiquities dealer willing to illegally purchase it.

Asma al-Assad in 2006, receiving an honoris causa doctorate from the dean of humanities of La Sapienza University in Rome

Asma al-Assad touring Ebla with Italian archaeologist Paolo Matthiae

But will conference papers discuss the systematic looting at Syria’s largest Hellenistic and Roman site at Apamea, some 50 km north of Hama above the marshy Ghâb valley? Will Dr Mamoun Abd al-Karim, the current director of antiquities, a man hailing from Malkiyeh (Derrik) east of Qamishli (close to Iraq and Turkey’s borders) discuss the hundreds of pits dug on both sides of the 1.8 km avenue of spiralled columns and shops (the longest in the Orient), these erected in the aftermath of the 115 AD earthquake, shortly after emperor Trajan’s victories in Mesopotamia against the Parthians? Small-scale illicit digging was a problem at Apamea well before the 2011 uprising. Local youth on motorcycles would drive around the site and around Seleucos I’s massive Hellenistic walls to show visitors the odd Roman coin, a pottery oil lamp or Roman Samian ware. Osman ‘Aidi, a well-known developper of the merchant-military class of the 1980s (who constructed the Sham hotel in Hama over the Keilani quarter’s slaughtered inhabitants) had disfigured many of the site’s columns by covering them with ghastly, crude, mushroom-shaped capitals of concrete. Still, what has occurred since 2012 is something quite different, a scandal on an industrial scale met only by the silence of many scholars and agencies alike. Since March 2012, officers of the Syrian army have forced local peasants to dig trenches all over the site, creating a lunar landscape similar to other plundered classical and Hellenistic cities of the Orient in conflict zones (Aï Khanoum in Bactriana/Afghanistan and Hatra in Iraq are a case in point). During a visit made by the author in August 1995, Belgian archaeologist Jean-Claude Balty had emphasized how it was difficult to preserve a marble marvel: the opus sectile designs of the 6th century AD Eastern Byzantine cathedral, near the second century AD decumanus colonnade. He was then horrified at how entire floors forming intricate geometric patters were being vandalized after exposure, partly a result of the General Directorate’s lack of organization and care in managing and protecting them from the elements. Alas, one doubts whether Dr Mamoun Abd al-Karim, a specialist of classical periods and of Roman centuriations (agricultural land divisions for taxation purposes) in the area around Homs will raise the issue of Apamea and discuss at UNESCO regime responsibilities in vandalism and looting.

To the right, Opus sectile floor in the Eastern Cathedral of Apamea. To the left, a view of the eastern apse of the same monument (from http://romeartlover.tripod.com/Apamea2.html)

Just a few hundred meters to the West, the regime had, a few months earlier, targeted the tell (mound) of Qala‘at al-Mudiq, whose latest levels were those of the Crusader border fortress of Fémie. This was a place where the Duke of Antioch Bohemund had confronted Saladin’s troops in the 1180s – an episode recalled by Saladin’s secretary, the Arab knight Usama Ibn Munqidh of Sheizar castle on the Orontes. An arched bridge, a smaller scale version of the one leading into the Aleppo citadel, was partly damaged by shells, just as two 12th century AD bastions to the west. It is also unlikely that many questions on the artillery bombing of March 2012 will be asked during the UNESCO closed door sessions.

To be presented during these three days were restoration plans of two quasi-intact citadels in the Jebel al-Ansariyeh mountains: Qala‘at al-Husn and further north, Saladin’s castle (in fact Qala‘at Sahyun, derived from the French Saône family responsible for its upkeep before Sultan Salah ad-Dine seized it in 1188). In mid-June 2012, the Sunni enclave of al-Haffeh, above Lattakia, suffered from massive regime bombardment when the Free Syrian Army held it for a few days. Saladin’s castle, 6 km uphill, was also hit. Described by Lawrence of Arabia as one of the most beautiful fortresses of the Orient, illustrated in his doctoral dissertation, it is in fact a city bordered to the north by a 30-metre deep moat dug into the limestone around a drawbridge pinnacle, and to the south by a lower town with unexcavated houses lost in a maze of thick bush and thorns. In between, what was standing was a citadel whose foundations go back to Byzantine Emperor John Tzimikès, who when a general reconquered the coastal Levant in AD 982, seizing it from the Shia Hamdanid dynasty ruling in Aleppo. There is precious little information on the current state of a Crusader keep three storeys high where the Southern French Puylaurens noble family resided in the mid-12th century, nor is anything known of the fate of the hammam (the baths) built by Mamluk sultan Baibars and excavated by a French-Syrian expedition funded by the Agha Khan.

Some of the intact Crusader towers at Saladin’s castle

(author’s photograph, 2010)

As for Qala‘at al-Husn, the Krak des Chevaliers guarded by the Hospitalliers religious order before it surrendered to the same sultan Rukn ad-Dîn Baibars in 1271, it has suffered even more extensive destruction. “Baibar’s tower”, a 13th century AD underground hammam inside the keep, an assembly hall for knights with a famous warning inscription in Latin against “pride”, and the chapel – some of the earliest examples of Gothic architecture in the Levant – were targeted on July 13th, 2013, by MIG fighter jets. These disloged with heavy ordnance FSA insurgents who were using this strategic vantage point overlooking the Homs corridor, the Buqeia of the Crusades.

 

Regime aerial bombing of the Baibars tower of the Krak des Chevaliers

 

Pictures showing regime artillery bombing of the entrance to the Apamea Qala‘at al-Mudiq medieval citadel in March 2012, and its aftermath (published online by APSA)

 

A view of Sergilla in the Jebel Zawiya in 2010 (photograph by the author). Since 2012, hundreds of internally displaced families from the region have taken shelter in this almost entirely preserved Byzantine village.

It is unclear whether Unesco, as well as discussing heritage awareness with refugees, plans to resettle the locals who have sheltered in the Late Roman and Byzantine 4th-5th century AD tombs, cisterns and houses of Sergilla, Baoude, Al-Bara, Ruwaiha and other Jebel Zawiyeh “Dead Cities”. Will the issue of why they have taken refuge there in the first place – because of Assad’s incessant bombing of civilians, bakeries, infrastructure, clinics in Maaret an-Nu‘man, Saraqeb, in the Ghâb Orontes valley and al-Bara – be addressed by this UN institution? The safeguarding of heritage is nothing more than one aspect of a huge list of grievances, at the top of which is the very survival and safety of a population driven home by a state terror campaign from the air.

What do the Roman temple, church and monastery of Deir Cheroubim at 1800 metres above sea level look like now, since the army has used it as a strategic stronghold for tanks and artillery? In early 2013, this mountaintop, a holy Christian site above Saidnaya, some 48 km north of Damascus in the Anti-Lebanon mountains, was used as a military base for Assad’s loyalist forces. Even worse, it became a target of fighting between Islamic Front fighters and the regime’s army during the Qalamoun battle in November 2013, when anti-Assad forces were disloged by Hezbollah militiamen and army troops from the nearby towns of Rankous, Deir ‘Atiyeh and Yabroud. The entire two-million-dollar UNESCO budget would not even be enough to restore this site 150 metres in diametre, which, though not the focus of Western tourism before 2011, was a popular destination for Syrians on a summer day out from Damascus. Deir Cheroubim is one of these Roman mountain cult sites dotting all slopes of the Anti-Lebanon mountains around sacred Mount Hermon (the Senir of the Bible and Phoenicians). Another example similar to Cheroubim is for instance Burqush, a place that became inaccessible to tourists after the 2006 war in Lebanon and was threatened even before the conflict. A huge platform with a temple and Byzantine basilica, the site was already under threat from army camps nearby in this most sensitive of areas near the Lebanese and Israeli-occupied Golan Heights borders. Both sites, on mountaintops with breathtaking views over the Damascus region, are part of a unique territory, elements of a sacred mountain dedicated in Aramaean times to the Storm God Hadad and in the Roman period to Zeus and Helios the sun deity (in Hebbariyeh and Deir ‘Ashayer in Lebanon, similar Roman cult-places survive as well-preserved monuments).

And then there are the mounds, the tells. Thousands of them from the Jazira near Qamishli to the Hawran, from Abou Kemal by Iraq to Syria’s earliest village at Tell Qaramel north of Aleppo. Those of many cities layered like Black Forest cakes. Those where battles of momentous importance for the history of the Near East were fought. Those whose layers go back to the pre-pottery Neolithic period (PPNA), c. 9000 BCE. Those where wars were won and then celebrated on reliefs at Abou Simbel and in the Theban Ramesseum in Egypt, or on clay tablets and treaties in cuneiform Akkadian from Hattuša, the Hittite imperial capital in modern Turkey. The battle for Qussayr must have greatly affected Tell Nabi Mend, where since 2012 fighting had been heavy. This artificial small mountain of mud brick and stone overlooking the Orontes, a few miles north of the Lebanese border, is of course where the clash of two empires took place, the disputed territory of one of antiquity’s most famous battles. In fact Qadesh-on-the-Orontes was where Ramesses II claimed to have saved the day and charged Muwatalli’s army on a chariot or where he ran for his life, according to which propaganda – Hittite or Egyptian – one is to believe. Qadesh was where, c. 1286 BCE, the Egyptian army was lured into a trap by spies acting as captured prisoners. These pretended to confess under duress information of paramount strategic importance. The irony is that this Ramesside propaganda echoes that of Assad’s claims to victory at nearby Qussayr, a town reduced to rubble in May 2013. Qussayr is a battle which was won thanks to Hezbollah mercenaries, with massive losses among Syrian army troops. It seems that Nabi Mend, a site excavated in the 1980s by a British team of archaeologists and now an army encampment, was severely damaged by tanks and trenches.

One could also mention Tell Sheikh Hamed at the other end of Syria, the Middle (1300-1100 BCE) and Late (900-610 BCE) Assyrian city of Dur-Katlimmu, an upper mound and a giant lower city of immense size; in fact this was the largest 7th and 6th century BCE metropolis in Syria. It was resettled in one go by the Assyrian governor Nergal-Eresh, and rebuilt over an artifical canal dug by deportees (the Nahr Dawrin, a 200 km long waterwork feeding from the Habur upstream near Hassake). Since 1979 a “Red Palace” of Nabuchadnezzar’s Babylonian empire, a 500-tablet cuneiform archive of the same age discovered in 1998, a Late Bronze Age palace with similar tablets belonging to Assur’s king Tukulti-Ninurta I (1241-1207 BCE), are but a fraction of the immensely important discoveries made there by Berlin’s Free University Professor Harmut Kuhne and Assyriologists Wolfgang Röllig, Karen Radner and Eva Cançik-Kirschbaum. The site, 40 km west of the Wadi ‘Ajij, a gateway into Iraq and a no-man’s land, is a strategic crossroad. It therefore became a battle ground between FSA brigades and the Syrian army in mid-2012. Now the region is inaccessible and under the control of the most extreme, fanatic and violent of fundamentalist militias, ISIL – known to Syrians as Da‘esh. Their black flags of darkness now loom like stagnant clouds over the Deir ez-Zor, Raqqa and Hassake governorates, and little information on heritage or anything else trickles to the outside.

The means that the regime has used to destroy entire settlements, its disregard both for human life and for the houses and churches and residences and palaces built by tens of generations –those mentioned above in this article are but a minute fraction – should make organizations think twice before inviting Syria’s civil servants and officials to international conferences on heritage and restoration. Museum officials from the Damascus General Directorate, whose denunciations have been selective to say the least and who have indirectly or even straightforwardly lent credit to Assad’s narrative, will never voice any opposition to his relentless bombing campaigns. And they will even less be capable of doing something about looting and destructions affecting sites in areas which have expelled the Syrian dictator’s henchmen.

Those who have extensively documented the damage done to remains, those who have exposed crimes against heritage and barbaric, criminal behaviour towards a resource to be shared by all Syrians and which forms an essential ingredient for future peace and national cohesion, are all from civil society. At great risk for their own lives, they have forwarded countless snippets of information on what has actually occurred to the locations archaeologists had surveyed and cleared for decades. A network of dedicated students, of conscientious volunteers in Aleppo, in the Jazira, in the Hawran, in the Wadi Nessara, in the Orontes and Euphrates valleys and elsewhere, has been documenting the last three years of damage. It is archaeology students at Aleppo University who saved an Ayyubid 12th century wooden minbar (a prayer platform) from being obliterated to splinters by shells from the frontline. They are the ones who collected the hewn basalt and limestone stones of the 11th century Aleppo mosque minaret, which collapsed from tank shell bombing when this religious space was on the frontline. Their information and their actions are the infinitely precious pieces of a huge jigsaw puzzle to be assembled when ISIL and the regime, who feed on each other’s actions, hopefully recede into oblivion. These students and youth have witnessed the extent of the tragedy affecting Doura Europos over the Euphrates, a city in the steppe where Palmyrenes, Parthians, Romans, Jews, Mesopotamians and Greeks mingled and where at least six languages were spoken before it fell in AD 256 to the Sassanian Persians. Now Doura, the city of the painted synagogue showing Moses crossing the Red Sea, of the palaces of the strategos and Dux Ripae Greek and Roman generals, of the temples of so many local and Greek gods (Zeus Megistos, Zeus hypsistos, the Gaddê, Nabû god of wisdom and writing…) lies in probably what is now the world’s most unsafe area.

The fortification walls of Doura Europos in the spring, looking northeast toward the Euphrates river valley (author’s photograph, 2009)

These brave – one could say foolhardy – Syrians, armed and funded with nothing but good will and passion, were instrumental in the creation of independent NGOs working on a shoestring such as APSA (Association for the Saveguarding of Syrian Heritage) and Ila Souria, a think-tank of architects, historians, lawyers and intellectuals regularly discussing reconstruction. Nevertheless, it is under the pressure of regime officials and their representative at Unesco, Lamia Shakkur, that they were banned from publically exposing the results of their work at UNESCO. Because of what they see as discrimination motivated by a regime whose authority they do not acknowledge, APSA and Ila Souria decided to boycott the event.

The Second century AD Roman temple, reconstructed as a church, within the Deir Cheroubim monastery compound near Saidnaya (author’s photograph).

This is not to say that the regime is the only party responsible for the damage to Syria’s monuments, cities and mounds. Assad’s forces barbarity is paralleled by the local equivalent of the Taliban. Countless examples of ISIL/Da‘esh’s gratuitous and hysterical violence against any remain from pre-Islamic times abound. One of the latest took place at Tell ‘Ajaja, the ancient city of Šadikanni and one of the Middle East’s earliest excavations, a place where in 1849 Sir Henry Austin Layard found a lamassu, a human-headed bull that guarded Assyrian palaces. Illicit looting has taken place since the Syrian conflict’s onset at this 15 hectare site some 25 km upstream from Tell Sheikh Hamed. Assyrian statues and relics found there were seized by Da‘esh Jihadis and reduced to dust, a crime recalling the terrible obliteration of the Bamiyan Buddhas in March 2001. The fate of the Deir ez-Zor Museum, which houses a huge fraction of the Mari archive, all the third and fourth millennium BCE finds from the Jazira and those of Roman and Parthian Dura Europos, is unknown. Yet the worse is to be expected in a city to a great extent controlled by this Jihadi movement and whose late Ottoman souks were the scene of heavy fighting in 2013. In the terrorized city of Raqqa, the city ISIL ruthlessly rules since 2013, a unique sculpture preserved in a public garden was smashed to pieces by these fundamentalist extremists. It was a lion inscribed in three languages (hieroglyphic Luwian, Assyrian cuneiform and in the Aramaic akphabet). It had been taken there decades ago from Arslan Tash, an acient city lying 90 kms north on the Turkish border, where a French team had excavated in the 1930s, discovering an Assyrian “palace” (in fact probably a huge temple). This lion carved by the turtânu (general in command) Shamshi-Ilu, ruling the West as a vice-roy for the Assyrian king, was incidentally a proof of the ethnic, cultural and linguistic diversity of northern Syria in the 9th and 8th century BCE.

The destruction of century-old Sufi shrines, and of the graves of Shia mujtahids (Islamic law scholars) and saints are also part of Daesh-ISIL’s agenda, and indirectly serve that of the Assad regime. The extremist movement led by al-Baghdadi has thus done what the Syrian dictator had dreamt of for months since 2011: plunging the country into a sectarian abyss, which would drive thousands of Iraqi and Lebanese Shias to flock to Assad under the guise of protecting “Sayyida Zaynab”’s shrine. Such crimes against both history and the country’s social and religious fabric should be denounced as much as those of the regime, which feeds and thrives on the medieval behaviour of jihadi militias.

The NGOs APSA and Ila Souria have been very clear in their condemnation of all crimes against heritage and Syria’s historical and social fabric. They have been also frank about their refusal be part of a conference where, as they have pointed out on their Facebook page, they would “merely … be the audience, as result of pressure exerted by representatives of the Damascus regime, something which was communicated to us by the organizers themselves [UNESCO]”. In fact, at the three-day symposium, “none of the experts or representatives of associations working in the regions of Syria not under regime control are to express themselves in this conference, while representatives of the Ministry of Culture and of the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums in Damascus will be present and giving lectures at all sessions”. Their refusal to attend was also a way of protesting against focus on experts who “have carried out no concrete action inside Syria” and against “criteria used for choosing participants, which are unclear, and have never been made explicit and transparent”. Strasbourg university Assistant Professor Philippe Quenet, who has lived and worked extensively in the field in Syria and Mesopotamia for many years and who is one of the founders of both Patrimoine Syrien en Danger and APSA, added that “to refuse to go to a conference where it would be unable to speak out to the audience was a question of dignity”, but this did not imply “absence of cooperation with parties really interested in working on the ground and promoting concrete actions to save Syria’s heritage.” In fact, strategies for cooperation on this matter were to be presented by these civil society NGOs at the next ICAANE conference on Near Eastern archaeology, in a workshop on Syria is on June 10th.

Asma al-Assad visiting a trench on the 2450 BCE acropolis of Tell Mardikh/Ebla, near Palace G, close to were 17,000 cuneiform tablets were found in 1974

 

“A Political Economy Lens on the Syrian Revolution’s Shifting Landscape” By Dr. Sherifa Zuhur

6 Oct

“A Political Economy Lens on the Syrian Revolution’s Shifting Landscape.”

 

Dr. Sherifa Zuhur, IMEISS

 

(Oral version. Not for citation or circulation without notification to the author sherifazuhur@gmail.com)

 

Presented to the Workshop “Businessmen in Arms: How the Military and Other Armed Groups Profit in the MENA.” Bonn International Center for Conversion, Bonn Germany, October 1, 2014.

 

Syrians of all sects and income levels are waging a revolution after decades of praetorian/security services, authoritarian rule.  Secondarily, Syria now features a regional and international struggle between Assad’s government and his allies – primarily Russia, Iran, which considers Syria, it’s 35th province, and the revolutionaries and their allies (which have included the U.S., U.K., U.A.E., Egypt, Italy, Turkey, France, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and others). On a third level, this conflict represents a new jihadist front as a spillover from Iraq and also into Lebanon. This is the target of the recently announced international coalition.

 

My paper partially concerned the military balance of the conflict and what it portends.   While reliant on estimates, troop or personnel numbers, weaponry and capabilities may provide a window onto the longevity of a conflict. The American revolutionary war took 8 years (1775 -1783), Fidel Castro ousted Batista of Cuba after seven years. The revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt were swiftly enacted –– in 27 days in Tunisia and 17 days in Egypt — because their militaries assented to regime change and both were incomplete revolutions. In Libya, where international intervention took place, the ‘war stage’ was about eight months, but then entered a different stage of militia warfare with the re-establishment of some local services. The uncertain tenure of a revolutionary phase may be punctuated or followed by incidents which appear to be game-changers (the Bay of Pigs for Cuba, for example) but that are interpreted quite differently in hindsight.

The staying power of warring groups is also beginning to rely on “‘markets of violence’ as defined by Georg Elwert: “areas dominated by civil wars, warlords or robbery in which a self-perpetuating system (italics are mine) emerges and links nonviolent commodity markets with the violent acquisition of goods.” (proper endnotes appear in the full written version of this paper).

However the problems of applying this latter formula to the Syrian revolution are that a) the situation does not equate to civil war (the claim has been made to argue for the rights of combatants under the Geneva convention, etc.) b) Many of the economic activities fitting into the markets of violence existed before this conflict. A * is used to indicate a pre-existing market of this nature in the list below.

Syria possessed a shadow, or black market economy for years, possibly 25% of its income & this has expanded during the revolution, and c) The most important economic aspect of the conflict is probably the transfer of funds by external sponsors which more directly influence the military balance d) because the profits obtained through the markets of violence are uncertain figures which accrue to loyalists, rebels, and also to criminals or other non-combatants, it is difficult to calculate their effects.

 

Rebels, loyalists and criminals now raise cash from

 

  1. Most have been of Syrian citizens held for smaller ransom, from $2000 to $20000; in some cases, Qatar’s government has paid hefty ransoms (for the nuns of Maaloula and Fijian UN peacemakers)  foreign journalists were held for huge ransoms or beheaded as we saw by ISIS which serve as a recruitment device for the group & a means of declaring war on the US & the UK.. http://m.aljazeera.com/story/201310141237791322
  2. Drug smuggling.* – this involves hashish, much of it smuggled from Lebanon where the govt. has been unable to raid producers as in years past; heroin, cocaine and Captagon which is an amphetamine using fenytillin (made in Syria but also in S.eastern Europe and Turkey & used by fighters on both sides & smuggled out for profit – often to the Gulf http://www.thenational.ae/uae/health/drug-lords-cash-in-on-syrias-collapse

 

  1. Arms smuggling* to the fighters. These rings have been operated by tribes in border areas and long predate the conflict. There are naturally new actors and methods of arms acquisition, again coming in over the borders.

 

  1. Human trafficking. Version I – smuggling out of refugees. These pay a fee to get to the border. In other instances, they pay to be smuggled from second points to southern or northern Europe.

 

  1. Antiquities smuggling* In some cases, from UNESCO sites designated as being in danger. These transfer to Lebanon and elsewhere, but the routes and agents began their careers, in some cases, during the civil war in Lebanon.

 

  1. Human trafficking. Version II – Prostitution and the sale of women as temporary wives. The trade in women and girls burgeoned in some areas like Damascus, with the influx of Iraqi refugees, and that was fairly well-documented, while the reports include activities of marriage brokers and impact Syrians inside and outside of Syria.

 

  1. Oil, diesel , and gas.  Syria’s official oil exports have ceased with a loss of 20 billion dollars. ISIS, Nusra and other groups are benefitting, but so are the tribes who hold rights to the oil wells in some areas. They sell to the armed groups and the armed groups sell some oil to the Assad govt. The Kurdish YPG controlled fields had won them from Nusra, setting up a new refining company the Distributing al-Jazeera’s Fuel (KSC).

 

ISIS is smuggling out diesel fuel & the revenues benefit Turkish border areas, not only ISIS.   Nusra has been selling gas as well.

 

  1. h)   Criminal networks’ use of children in the sales of contraband or smuggled   goods, as for instance children working to sell smuggled cigarettes in Turkey. http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/syrian-children-exploited-in-sale-of-smuggled-cigarettes-in-turkey.aspx?PageID=238&NID=64162&NewsCatID=341

 

 

Much of my paper dealt with the factionalizing effect of payments made by governments and individuals to the rebels.  This effort to map the changes, especially on the rebel side was complicated by the efforts made by researchers to either inflate the efficacy of the leadership of the Free Syrian Army, the overstatements regarding the salafi-jihadist groups in the country, or efforts by other research institutes to promote the likelihood of a stalemate or worthiness of Assad’s tenure, and not least, by the war of words in social media over the issue.

 

This data led to the following conclusions:

 

  1. Markets of violence behave differently in revolutionary situations than in long-lasting endemic smaller scale conflicts

 

  1. The Syria revolution (like some other revolutions) has united and divided both its backers and opponents.

 

  1. It cannot be resolved through economic means. Violence is being waged to create or prevent a systemic change. The aim for political transformation is the dog wagging the tail of economic activities to sustain the conflict and not the reverse.

 

I made an effort in the paper to examine various assertions and claims that the conflict has been provoked through economic transformation. Certain commentators hold that transitions from state socialism to neoliberalism were the reason for Arab Spring revolutions. However, state socialism was never complete and nor tenable in Syria; there was no society-wide transition to a flourishing neoliberalism despite the infitah there. Rather, the efforts to separate economic from political liberalization accompanied a process where benefits accrued mostly to a small circle of businessmen and leading families who supported Bashar al-Assad’s “New Syria.”

 

Instead, the regime’s brutal response to nonviolent demonstrations in 2011 was the main trigger to revolution. Bouthaina Shaaban (a key advisor both to Hafez al-Assad and then, Bashar al-Assad ) suggested that financial aid be given to the rural areas, which had experienced great privations, but not revolted under the Assads for years. The protesters, who were not professional activists, were so angered by the governments’ actions and so exhausted by its political suppression, that they mocked her proposition, calling for an end to political ‘slavery.’

 

  1. Syria’s military was quite large for a country of its size, deliberately so with an aim to counter Israel, but it lacked a large-scale Military Inc. or milbus (the term used by Ayesha Siddiqa for Pakistan) sector as was described by other presenters in this workshop for Egypt or Jordan. Syria, however has possessed a medium-scale set of military/industrial/research endeavors and so, an exception to the first statement was Syria’s SCUD missiles production which was jointly accomplished with Iran and North Korea. Otherwise, Syria was reliant on weapons procurement from other countries and aid and training from the USSR, causing its military to adopt a centralized, authoritarian, low-risk style of warfare as Tony Cordesman has pointed out — ill-suited to confronting guerilla tactics. Syria has a significant chemical and biological weapons program, also developed with Israel in mind. At the outset of the revolution, Assad had approximately 295,000 troops plus 314,000 reserves and its military intelligence, known as the mukhabarrat and the forces of the General. Security Directorate, and Political Security Directorate which captures, interrogates and tortures rebels (paramilitaries also now operate checkpoints).

 

The revolution fractured Assad’s conventional forces. Defections began in July of 2011, resulting in he new Free Syrian Army umbrella (of numerous battalions and groups) which had then merged with the Free Officers Movement.  Defections continued until 100,000 had left, and travel restrictions on males were imposed. Family members left behind were often arrested, tortured or faced property destruction, meaning that the loyalty of many who remained was also at question. Distrust of Sunni rank and file and reserves reduced the deployable size of Assad’s army troops. He has relied on his air force (and these are mostly Sunni, so the sectarian argument is not an overarching explanation, the Republican Guard, 4th division and Special Forces, but also on paramilitaries.

 

Syria’s shabiha, militias which operate like gangs or mafias, predate this conflict, and obtain funds from businessmen and the government as well as through smuggling – in the past, they dealt in cigarettes and other controlled products from food to batteries, or smuggled hashish, and antiquities. They have been accused of some of the worst atrocities in the fighting, as for example in the Houla massacres (25 May 2012) and reportedly are paid about $500 a month. National Defense Forces were also established; these are civilian militias who obtain their salaries from the Assad government. Altogether these Syrian militias were estimated at 60,000.  The foreign fighters bolstering the loyalists consist of Hizbullah of Lebanon, (5,000 est.) at least 14 Iraqi Shi`a groups, and Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps advisors and a Syrian militia trained and operated by IRGC and Hizbullah operatives. These are waging jihad at least as fervently as the Sunni salafi-jihadists on the other side, with sectarian as well as political aims. This must be viewed alongside the immense amounts of credit have been extended by Iran to Syria and cash and weapons were provided both by Iran and Russia,

 

  1. The rebels are nonviolent revolutionary activists and about 1,500 armed groups. Dividing them into “secular” and salafi-jihadist is imprecise. Syria, like so many countries in the region underwent an Islamic revival in the ‘90s. Analysts have also suggested a differentiation between salafi-jihadists with nationalist goals and those with global aims.

 

The rebel forces have taken much of the country & that is due to the fact that

 

  • the nonviolent revolutionaries are still viewed as “worthy resistance” – in Charles Tilly’s language . Their goal is a free, democratic, nonsectarian Syria with a civilian government and rule of law. They have received training and funding from outside of Syria for example, in the use of video-making and branding, democracy education, and governance.
  • political and financial support by foreign governments of the formal political opposition structure – the National Coalition for Syrian Revolutionary and Opposition Forces.
  • Religious (and thus ideological) and financial support by governmental and private donors to the salafist fighting groups and the Free Syrian Army.

 

The middle section of my paper concerns the largest fighting groups – the umbrella group of Free Syrian Army which includes non-salafi and more or less extreme salafi groups; the Jabhat Nusra and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Sham; Older and newer Islamist coalitions like the Harakat Ahrar al-Sham – 13 of its leaders were recently assassinated – and newer ones like the Islamic Front and the Hazzm movement, and some of the Kurdish fighting movements and brief mention of the activities of the nonviolent movement’s organizations.

 

Funding is important to these groups in two ways 1) fighters require provisioning and stipends 2) those with more heavy weaponry could respond more effectively

 

The expansion of global jihad meant the salafi-jihadists very successfully used social media to fundraise & in turn, demonstrated the use of those funds to donors. And this could all be done on an individual basis, and is thus extremely difficult to track or interrupt.

 

  1. Since the summer of 2012, the FSA or ‘moderate’ elements of the revolution and confronted various problems

 

  1. chaotic infighting in the revolution, which was supposed to be managed – by a new structure. The Supreme Military Command set up in Dec. 2012

 

  1. continuing difficulties in obtaining heavy weaponry.

 

The US provided $26 million by 2013 and a total of $80 million in nonlethal assistance was promised, but not provided. As President Obama turned the question over to Congress to argue over sending weapons to the rebels, when he must have known they would balk, many experts thought he and his advisors wanted the FSA to be strong enough to prevent Assad from victory, but not able to prevail, thus requiring a political solution. A CIA program in Jordan was funded[i] but only for 1 ,000 to 3,000 troops; this is the program to be upgraded into a training for trainers effort to provide a force to fight ISIS and towards which some $4 billion is being reportedly allocated.

 

  1. Assad’s forces with Hizbullah and other militias managed, albeit with great difficulty – to recapture some areas (only three) – and the FSA’s battalions regrouped in various new alliances.

 

  1. The lessening of international pressure on Assad; the United Nations/Arab League special representative Lakhdar Brahimi declared his own mission a failure ; Obama’s brief threat against Syria for using sarin in attacks on August 25, 2013 was withdrawn as Russia negotiated that Syria to turn over its chemical weapons; and the meetings in Geneva last winter (’14) failed to produce any outcome.

 

  1. FSA leaders were involved in a sex scandal, gruesome videos and accused of war crimes even as thousands of photographs of Assad’s war crimes were obtained and shared in testimony to Congress by the mysterious Caesar, a Syrian defector .

 

  1. ISIS and Jabhat Nusra gained the most territory, while they together had had only about 10,000 troops last year, ISIS is now estimated by the CIA as being perhaps 30,000 (15,000) in Syria and 50,000 by Bill Roggio.  In January of 2014, a sub-war between ISIS and Jabhat Nusra, was launched, which did not result in ISIS’ defeat.

 

Reactions to the US-coalition launched war on ISIS and Nusra were being protested by rebels all over the country. Assad is presumably happy with the attacks on his foes, but unsure of the West’s next move.

 

Assad’s military’s dilemma, in Clausewitzian terms, is the diffusion of the conflicts’ center of gravity throughout the country, and his inability to extinguish the popular will for revolution.   The direct economic funding of the conflict is as crucial to his effort as it is to that of the revolutionaries. Whether the markets of violence, are or are not a determining factor, and merely a subsidiary aspect of the conflict remains to be seen.

 

[i] Yezid Sayigh. “Is Armed Rebellion on the Wane in Syria?” Carnegie Middle East Center, April 24, 21014. http://carnegie-mec.org/2014/04/24/is-armed-rebellion-in-syria-on-wane/h8z6#

 

Thoughts on the Proportion of Foreign Fighters in Syria

14 Sep

“Thoughts on the Proportion of Foreign Fighters in Syria “

 

Sherifa Zuhur   (please do not cite without permission, this is based on a chapter in an academic book on ‘markets of violence’ in the Syrian revolution.)

 

sherifazuhur@gmail.com

 

A plethora of media and ‘expert’ sources claim that ISIS’ numbers “may have” tripled – with the CIA’s estimate at 20,000 to 31,500 in Iraq and according to some, 50,000 (an exaggerated figure) in Syria.[1]   Last year, some sources claimed Jabhat Nusra and ISIS were no more than 7,000 to 10,000[2] (together), with only 5,000 “official” Nusra members (BBC), Nusra’s leaders claimed they have 15,000 or 20,000 troops. ISIS’ approximate size in 2013 was calculated at 5,000 to 6,000 fighters.[3]

 

Reasons given for the increase are a) an increase in foreign fighters, despite the fact that international authorities were alerted last year to the danger of foreign fighters returning to their own home countries and began serious review of travelers; or b) other fighters joining ISIS or tribes joining ISIS (a trend seen in Iraq, but not particularly in Syria although some tribes are participating).

 

Western media are using a figure of 12,000 (or 11,000) foreign fighters as of late summer 2014 in Syria – which means that the overall figure of 100,000 rebel fighters must have increased (despite a fairly high casualty rate). On Sept. 8, a figure was given of 3,000 fighters from Tunisia participating in the Syrian revolution  by Peter Neumann at ICSR at King’s College.[4]  Contrast this with a U.S. Congressional report said that U.S. intelligence had estimated 7,500 foreign fighters were in Syria as of February 2014.[5] Are nearly half the fighters, Tunisian? No. Then, how accurate are these assessments? And are we concerned about them as a determinant of the salafi-jihadists’ rapid growth?  Or as predictors of a campaign against salafi-jihadists (yes) and the probability of rebels overcoming Assad’s forces (yes) or at least holding their own?

 

Can we properly assess the size of salafi-jihadists’ forces as a whole (given that some include ‘nationalist salafis’ like Ahrar al-Sham, and some do not, and with claims that the Jaysh al-Islam, for example is at 50,000 alone). The ICSR had also claimed (in 2013) that foreign jihadists are only 10% of the opposition. Once again, the size of the revolution (‘insurgency’) is debated: the U.S. estimates 75,000 to as high as 115,000.[6]

Is the danger of blowback from foreign fighters being exaggerated, given that their primary goals are in Syria?  The al-Qa’ida movements have already given us a great deal of information about the reasons that foreign nationals join a global jihad movement in a particular local battle.

Let’s review some of the other information from last year:  Syria was already seen as a jihadist magnet more powerful than Afghanistan or Yemen, a year ago.[7] Analysts claimed, then that 40% to 80% of groups like Nusra and ISIS are foreign fighters, although identifications of slain fighters do not support such claims.[8]   Officials thought that perhaps 700 or 800 salafi-jihadists had traveled to Syria from Jordan and about 100 were killed there.[9] Numbers of Tunisian (600), Saudi Arabian[10], Libyan, and Iraqi fighters are significant. An estimated 100 Chechen fighters were in Syria.[11] The FBI has identified 100 American Muslims fighting in Syria, France had identified 150 French jihadists, and the Spanish government arrested Wahhabists in Ceuta who sent 50 fighters to Syria.[12] British authorities estimated that 200 UK nationals are fighting in Syria, but have only positively identified twenty;[13] and twenty Dutch fighters, mostly of Moroccan descent, were in Syria (with six killed) led by Abu Fida’a;[14] Swedish Security Services estimated 30 Swedes traveled to Syria to fight, and a senior security official claimed 80 Australians are fighting in Syria, perhaps 20 with Jabhat al-Nusra.[15] At least 40 Tehrik-i-Taliban (TTP) fighters have fought in Syria[16]; out of perhaps 100 Pakistani fighters in Syria. The TTP leaders run a network with Lashkar e-Jhangvi bringing militants to Syria,[17] who likely fought with Hafiz Gul Bahadur group members in the Katibat Muhajirun in Latakia under Abu Jafar al-Libi. An ISIS video from July 2013 showed 10 to 20 TTP fighters in Syria,[18] and 30 slain Pakistani fighters’ bodies were returned to Pakistan in September.[19] Anywhere from “several” to 50 Indonesians are thought to be in Syria.[20] The Katibat Taliban (KaT) who fight the Kurdish-Syrian PYD were reportedly paid an initial sum equal to $1000.[21] (I am looking at the economic aspects of the fighting elsewhere, in a book on the political economy of conflicts in Arab tates).

 

Although many of governments put measures in place to apprehend those traveling to Syria, jihadists have succeeded in traveling like a Saudi engineer, who left his job to join the jihad,[22] al-Sharikh (Sanafi al-Nasr), a cousin of Osama bin Ladin, who formerly fought in Chechnya and Afghanistan, and Abu `Awan al-Shamani who set off a Nusra suicide bomb at the French hospital in Aleppo.[23] Saudi Arabia has arrested jihadists on their return from Syria; 1,200 had traveled to Syria by 2013 [24] and now estimates are at anywhere from 1,500 to 2,500.

The Tunisian Minister of Interior offered the number of 2,400 fighters in June of 2014, without specifying any sources. [25]  Unclear numbers of Libyans are fighting in Syria, having undergone training in Libya.

Some claim 600 foreign fighters were killed in Syria in the first half of 2013. That is a fairly small proportion of rebels killed as a whole. However, the website Syrian Martyrs had only documented 326 foreign fighters deaths by June of 2014 (and this source documents deaths even when identification by name is not made).

 

Lest we forget, there are at least 10,000 foreign Shi`i fighters in Syria as well – and again these are estimated numbers. And we might remember that the Hizbullah and other Shi`i fighters are also hostile to a democratic way of life, have slaughtered Syrian civilians, and yet, they are not the subject of the current frenzy of concern over foreign fighters.

 

With the dramatic beheadings of U.S. journalists and a U.K. aid worker in Syria, it is difficult not to exaggerate the overall threat to the West, and recall that the context of these fighting groups and others, as well as a non-violent revolutionary movement is the effort to bring down the government of Bashar al-Assad.    From this brief review, we may deduce that if the higher numbers of foreign fighters are correct, the size of the revolutionary forces is higher than estimated (or at the high end of current estimates).

 

 

[1]New York Post, September 12, 2014 . http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/isis-muster-20-000-31-500-fighters-triple-previous-estimates-cia-article-1.1937563

 

[2] Noman Benotman and Roisin Blake. “Jabhat al-Nusra lil-Ahl al-Sham min Mujahedin al-Sham fi Sahat al-Jihad.” Strategic Briefing. Qulliam Foundation, n.d. http://www.quilliamfoundation.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/publications/free/jabhat-al-nusra-a-strategic-briefing.pdf Estimates 5,000. An estimate of 6,000 to 7,000 is given by Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center. “”The Al Nusra Front.” September, 23, 2013, http://www.terrorism-info.org.il/Data/articles/Art_20573/E_076_13_1861409435.pdf

The group was established in 2012, claimed to double with new recruits including jihadists returning from Iraq, or traveling from overseas.

 

[3] “Al Qaeda’s Syrian Strategy.” Foreign Policy, October, 10, 2013.

 

[4] ABC News, September 8, 2014. http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/expert-12000-foreign-fighters-syria-25364064

 

[5] Remarks by James R. Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, to the Senate Armed Services Committee, February 11, 2014.

 

[6] Congressional Research Service. “Armed Conflict in Syria.” June 27, 2014, 3.

 

[7] Kristina Wong, “Foreign Fighters Surpass Afghan-Soviet War, Storm Syria in Record Numbers,” Washington Times, October 20, 2013.

 

[8] These can be obtained on a daily basis, when they are identified (identification is not always possible) via the Local Coordination Committees in Syria of the SOHR.

 

[9] Interview with Mohammed al-Shalabi, a Jordanian Salafi-jihadi leader, on August 9, 2013, see Suha Philip Ma’ayeh. “Jordanian Jihadists Active in Syria.” Countering Terrorism Sentinel, October 24, 2013. http://www.ctc.usma.edu/posts/jordanian-jihadists-active-in-syria; “10 Salafists Enter Aleppo Through Turkey,” al-Ghad, October 7, 2013; Muwaffaq Kamal,  “The Salafi Jihadi Denies Establishing a Murabitoon Brigade,” al-Ghad, September 23, 2013; “Teenage Jordanian ‘Jihadist’ Killed in Syria,” Jordan Times, February 28, 2013; Hassan Tammimi, “Jordanian Salafi from Rusaifa Killed in Syria,” al-Ghad, August 4, 2013.

 

[10] John Kerry inaccurately claimed there were no Saudi Arabian fighters in Syria in June of 2013, despite the reported death of a Nusra commander, Kasura al-Jazrawi in May 2013. CNS News.com June 25, 2013.   In October, 2013, the Mufti of Saudi Arabia issued a statement to discourage Saudi engagement in jihad in Syria even as 16 year old Moath al-Hamili arrived to fight. Global Voices, October 1, 2013. http://globalvoicesonline.org/2013/10/01/the-16-year-old-saudi-who-is-fighting-in-syria/

 

[11] “Битва за Ичкерию перекинулась на Сирию,” Kommersant, July 26, 2013 http://www.kommersant.ru/doc/2241167

 

[12] Newsweek, October 25, 2013.

 

[13] Jenny Cuffe, “Who Are the British Jihadists in Syria?” BBC News, October 15, 2013.

 

[14] Samar Batrawi, “The Dutch Foreign Fighter Contingent in Syria.” CTC Sentinel, October 24, 2013.

 

[15]Per Gudmundson, “The Swedish Foreign Fighter Contingent in Syria.” CTC Sentinel, September 24, 2013; Zammit, Andrew. “Tracking Australian Foreign Fighters in Syria.” CTC Sentinel, November 26, 2013.

 

[16] Zia Ur Rahman, “Pakistani Fighters Joining the War in Syria.” CTC Sentinel, [Countering Terrorism Center] September 24, 2013.

 

[17] Ahmed Wali Mujeeb, “Pakistan Taliban ‘Sets up a Base in Syria,’” BBC, July 12, 2013; Maria Golovnina and Jibran Ahmad, “Pakistan Taliban Set Up Camps in Syria, Join Anti-Assad War,” Reuters, July 14, 2013.

 

[18] “Video Confirms Pakistani Taliban’s Presence In Syria,” The Middle East Media Research Institute, August 1, 2013.

 

[19] Aqeel Yousafzai, “Taliban se muzakraat Hukmaran band gali mai,” Hum Shehri [Lahore], September 9-15, 2013.

 

[20] AP News. “For Indonesian Jihadists: Civil War in Syria Beckons.” Townhall.com January 10, 2014.

[22] Shown here after shooting rabbits in the desert, a favorite male pastime. “Mudir “Kahraba tarbiyya” yiktib “wastaituhu”wa ghadir ila Suriyya,al-Sabq 10/7/2013.

http://sabq.org/0qFfde

 

[23] Aaron Y. Zelin, “The Saudi Foreign Fighter Presence in Syria.” CTC Sentinel, April 28, 2014 https://www.ctc.usma.edu/posts/the-saudi-foreign-fighter-presence-in-syria

 

[24] Fahd al-Dhiyabi, “Saudi Interior Ministry Says 25 Percent of Fighters in Syria Have Returned,” Asharq Alawsat, March 24, 2014.

 

[25] Al Arabiyya, 23 June 2014. http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/2014/06/24/Ministry-around-2-400-Tunisians-fighting-in-Syria.html

 

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