Monthly Archives: February 2019

Twitter Thread: Palestinian fighters from Gaza who joined ISIS branch in Egypt’s Sinai

This is an important thread by Mahmoud Gamal on Palestenian fighters who joined ISIS’s Sinai branch:     Abd Al-Rahman Ahmed, nicknamed “Abu Bakr al-Ghazawi”, from Nusseirat refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip, was among the wanted elements for … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 8-2019 ( Feb 18-24)

Top Headlines Egypt executes nine over 2015 killing of public prosecutor Suicide bombing kills 3 policemen near Cairo’s famed bazaar Egypt hosts milestone summit for Arab-European ties Egypt turns Back veteran New York Times reporter David Kirkpatrick Saudi King arrives … Continue reading

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What after the Pope’s visit to the UAE?

  Pope Francis and A-Azhar Grand Imam in UAE “Your family could not find an Arabic name for you?” My teacher looked at me with disdain as he was trying to prnounce my “foreign” name, “Nervana.” Moving to a public … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 7-2019 ( Feb 11-17)

Top Headlines Egypt approves bill that means president Sisi could remain in office until 2034 Egyptian troops hit by deadly jihadist attack in Sinai Several Egyptian troops killed or wounded in North Sinai Egypt thwarts bomb attack on a security … Continue reading

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This Week in Egypt: Week 6-2019 ( Feb 4-10)

Top Headlines  Al-Azhar’s Imam calls on Muslims in the Middle East to ’embrace’ Christians Pope and grand imam sign historic pledge of fraternity in UAE Egypt’s Sisi is elected new chairman of African Union Egypt, Ethiopia, Sudan discuss Renaissance Dam … Continue reading

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Re-Blog: All what you want to know about the Egyptian new counter-terrorism unit

Originally posted on Egypt's Defense Blog:
Unit Formation Unit-888 counter-terrorism badge In July 2017, the Commander-in-Chief of the Egyptian Armed Forces issued instructions to establish a semi-special forces unit to participate in new tasks as combat terrorism, which considered…

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This Week in Egypt: Week 5-2019 ( Jan 28-Feb 3)

Top Headlines  France’s Macron: Egypt’s rights record seen as worse than under Mubarak A group of Egyptian lawmakers seek to extend El-Sisi term to at least 2024 Egypt’s military kills 8 ‘extremely dangerous’ terroristsin the Western desert British woman jailed … Continue reading

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Twitter Thread: Lebanon’s New Government

Lebanon finally has a new government. Lebanese factions have agreed to form a new government of national unity, ending nearly nine months of bickering. Here is a twitter thread about the details and implications of its formation. Hezbollah’s leader Hassan … Continue reading

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