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  • Egypt foiled extremist 'state' in Sinai, president says
    Egypt foiled extremist 'state' in Sinai, president says 23 hours ago

    CAIRO (AP) — President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, wearing battle dress for the first time in over a year, said Saturday that Egypt had foiled an attempt by the Islamic State group to seize territory and set up an extremist state with its recent assault on the military in the troubled northeastern part of the Sinai Peninsula. More »

  • Egypt's Sisi rallies troops in Sinai after IS attacks
    Egypt's Sisi rallies troops in Sinai after IS attacks 23 hours ago

    Egypt's president said Saturday the situation in the restive Sinai Peninsula, where dozens of soldiers, jihadists and civilians have been killed this week in yet more violence, is "totally stable". More »

  • Egypt marks 2nd anniversary of Islamist ouster with mourning
    Egypt marks 2nd anniversary of Islamist ouster with mourning Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Two years to the day after the army overthrew Egypt's Islamist president, the sounds coming from the mosque at Cairo's Tahrir Square were sadly telling. At the focal point of Egypt's upheavals, where authorities had hoped to stage celebrations, there was instead a prayer for the week's dead, including soldiers cut down by militants in Sinai and the country's chief prosecutor, assassinated by car bomb in the capital. More »

  • Three children, woman killed in Egypt's Sinai
    Three children, woman killed in Egypt's Sinai Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Three children and a woman were killed Saturday in a blast and when a shell struck a house in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula where troops are battling Islamic State group jihadists, officials said. More »

  • Egypt's extrajudicial killings
    Egypt's extrajudicial killings Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Egypt's regime is dominated by figures that believe in eradicationist policies. More »

  • Protests and Sinai clashes mark Egypt coup anniversary
    Protests and Sinai clashes mark Egypt coup anniversary Sat, Jul 4, 2015

    Two years since President Morsi was overthrown, Egypt's stability is unravelling. More »

  • Rockets land in Israel, Egypt's IS affiliate claims responsibility Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    By Maayan Lubell and Mostafa Hashem JERUSALEM/CAIRO (Reuters) - Militants in Egypt's Sinai peninsula fired rockets into southern Israel on Friday in an incident that caused no casualties but appeared to be linked to fighting between Islamist insurgents and Egyptian security forces. Islamic State's Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, said in a statement posted on Twitter by supporters that it had launched three Grad rockets towards "occupied Palestine". An Israeli military source earlier said the rockets had been fired from Sinai, which borders Israel, the Gaza Strip and the Suez Canal. More »

  • Islamic State's Egypt affiliate says it fired rockets at Israel - state … Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Islamic State's Egypt affiliate, Sinai Province, said on Friday in a statement posted on Twitter by supporters that it had launched three Grad rockets towards "occupied Palestine". Israeli police said earlier they had found rocket remnants in an open area. No damage or casualties resulted. An Israeli army source said the missile was launched from the Sinai Peninsula bordering Israel and Gaza. (Reporting by Mostafa Hashem; Writing by Stephen Kalin; Editing by Alison Williams) More »

  • Two rockets fired from Egypt's Sinai hit Israel: army
    Two rockets fired from Egypt's Sinai hit Israel: army Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Two rockets fired from Egypt's violence-plagued Sinai Peninsula exploded inside Israeli territory on Friday without causing casualties, a military spokesman said. More »

  • Poland advises its citizens against travel to Egypt Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Polish Foreign Ministry has advised its citizens against traveling to Egypt, and at least one major travel agency has responded by canceling package holidays to the country for the rest of the summer season. More »

  • Israel accuses Hamas of aiding Islamic State in Egypt
    Israel accuses Hamas of aiding Islamic State in Egypt Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    An Israeli general has accused members of Hamas in Gaza of providing support to militants linked to Islamic State in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, where the Egyptian army has fought deadly battles with Islamist insurgents in recent days. Major-General Yoav Mordechai, who oversees Israel's civilian policy towards Gaza, named members of Hamas's military wing he said were involved in training fighters of Islamic State, also known as ISIS, and smuggling wounded from Sinai into Gaza for treatment. More »

  • Egypt's Brotherhood says member tortured to death
    Egypt's Brotherhood says member tortured to death Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Muslim Brotherhood says authorities asked family of leading member to collect bruised body weeks after disappearance. More »

  • Two years after Morsi, Egypt stuck in turmoil
    Two years after Morsi, Egypt stuck in turmoil Fri, Jul 3, 2015

    Two years after the army deposed president Mohamed Morsi, Egypt is roiled by brazen Islamic State group attacks in the Sinai Peninsula and brutal government repression that has killed hundreds. More »

  • Egypt in 'a state of war'?
    Egypt in 'a state of war'? Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Cabinet drafts new "anti-terror" laws as fighters linked to ISIL attack Sinai and Muslim Brotherhood calls for revolt. More »

  • Egypt's warplanes strike back at militants in troubled Sinai
    Egypt's warplanes strike back at militants in troubled Sinai Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egyptian warplanes launched new airstrikes and troops went house-to-house Thursday in the troubled Sinai Peninsula, a day after Islamic State-linked militants set off the area's bloodiest fighting in decades in an unprecedented, coordinated attack. More »

  • Egypt passes new budget for fiscal year 2015-2016 Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt's president has approved a new budget for fiscal year 2015-2016, slashing the projected budget deficit to 8.9 percent of gross domestic product, the country's finance ministry said Thursday, in a move likely to please international creditors. More »

  • Egypt vows to wipe out 'dens of terror' after IS attacks
    Egypt vows to wipe out 'dens of terror' after IS attacks Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Egypt on Thursday pressed its campaign to crush an escalating insurgency in Sinai, vowing to wipe out "dens of terror" on the peninsula after a spectacular attack by jihadists killed dozens. More »

  • Islamic State in Egypt: Who can tame Sinai, the Wild West of North Africa?
    Islamic State in Egypt: Who can tame Sinai, the Wild West of North Africa? Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    On July 1, Islamic State (Isis) carried out its largest attack on the Sinai Peninsula to date. More »

  • Egypt's rising jihadist insurgency challenges Sisi in the Sinai
    Egypt's rising jihadist insurgency challenges Sisi in the Sinai Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Despite a two-year campaign, Egypt is facing an increasingly powerful and sophisticated insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula and the jihadist hotbed is emerging as President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's biggest challenge. More »

  • Two explosions heard in Egypt's Rafah, near Gaza border - witnesses Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - Two explosions were heard in the Egyptian town of Rafah, which borders the Gaza Strip, on Wednesday, security sources and witnesses said. The cause of the blasts was not immediately clear. The Egyptian army and Islamist militants have been embroiled in fighting for hours on Wednesday in North Sinai, after the militants attacked military checkpoints leaving 50 people dead. (Reporting by Yusri Mohamed; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Andrew Heavens) More »

  • Egypt government approves draft anti-terrorism, election laws Thu, Jul 2, 2015

    Egypt's cabinet approved draft anti-terrorism and election laws on Wednesday, the transitional justice minister said. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had promised a tougher legal system on Tuesday, after a car-bomb attack that killed the top public prosecutor, the highest-level state official to be killed in years. The cabinet said in a statement that the anti-terrorism legislation would provide "quick and just deterrence" against terrorism. More »

  • Egypt's North Sinai '100 percent under control' after clashes - … Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's military spokesman said on Wednesday the situation in North Sinai was "100 percent under control", following clashes with militants that left more than 100 people dead. The spokesman, Mohamed Sanir, was speaking by phone to state television. Islamic State's Egyptian affiliate, Sinai Province, had claimed responsibility for attacks on more than 15 security sites. The military said 17 of its soldiers were killed. (Reporting by Ali Abdelaty; Writing by Stephen Kalin; Editing by Leslie Adler) More »

  • The Latest: Muslim Brotherhood calls for Egypt 'rebellion'
    The Latest: Muslim Brotherhood calls for Egypt 'rebellion' Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — The latest news on the nine Muslim Brotherhood leaders killed in a Cairo apartment raid (all times local): More »

  • Muslim Brotherhood calls for 'rebellion' against el-Sissi, says leaders … Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Muslim Brotherhood calls for 'rebellion' against el-Sissi, says leaders in Egypt were murdered. More »

  • Egypt cabinet passes anti-terror law, requests faster trials
    Egypt cabinet passes anti-terror law, requests faster trials Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Egypt's government adopted a controversial anti-terror law and requested a faster court appeals process on Wednesday, after the president pledged tougher laws following the assassination of the top prosecutor. More »

  • Islamic State's strikes in Egypt: Is this a full-blown insurgency? Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The coordinated attacks Wednesday in the northern Sinai Peninsula that killed at least 70 Egyptian soldiers raised questions both about the effectiveness of the government's tactics to contain the burgeoning Islamist insurgency there as well as the evolution of militant groups aligned with the so-called Islamic State. The dozen or more attacks were the most sophisticated and challenging to the Egyptian state in Sinai, or anywhere else in the country for that matter, for decades. The Egyptian government has been battling militants off and in the Sinai for years. More »

  • A look at major militant attacks in Egypt
    A look at major militant attacks in Egypt Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Islamic militants unleashed a wave of simultaneous attacks Wednesday on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula. The coordinated assaults set off the fiercest clashes in decades in the peninsula, killing at least 64 soldiers and 90 insurgents, security and military officials said. More »

  • Wave Of Attacks Kill 70 Soldiers In Egypt
    Wave Of Attacks Kill 70 Soldiers In Egypt Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Islamist militants have killed at least 70 people in a series of coordinated attacks on several military checkpoints in Egypt's North Sinai. Security sources say 15 died when a car bomb exploded at a military post in North Sinai, one of five targeted along with a police station. Egypt's army said the checkpoints were attacked by about 70 militants and a battle continued for more than eight hours. More »

  • ISIS in Egypt
    ISIS in Egypt Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    The attacks took place in the Sheikh Zuweid area of north Sinai province, where a number of military checkpoints and installations were targeted. Meanwhile, “Sinai Province,” the ISIS affiliate, claimed it had attacked 15 checkpoints, while others put the number closer to five. If ISIS does indeed control this territory, it would mark a new milestone for the group in Egypt. More »

  • Egypt army says at least 100 militants killed in North Sinai Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's general command for the armed forces said on Wednesday the army had killed at least 100 militants in North Sinai, after the militants attacked military checkpoints in the region. The statement, which was aired on state television, said 17 soldiers, including four officers, were also killed. Thirteen soldiers were also wounded. (Reporting by Mahmoud Mourad and Ali Abdelaty; Writing by Yara Bayoumy; Editing by Larry King) More »

  • EGYPT ATTACK Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Map locates attacks in Egypt.; 1c x 3 inches; 46.5 mm x 76 mm; More »

  • Egypt forces kill 9 Muslim Brotherhood members in Cairo raid, including former … Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    CAIRO (AP) — Egypt forces kill 9 Muslim Brotherhood members in Cairo raid, including former lawmaker. More »

  • Egypt security forces kill nine 'armed men' in Cairo suburb - security … Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Egyptian security forces stormed an apartment in a western Cairo suburb and killed nine men whom they said were armed, security sources said. Among the dead was Nasser al-Hafi, a prominent lawyer for the Muslim Brotherhood and a former lawmaker. The now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood denied that the men were armed and said they were holding an "organizational meeting". More »

  • Senior Brotherhood member among dead in Egypt police raid: lawyer
    Senior Brotherhood member among dead in Egypt police raid: lawyer Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Senior Muslim Brotherhood member Nasser al-Houfi was among nine men killed on Wednesday in an Egyptian police raid on an apartment in Cairo, a lawyer for the group told AFP. More »

  • Egypt F-16s strike IS militants as Sinai fighting rages: officials
    Egypt F-16s strike IS militants as Sinai fighting rages: officials Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Egyptian F-16 jets struck Islamic State group militants in the Sinai Peninsula where dozens were killed in attacks and ongoing clashes Wednesday, security officials and a witness said. More »