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Netanyahu Calls for Global Counterterror Unity after Egypt Mosque Massacre

November 26, 2017 Egypt, News

Israel offers condolences to Egypt following terror attack. Illustrative photo of Israeli PM Netanyahu and Egyptian FM Shoukry. Photo courtesy of by Haim Zach / GPO

With terrorists recruiting world-wide and attacking one major nation after another with lone-wolf and organized attacks, imagine a united global response in which all nations fighting Islamic extremist violence. That’s the vision held by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who expressed this call to action in response to last week’s horrific terror slaughter of hundreds of worshipers at an Egyptian mosque in the Sinai region.

“The radical Islam’s terror does not distinguish between religions, people or nations. I think that the obvious thing is that all the countries in the world should unite in order to fight it, everywhere, including Sinai,” said Netanyahu on Sunday in comments released by his office. He also offered his nation’s condolences to Egypt over the “vicious mass murder of civilians during prayer.”

Egypt’s Ahram Online news group reported that 305 people were killed when dozens of gunman assaulted a mosque last Friday in one of the deadliest terror attacks this century. The report said the terrorists were flying the black ISIS flag. … Continue Reading

ISIS War Spreads as Egypt Fights in Libya, Hezbollah in Iraq

February 16, 2015 Egypt, News
Regional fight? The war with ISIS is spreading in every direction. Middle East educational sign post showing distance between major locations. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Regional fight? The war with ISIS is spreading in every direction. Middle East educational sign post showing distance between major locations. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Egypt launched air strikes in Libya this week, and the Libyans called for the attacks to continue. The reason? The Egyptians were targeting ISIS (ISIL) camps in Libya, following the release of a video showing 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians being beheaded by ISIS. Daily News Egypt reported that the Egyptians said the strikes were successful, hitting ISIS weapons and training camps.

The Daily News Egypt report cited an article from the Al-Ahram newspaper as saying that 64 ISIS members were killed in the strikes. The Daily News Egypt also reported that Libyan air force commander Saqr Jeroushi told Sada El-Balad television that the Egyptian strikes should continue since the two nations have “the same enemy.” Turns out that Hezbollah and Iraq do as well, and Hezbollah is now openly fighting in yet another Middle Eastern country. The target? ISIS again. … Continue Reading

Egypt Takes on Hamas Terror Group in Court, at Border

February 4, 2015 Egypt, News
Egypt not so welcoming to Hamas these days. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Egypt not so welcoming to Hamas these days. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Tensions are high between Egypt and Hamas in Gaza, after an Egyptian court designated the group’s armed wing as terrorists and Hamas accused Egypt of attacking their outposts in Gaza. Daily News Egypt, citing Egyptian state media, reported that over the weekend an Egyptian court designated Hamas as a terrorist organization, accusing it of participating in terrorism and using tunnels into the Egyptian Sinai region for smuggling to fund and arm their terror activities.

Egypt joins the US and others in determining that Hamas is a terror group. The Egyptian court even accused Hamas of being involved in attacks against Egyptians. On Tuesday, it was Hamas’ turn to accuse Egypt of attacking them in Gaza. … Continue Reading

Egyptian Mediators Not Budging on Ceasefire Rejected by Hamas

Will US President Obama pressure Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu? Illustrative. (Photo Courtesy of Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Will US President Obama pressure Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu? Illustrative. (Photo Courtesy of Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Amid pressure from the United States for an “immediate ceasefire” in the fighting between Israel and Hamas, the traditional mediator between the groups has said the deal rejected by Hamas isn’t changing. Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, according to a report by Ahram Online, said that the ceasefire proposal is “complete” and won’t be amended.

Last week, Hamas rejected the deal outright, while Israel accepted it. After militants refused to abide by the cessation of hostilities, Israel stepped up their response with a ground invasion of Gaza. It wasn’t the only ceasefire Gaza terrorists violated. … Continue Reading

New Egyptian Government Gets Terrorist-like Scrutiny from US

June 8, 2014 Egypt, News, Terrorism
Will US Congress let aid reach Egypt? US Capitol building. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Will US Congress let aid reach Egypt? US Capitol building. Illustrative. By Joshua Spurlock

Two new governments have been sworn into power in the last week in the Middle East, the new Palestinian one and newly elected President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi. Yet while the Palestinian government has the backing of the terrorist Hamas group, both the Palestinian group and al-Sisi seem to be held to the same level of United States scrutiny as of this time.

Whether or not the US accepts the governments is more than just a political question, as the US is a huge financial supporter of both the Palestinians and Egypt. But according to the US State Department, in press conferences late last week, neither Egypt nor the Palestinians have been given the full green light for their aid. … Continue Reading

Egyptian General Wins Expat Votes ahead of Presidential Election

May 22, 2014 Egypt, News

With presidential elections in Egypt just days away (May 26-27), former defense minister and Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has already scored a sizable victory among expatriate Egyptians voting from abroad. Sisi won nearly 300,000 such votes, compared to 17,207 for his competitor, according to a report from Al-Masry Al-Youm and translated into English by the Egypt Independent.

Sisi was a key player in the military takeover that ousted the Islamist Egyptian government last year after popular protests called for change. Now it looks like he will take Egypt’s leadership in a more legitimate-looking way—presuming the elections are legitimate, which may not be such a safe presumption. … Continue Reading

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