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
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/
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 26 6 explosive devices found and dismantled near Church of Virgin Mary in Fayyoum.
Jan 26 Attempt to break into police station in Sharqiya foiled, aggressors arrested http://bit.ly/1xZCBgF
Jan 26 AnsarBaytalMaqdis releases video of their murder of Ayman El-Dessouki earlier this month, linking them to cause of
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.
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. 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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
Jan 2 Second bomb found near Cairo Mall on al-Haram St.
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