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    Egypt militants may be copying Islamic State's brutal methods



    The four men knelt in the sand, hands bound and heads bowed. And in what has become a grisly Middle Eastern trope, a video camera's merciless eye recorded their scripted confessions — swiftly followed by their beheadings.

    At least nine such executions have taken place since August in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, with the latest reported Sept. 19. Egyptian forces in the rugged peninsula are battling an Islamist insurgency that some officials and analysts say appears increasingly inspired by the brutal tactics of the militant Sunni Muslim group Islamic State.

    Islamic State's headline-grabbing march across an arc of Iraq and Syria is roiling the region, with other militant organizations aspiring to either copy its methods or seek some direct alliance with what is being depicted in extremist circles as a prestigious franchise, analysts say. In Algeria, a little-known Al Qaeda offshoot known as Soldiers of the Caliphate beheaded French mountaineer Herve Gourdel after declaring allegiance to Islamic State this month.

    In a manifesto disseminated online last week, Islamic State urged Sinai-based militant groups to redouble their attacks on Egyptian security forces.

    "Rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads," said the statement from a spokesman for the group, Abu Muhammad Adnani.

    Even before that call, Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, or Partisans of Jerusalem, was emulating some Islamic State tactics. The group claimed responsibility for beheadings of four men who were abducted in August in the town of Sheikh Zuwaid, not far from the Gaza Strip. The decapitated corpses had already been recovered when the grisly footage surfaced online, and Egyptian security officials said the video appeared authentic.

    The relationship between the Sinai militants and the extremists of Islamic State came under discussion this month when Secretary of State John F. Kerry visited Cairo, trying to drum up Arab support for a regional offensive against the group. A senior U.S. official on the trip told reporters that Islamic State militants "would stop off and sort of lend their professional skills" to Ansar Bayt al Maqdis.

    "Basically … these terrorist groups were beginning to cooperate," the official said, adding that though such contact appeared "episodic and anecdotal," it "got everyone's attention."

    Some reports point to eagerness on Ansar Bayt al Maqdis' part to talk up its ties with Islamic State. The Reuters news agency this month quoted an Ansar commander as boasting that the groups were in online contact, sharing tactical tips.

    But some analysts believe this is largely a copycat phenomenon, with lesser-known groups aping Islamic State militants, who over the course of a few months seized not only large chunks of territory but the world spotlight.

    "There certainly seems to be a wish to imitate, but there hasn't been evidence of a lot in the way of active cooperation," said Eric Trager, a senior analyst with the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

    In Egypt, talk of a heightened threat from Ansar Bayt al Maqdis — and aid to it from outside — is somewhat at odds with the Egyptian government's insistence that the homegrown Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamist movement it drove from power last summer, represents the greatest threat to national security.

    Over the last few months, as Islamic State depredations have gathered more and more attention, pro-government Egyptian news outlets have hailed President Abdel Fattah Sisi, the former army chief, as having saved Egypt from a similar fate by deposing Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.

    Sisi himself echoed that theme last week in an address to the U.N. General Assembly, linking the popularly supported coup he led against Morsi to the struggle against violent Islamist groups.

    "The upsurge in extremism and violence perpetrated in the name of religion that the region is currently witnessing is evidence of the true objectives of these groups that exploit religion," he said. "We have warned against them over and over again."

    Egyptian officials routinely depict the relatively mainstream political Islam of Morsi's Brotherhood — once Egypt's largest political movement, which insists it does not espouse violence — as no different from the radical worldview of Islamic State.

    "Ideologically speaking … these organizations share that common vision, and we don't believe there's a difference — perhaps just in the tactics used and the way they depict themselves to the international community," Sameh Shoukry, Egypt's foreign minister, said in an appearance with Kerry.

    Like neighboring nations, Egypt has concrete links to Islamic State, in the form of citizens who join its ranks — an estimated 300 of them, according to the London-based International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence. Egypt says there are no Islamic State fighters in the country now, but the prospect of their eventual return from the battlefields of Iraq and Syria is stirring concern.

    Egyptian citizens by no means make up the largest contingent of recruits from around the region; by the center's estimate, 10 times as many Tunisians have joined Islamic State. But the Egyptian public has been shocked by images on social media, picked up by news outlets here, of compatriots taking part in Islamic State atrocities.


    Perhaps the best-known such case was a privileged young man named Islam Yaken, who grew up in an affluent district of the Egyptian capital, spoke fluent English and studied law at Cairo University. From Syria, he posted photos and videos of his new life with Islamic State, including some that featured him posing with severed heads.

    Even in the absence of direct large-scale help from Islamic State, Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, with relatively easy access to battlefield weapons from chaotic neighboring Libya, has already demonstrated its ability to mount sophisticated attacks. It shot down an Egyptian military helicopter in January and carried out large-scale bombings in the Egyptian heartland, as well as engaging Egyptian security forces in Sinai.

    Egyptian officials say the group has been substantially weakened by pinpoint strikes on its leaders and raids on its Sinai hide-outs. But Ansar Bayt al Maqdis has been striking back with powerful roadside bombs, which have killed at least 17 members of the Egyptian security forces this month in the northern Sinai.

    Egypt, one of the largest recipients of American foreign aid, has made only nominal commitments to assist the United States in the fight against Islamic State. Yet Egypt positions itself as a leading player in the fight against Islamic extremist groups — and uses that as a means of deflecting criticism of its human rights record.


    This month, Egypt summoned European ambassadors to object to European Union expressions of concern about indiscriminate arrests, torture and "disproportionate sentencing," such as the mass death penalty verdicts handed down this year. Egypt responded by pointing to hundreds of its soldiers and police having been killed over the last year in the fight against extremists.

    http://www.latimes.com/world/middlee...ry.html#page=1

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    Re: Egypt militant attacks

    No they don't.

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    Egypt militant group threatens deadly attacks during Eid holiday



    Egypt's deadliest militant group has vowed fresh deadly attacks against security forces next week during the country's major Muslim feast.
    In a video released online, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, threatened killings against the police would take place Saturday, the first day of the Eid Al-Adha feast, saying it "will be a black day on the infidel interior minister and his associates."

    The video showed a map of Egypt with graphic bombs exploding, along with the group's black flag logo.

    Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis (Supporters of Jerusalem) has orchestrated some of the worst militant attacks against police and army forces since the army-backed ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013, including a failed assassination attempt on Egypt's interior minister in Cairo last year.

    Earlier in September, the group claimed the killing of six policemen by a roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula, where the army is fighting an Islamist insurgency.

    The Sinai-based group said its attacks are to avenge a state crackdown against Islamists after Morsi's removal that saw hundreds killed and thousands jailed.

    In August, the group claimed the beheading of four men accused of providing Israel with intelligence for an airstrike that killed three of its fighters.

    The attack later prompted the Islamic State, a militant Sunni group that seized large swathes of Syria and Iraq, and which Egyptian officials say has ties with Sinai militants, to urge Egypt's militants to press ahead with attacks against security forces, including decapitations.

    http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsCont...acks-duri.aspx

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    Egypt army offensive kills 16 militants in Sinai



    El-ARISH: Egyptian military officials say troops have killed 16 members of an Al Qaeda-inspired militant group in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

    The officials say four leading members of Ansar Beit Al Maqdis were arrested during the operations, which were still underway early Tuesday.

    The assault was carried out against militant hideouts in three villages south of the town of Sheikh Zuweyid and in the Mahdiya village near Rafah, which is on the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to brief the media.

    Ansar Beit Al Maqdis has claimed most of the major militant attacks in Egypt since the 2013 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

    It has also recently beheaded several people it accused of spying for Israel.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1136599/egy...tants-in-sinai

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    Egypt army offensive kills 16 militants in Sinai



    El-ARISH: Egyptian military officials say troops have killed 16 members of an Al Qaeda-inspired militant group in the restive Sinai Peninsula.

    The officials say four leading members of Ansar Beit Al Maqdis were arrested during the operations, which were still underway early Tuesday.

    The assault was carried out against militant hideouts in three villages south of the town of Sheikh Zuweyid and in the Mahdiya village near Rafah, which is on the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip.

    The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorised to brief the media.

    Ansar Beit Al Maqdis has claimed most of the major militant attacks in Egypt since the 2013 ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

    It has also recently beheaded several people it accused of spying for Israel.

    http://www.dawn.com/news/1136599/egy...tants-in-sinai
    Don't always believe Egyptian army, many times they kill civilians. Or just suspected militants, I was in Sinai during their operations and asked locals about it. The locals don't have good ties with army, they feel abandoned. Locals have good ties with Palestinians in Gaza and after Egypt destroyed tunnels many lost their sources of income.

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    Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 25 soldiers

    CAIRO: A car bomb in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula killed 25 soldiers Friday, in one of the deadliest attacks against security forces since the military deposed president Mohamed Morsi last year.

    Security officials said the attack took place near El-Arish, the main town in restive north Sinai, revising an earlier toll of 17 killed and 22 wounded.

    President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for the National Defence Council to convene for an emergency meeting in response to what his office called “a terrorist attack”.

    Militants in the Sinai have killed scores of policemen and soldiers since Morsi's overthrow to avenge a bloody police crackdown on his supporters.

    Six soldiers were killed on Sunday by a roadside bomb southwest of al-Arish.

    Egypt's military had made some progress in containing the Sinai-based insurgency but security officials have expressed concern that Islamic State militants who control parts of Iraq and Syria have forged ties with radical groups in Egypt.
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    Re: Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 25 soldiers

    I want to see visual evidence of who exactly put the bomb. Because at a time where protests/demonstrations/University sit ins are increasing rapidly this incident conveniently can be used to divert attention from the crisis in Egypt.

    RIP to the soldiers who are victims of the natural order. People here think Egyptian top brass care about these soldiers, they don't, on contrary they benefit from such incidents because the leader in Egypt has no explanation to the Egyptian crisis so he has to put emphasis on 'terror crisis' and Egypt will keep allowing the militants to have flexibility in the region on small scale so these attacks can continue.

    Of course, Israeli media is trying to blame Gaza. In their articles they mention this is near the Gaza border. **** no it isn't, it's 70 km at least away from Gaza.

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    Re: Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 25 soldiers

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon29 View Post
    I want to see visual evidence of who exactly put the bomb. Because at a time where protests/demonstrations/University sit ins are increasing rapidly this incident conveniently can be used to divert attention from the crisis in Egypt.

    RIP to the soldiers who are victims of the natural order. People here think Egyptian top brass care about these soldiers, they don't, on contrary they benefit from such incidents because the leader in Egypt has no explanation to the Egyptian crisis so he has to put emphasis on 'terror crisis' and Egypt will keep allowing the militants to have flexibility in the region on small scale so these attacks can continue.

    Of course, Israeli media is trying to blame Gaza. In their articles they mention this is near the Gaza border. **** no it isn't, it's 70 km at least away from Gaza.
    There will be some people that will accuse Muslims of doing this, but I see this as a plot to further the suffering of Muslims in Sinai and Gaza.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mynameiskhan View Post
    There will be some people that will accuse Muslims of doing this, but I see this as a plot to further the suffering of Muslims in Sinai and Gaza.
    I've been to the Sinai many times in my life. There is no militant presence as projected by the media. Who knows who is behind this. Remember that the Sinai is infested by the Mossad. Israel has them there to try collecting information on the Palestinian Resisitance's weapons/smuggling methods. It is only in Israel's interests to spread large scale attacks in the region so the border with Gaza stays closed and Gaza will remain under siege despite cease fire agreement.

    Sisi is in on this too, so are Egyptian top brass, trust me. But, nevertheless you will have idiots here who have their heads up Assad's ass and come to claim they are dealing with the same fight in order to legitimize the crackdown.

    We need to wait and see. Because of events in Libya and Egypt's involvement it may cause spillover from Libya. If it does then we could see worse.

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    Re: Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 25 soldiers

    Another 3 Egyptian soldiers killed according to Arabic reports....

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    Re: Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 25 soldiers

    A lot of Libyan Sources are saying this is a lie and that the government is trying to cover up what really happened. Libyans are saying these Egyptian troops were killed in a ground invasion in support of Haftar militias in Libya against other militias.

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    Re: Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 25 soldiers

    Egyptian Security officer killed in Eastern Egypt....third incident today....

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    Starting to look like bogus government manufactured crisis for whatever reasons ......

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    Or they are lying and announcing casualties of war in Libya in a manner which naive Egyptians will believe.

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    Re: Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 25 soldiers

    Quote Originally Posted by Falcon29 View Post
    A lot of Libyan Sources are saying this is a lie and that the government is trying to cover up what really happened. Libyans are saying these Egyptian troops were killed in a ground invasion in support of Haftar militias in Libya against other militias.
    and Libyans are reliable sources?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Express View Post
    and Libyans are reliable sources?
    I'm trying to find that out currently, but they gave specific location of Aareen Alaswad in Arabic which not sure how to translate in English besides the "Asad' part means Black.

    They better not do something stupid and blame Gaza. If they do then it's all an Israeli-Egyptian-PA plot to destroy Hamas because of ongoing war on Islam.

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    Re: Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 25 soldiers

    This might be related to the airstrikes Egypt launched into Libya?

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    Re: Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 25 soldiers

    Quote Originally Posted by kashifraza View Post
    This might be related to the airstrikes Egypt launched into Libya?
    Not really, it either happened inside Libya's borders or near them and we're being lied to. Or it's related to the Sinai. The people there are very poor and abandoned by government. They had few jobs until Gaza began tunnel industry to smuggle goods into Gaza. So most people in Al-Arish worked in that commerce industry. And Bediouns also owned much land in the Sinai. Until Egyptian army came in and declared some of those lands their property for army purposes. They closed down almost all the tunnels and almost everyone in Al-Arish lost their source of income.

    Egypt doesn't care about its own people in the Sinai area, it just cares about Israeli security agreement. They could build so much there and create more cities if it wasn't for US/Israeli pressure to not care for livelyhood of the people there.

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    Re: Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 25 soldiers

    Could be the MB.

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    Re: Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 25 soldiers

    Quote Originally Posted by T-123456 View Post
    Could be the MB.
    No it isn't, MB doesn't get involved in violence. Iron Fist is the role of government.

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    Re: Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 25 soldiers

    Egypt closes Rafah border crossing with Gaza. Declare 'emergency' in parts of Sinai.

    ^^^

    Meaning there will be curfews, no one can drive into or out of an area between Sinai/Gaza. They had it when I was there as well.

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    Re: Bomb in Egypt's Sinai kills 25 soldiers

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    This is why we need a seaport. Every time their own people attack them they try deflecting blame elsewhere. So of course, half of them blame the MB. The other half blame the besieged people in Gaza. Because Egyptians aren't all the most educated people. And they close the border to try make us hurt over it. As if we have anything to do with their business.

    They can't accept the truth that it is own their people that feel abandoned and attacked.

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