Sinai

In Egypt, Daesh Spreads Out of Sinai and Targets Minorities

By Jenna Le Bras Alexandria usually seems clear and sunny, but for a couple of days after the tragic event, the  seaside town was put under a bell. The sun stayed low and the hectic sea raged as the Egyptian flags were at half-mast. In mid April, coordinated suicide attacks on St. Mark’s Church, Egypt’s

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At the Root of Daesh in Egypt

By Jenna Le Bras “Two years ago, attacks were concentrated in Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah. Now, they also happen in Al Arish,” notes Ashraf Al Sharif, specialist of terrorist movements in Egypt, underlining the geographical progression of the group towards the west of the country. This area, (Al Arish, Sheikh Zuweid, Rafah), called “the triangle”

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Cairo Church Bombing Kills 25, Raises Fears Among Christians

By Ahmed Mohammed Hassan and Ali Abdelaty CAIRO, Dec 12 – A bombing at Cairo’s largest Coptic cathedral killed at least 25 people and wounded 49, many of them women and children attending Sunday mass, in the deadliest attack on Egypt’s Christian minority in years. The attack comes as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi fights battles

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Second Egyptian General Killed in Sinai in as Many Weeks

ISMAILIA, Egypt, Nov 4 – A senior Egyptian general was shot dead by militants on Friday near his home in North Sinai where a Daesh insurgency is raging, health and security sources said, the second such incident in as many weeks. Gunmen opened fire on Brigadier General Hesham Mahmoud Abualazm, 47, on the street from

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The Week in History: October 5 – October 11

Key events that shaped the region’s social, political and cultural history BY: Arfa Shahid  October 5, 1986: Iran-Contra Affair The Iran-Contra incident was a political scandal broken by Newsweek reporter Robert Patty in 1986, which shook the foundations of the second Reagan administration. The U.S. had been involved in a secret arms sale to Iran, despite

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Egypt’s Sisi Says Crash Investigation Will Take Time

CAIRO, May 22 – Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Sunday that an investigation into the cause of an EgyptAir plane crash could take a long time but the facts would be made public as soon as they were available. In his first public remarks on Thursday’s crash, which killed all 66 people on

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French Investigators Say Smoke Reported on EgyptAir Jet Before Crash

By Tim Hepher PARIS, May 21 – An EgyptAir jet sent a series of signals indicating that smoke had been detected on board before it crashed into the Mediterranean on Thursday, France’s air accident investigation agency said on Saturday. A spokesman for the BEA agency said the signals did not indicate what caused the smoke

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Egypt Finds Belongings, Debris from Plane Crash at Sea

By Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO, May 20 – The Egyptian navy said on Friday it had found the personal belongings of passengers and other debris floating in the Mediterranean, confirmation that an EgyptAir jet had plunged into the sea with 66 people on board. The military said it had found the debris about 290 km (180

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Human Rights on Trial in Egypt as NGO Funding Case Revived

By Lin Noueihed and Ahmed Aboulenein CAIRO, March 27 – Egypt has launched a new crackdown on human rights groups, questioning staff and ordering asset freezes over accusations they took foreign funding to destabilise the country after the 2011 uprising that ended Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule. Egyptian rights activists say they are facing the worst

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