Posts Tagged ‘ Egypt ’

Egypt: Eighteen dead in Sinai attack

April 2, 2015
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Islamic militants unleashed a wave of attacks in Egypt's northern Sinai on Thursday, hitting a military checkpoint and killing 15 soldiers there while near-simultaneous attacks elsewhere in the volatile stretch of the peninsula left three civilians dead, officials said. The attacks were the latest in a series of complex assaults and ambushes in recent months despite a large-scale military campaign that has tried to suppress the growing insurgency in northern Sinai, which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip." (04/02/15)

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Egypt, Nigeria led world in reported pre-meditated/pre-announced state killings last year

April 1, 2015
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Minneapolis Star Tribune    

"Egypt and Nigeria accounted for well over 1,000 of the death sentences announced last year, more than a third of the world's total, Amnesty International says in its latest annual report on the death penalty. The London-based human rights group expressed alarm at the 28 percent jump in death sentences: 2,466 people in 55 countries were condemned to death in 2014." (03/31/15)

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Egypt: Three regime troops killed in Sinai attack

March 25, 2015
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Fairfield Citizen    

"Suspected Islamic militants killed two Egyptian soldiers and a police conscript in attacks in the restive northeastern Sinai Peninsula on Tuesday, security officials said. In the first attack, a roadside bomb struck a passing armored vehicle, killing the two troops. ... Separately, in the peninsula city of el-Arish, a young conscript was shot to death in a drive-by shooting by suspected militants Tuesday, the officials said." (03/24/15)

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Egypt: Police officer charged in killing of protester

March 17, 2015
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euronews [EU]    

"An Egyptian police officer was charged on Tuesday over the fatal shooting of Shaimaa Sabbagh, a woman protester whose death caused international outrage when footage of it spread online in January. Sabbagh was shot in Cairo during protests a day before the anniversary of the uprising that ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The public prosecutor referred the case for trial in a criminal court, a rare action against a member of the security forces. ... The officer, who remained unidentified, is accused of an action that 'led to the death of' Sabbagh -- a lesser charge than murder. Lawyers said that depending on which article of the penal code is applied to him, the sentence could range from three to 10 years." (03/17/15)

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Egypt: Court sentences Muslim Brotherhood leader, 13 others to death

March 16, 2015
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Epoch Times    

"Egypt’s official news agency says a criminal court has sentenced 14 people, including the leader of the country’s banned Muslim Brotherhood, to death. The Giza Criminal Court issued its decision on Monday, however the court set an April 11 date to formally issue the ruling after consulting with the country's grand mufti; the mufti reviews all death penalty cases, but his ruling is not binding." (03/16/15)

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Egypt: Sinai roadside bomb kills three regime troops

March 10, 2015
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Daily Mail [UK]    

"Three Egyptian soldiers were killed Monday and three others critically wounded in a roadside bomb attack in the restive Sinai Peninsula, police and medical officials said. Egyptian security forces have been battling an Islamist insurgency in North Sinai since the army ousted president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013." (03/09/15)

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Egypt: One dead, six wounded in Alexandria blast

March 8, 2015
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Melbourne Herald Sun    

"A bomb has exploded outside a supermarket in the Egyptian city of Alexandria, killing one person and wounding six. Sunday's blast took place at a branch of the French supermarket chain Carrefour in Alexandria's eastern district of Seyouf. It is the latest in a bombing campaign blamed on Islamic militants who are targeting foreign and local economic and financial establishments." (03/08/15)

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Egypt: President sacks interior minister, names successor

March 5, 2015
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PressTV PressTV [Iranian state media]    

"Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has sacked the country's Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, introducing Magdi Abdel Ghaffar as his successor. Major General Magdi Abdel-Ghaffar is a leading figure in the national security apparatus and has served as director of the National Security Agency, a subsidiary department at Egypt’s Interior Ministry. Ibrahim has been appointed security advisor to the prime minister. The move is part of a cabinet reshuffle that comprises eight ministries, among them the ministries of education, agriculture, health, tourism and culture." (03/05/15)

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Egypt: Nine injured in central Cairo blast

March 2, 2015
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allAfrica    

"A bomb exploded in front of Egypt's High Court where Egypt's top prosecutor's office lies, in central Cairo on Monday resulting in nine injuries, one of whom is critically injured, a health official told state television. ... This is the second blast in Greater Cairo in less than a week. A man was killed and seven others were injured in several explosions which occurred in Greater Cairo on Thursday." (03/02/15)

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Egypt: Parliamentary polls delayed after court ruling

March 1, 2015
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The Daily Mail [UK]    

"Egypt's electoral commission said Sunday it is preparing a new timetable for parliamentary polls, delaying the March 21 vote after a court ruled parts of the election law unconstitutional. President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ordered that the law be redrafted within a month and asked that 'legal measures be undertaken to avoid delaying' the election, his office said. The constitutional court ruled that sections of the law on the division of electoral districts were unconstitutional." (03/01/15)

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Egypt: Fattah sentenced to five years

February 23, 2015
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Telegraph [UK]    

"An Egyptian court sentenced the country's most famous activist to five years in a maximum-security prison on Monday, in a verdict that lawyers described as a deterrent to anyone who wished to join Egypt's political opposition. Alaa Abdel Fattah, one of the 2011 uprising's most recognisable faces, was sentenced to five years in prison. Another 24 defendants received sentences ranging from three to five years. ... Fattah was a leading figure in the 2011 Arab Spring revolt that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak. He was first sentenced in absentia to 15 years in prison for participating in an unsanctioned demonstration, before a retrial was ordered." (02/23/15)

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Qatar recalls ambassador to Egypt over delegate’s comments

February 19, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Qatar said Thursday it has recalled its ambassador to Cairo to protest comments made by an Egyptian official over his country's decision to carry out air strikes in neighboring Libya. ... Qatar said in a brief statement it was withdrawing the envoy 'for consultations' in response to comments made by the Egyptian delegate to the Arab League, Tarek Adel. Egyptian state news agency MENA quoted Adel as saying that Arab League permanent representatives expressed support for Egypt's air strikes this week against Islamic State militants in Libya as part of its right to self-defense. It added that only Qatar 'deviated' from the Arab consensus, with Adel accusing Qatar of continuously taking positions against Egypt." (02/19/15)

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Egypt: Regime calls for UN-backed coalition to fight Islamic State in Libya

February 17, 2015
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Fox News Yahoo! News    

"Egypt's president said in a radio interview aired on Tuesday that creating a U.N.-backed coalition was the best course of action to rid Libya of Islamic extremists. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, speaking to France's Europe 1 Radio, said Egyptian airstrikes against Islamic State group positions in Libya on Monday were in self-defense. ... France, a lead player in the campaign to oust Libya's dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011, has campaigned for months for some kind of international action in Libya, and announced a deal Monday to sell 24 advanced fighter jets to Egypt. French troops are already in place near Libya's southern border in Niger as part of a counterterrorism force." (02/17/15)

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Libya: Egypt bombs Islamic State targets after killings of Christians

February 16, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"Egypt hit back Monday with airstrikes aimed at ISIS-affiliated jihadists in Libya who are believed to have beheaded more than a dozen Egyptian Coptic Christians. Egyptian F-16 jets took off in the early hours of Monday to bomb ISIS camps, training areas and weapons depots in Libya, the Egyptian military said. 'Avenging Egyptian blood and punishing criminals and murderers is our right and duty,' it said in a statement broadcast on state television. The Egyptian foreign ministry said that the airstrikes targeted ISIS locations in Derna." [editor's note: "Coptic Christian" is an annoying redundancy -- Copt MEANS Christian - TLK] (02/16/15)

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Egypt: Regime court orders release of Al Jazeera journalists

February 12, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"An Egyptian judge on Thursday ordered the release of two Al Jazeera English journalists who were jailed for more than a year on charges of aiding the Muslim Brotherhood. ... Their release comes less than two weeks after their Al Jazeera colleague and co-defendant, Peter Greste, was deported to his native Australia under a new decree that allows the president to expel foreign nationals convicted of crimes in Egypt." (02/12/15)

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Egypt: At least 20 killed as riot breaks out at soccer match

February 9, 2015
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Denver Post    

"A riot broke out Sunday night outside of a major soccer game in Egypt, with a stampede and fighting between police and fans killing at least 20 people, security officials said. The riot, only three years after similar violence killed 74 people, began ahead of a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at Air Defense Stadium east of Cairo. Such attacks in the past have sparked days of violent protests pitting the country's hard-core fans against police officers in a nation already on edge after years of revolt and turmoil." (02/08/15)

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How to lose a “war on terror”

February 5, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Ramzy Baroud  

"The Sinai Peninsula has moved from the margins of Egyptian body politic to the uncontested center, as Egypt's strong man -- President Abdul Fatah al-Sisi -- finds himself greatly undercut by the rise of an insurgency that seems to be growing stronger with time. Another series of deadly and coordinated attacks, on January 29, shattered the Egyptian army's confidence, pushing it further into a deadly course of a war that can only be won by political sagacity, not bigger guns." (02/05/15)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/05/how-to-lose-a-war-on-terror/  

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Egypt: Alexandria blast kills one; other explosives target Cairo airport

February 3, 2015
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A roadside bomb near Egypt's second-largest city, Alexandria, killed a bystander and injured two others Tuesday, and authorities defused two more explosives at Cairo International Airport, officials said. The latest reports are part of recent increase in small bombs being planted around Egypt. Many of the devices have been so-called flash-bang grenades, designed to sow panic but cause minimal damage or casualties. Larger and deadlier bombs have been targeted almost exclusively at members of the Egyptian police and army." (02/03/15)

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Egypt: Regime court confirms death sentences for 183 political prisoners

February 2, 2015
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Hindustan Times [India]    

"An Egyptian court Monday confirmed death sentences against 183 men convicted of killing 13 policemen, in a verdict slammed as 'outrageous' by rights group Amnesty International. The verdict came as another court announced that deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi would stand trial on February 15 in an espionage case -- the fourth trial he is facing. The policemen were killed in an attack on a police station in Kerdasa, a town on the outskirts of Cairo, on August 14, 2013. ... Monday's verdict, which can be appealed, came after the initial sentences were sent to the grand mufti, the government's official interpreter of Islamic law, for ratification." (02/02/15)

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Egypt: Regime frees, deports Al Jazeera journalist

February 1, 2015
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The Age [Australia]    

"After enduring 400 days in an Egyptian jail, journalist Peter Greste has been released from Tora Prison and is understood to be on a plane bound for Cyprus and, ultimately, Australia. There was no word on the fate of his two Al-Jazeera colleagues -- Canadian-Egyptian bureau chief Mohamed Fahmy and producer Baher Mohamed, an Egyptian -- who along with Mr Greste were jailed following a trial that was widely criticised as a farce by legal experts and human rights commentators alike. ... The three Al-Jazeera journalists were among at least 16 journalists imprisoned in Egypt, along with at least 16,000 political prisoners including activists, students, unionists, academics and lawyers, although human rights groups warn that figure could be as high as 40,000." (02/02/15)

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Egypt: At least 20 dead in Sinai attacks

January 30, 2015
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United Press International United Press International    

"At least 20 people died and dozens of others were injured Thursday in multiple militant attacks across Egypt's Sinai Peninsula. ... The simultaneous attacks included car bombs and mortar rounds fired in the towns of al-Arish, Sheikh Zuwayed and Rafa. The North Sinai security directorate in al-Arish, a nearby army base, a hotel and other security checkpoints were targeted." (01/29/15)

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Egypt: Women rally to denounce regime’s murder of protester

January 29, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Dozens of Egyptian women rallied Thursday to protest the killing of a female protester during a peaceful protest last week, accusing the police of shooting her and demanding her killers be brought to justice. The Thursday protest was the first public rally against the slaying of 32-year-old activist and mother Shaimaa el-Sabbagh. It followed a storm of criticism of police tactics and of the 2013 protest law that criminalized unauthorized protests, empowering police to deny permits or use force to disperse them. Since the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013 after mass protests against him, authorities have cracked down on critics. Thousands have been imprisoned on charges of violating the protest law, while hundreds have been killed in the violent dispersal of rallies." (01/29/15)

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Egypt: Mubarak’s sons released from prison

January 26, 2015
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CNN CNN    

"The sons of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak were released from prison Monday after serving 18 months, according to the state-run MENA news agency. Gamal and Alaa Mubarak had served the maximum pretrial detention allowed. A previous embezzlement conviction of the two sons and their father was overturned this year, but they all face a retrial on the embezzlement charges." (01/26/15)

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/01/26/middleeast/egypt-mubarak-sons-freed/  

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Egypt: Police murder at least three while suppressing uprising anniversary protests

January 26, 2015
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Houston Chronicle Houston Chronicle    

"Egypt tightened security in Cairo and other cities Sunday as police moved to break up scattered protests marking the anniversary of the 2011 uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak, killing three protesters, injuring at least 21 and arresting dozens. ... The protests and the stepped-up security came as activists mourned the death of a female protester shot Saturday in downtown Cairo while taking part in a gathering commemorating the nearly 900 protesters killed in the 2011 revolt." (01/25/15)

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Egypt: Mubarak fraud conviction overturned

January 13, 2015
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BBC News BBC News [UK state media]    

"A court in Egypt has overturned the convictions for embezzlement of former President Hosni Mubarak and his two sons and ordered a retrial. Mr Mubarak was jailed for three years in May after being found guilty of fraudulently billing the government for $14m (£9.3m) of personal expenses. But the Court of Cassation found legal procedures were not followed properly." (01/13/15)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-30792001  

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