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Egyptian Aak 2017- Week 8 ( Feb 20-26)

Top Headlines Egypt’s Coptic Christians flee Sinai after deadly attacks The top commander of American military operations in the Middle East says that the US wants to resume major military exercise with Egypt UK’s Boris Johnson visits Egypt Egypt is … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2017- Week 7 ( Feb 13-19)

Top Headlines ‘Blind Sheikh’ Trade Center bomber Omar Abdel-Rahman dies in prison Egypt’s parliament on Tuesday approved a cabinet reshuffle Egypt appoints first-ever female governor US dollar hits lowest against Egyptian pound in almost a month Egypt, Russia sign protocol … Continue reading

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Assad, Isis, and Turkey

Portraits of Putin, Assad, Khamenei and Nasrallah in Aleppo -via Twitter In a TV interview on a Syrian state TV channel, Secretary of the Syrian Parliament Khaled Abboud alluded that the government has been redirecting the Islamic State (Isis)’s attacks, … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016- Week46 ( Nov 14-20)

Top Headlines Egypt court overturns death sentence against ousted ex-President Mohammed Morsi ISIS’ Egypt branch executes 100-year-old cleric Egypt clears way for former presidential candidate Ahmed Shafiq to return home Egypt lifts assets freeze of anti-torture NGO    Main Headlines … Continue reading

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Egypt’s New Terrorist Groups

I was planning to write something completely different this weekend, but the events in Egypt have dictated my choice.   An Egyptian policeman gestures from an observation in the Sinai peninsula, February 10, 2016, and an undated photograph of Brig. … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 41 ( Oct 10-16)

Top Headline 12 Egyptian conscripts were killed in an Isis attack on security checkpoint in central Sinai Egypt launches ‘revenge’ airstrikes on ISIS in Sinai Russian paratroopers arrive in Egypt for “Friendship Defenders’ drills In an unprecedented move: Egypt’s Cairo … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016- Week 31 (Aug 1-7)

Top Headlines Egypt kills head of Islamic State’s Sinai branch Former grand mufti Ali Gomaa survives assassination attempt Largest Egyptian delegation to date in Rio Olympics Egyptian Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail dies at 70 Main Headlines  Monday Sisi: Egyptians need … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016- Week 18 ( May 2-8)

Top Headlines Egyptian prosecutors ordered the detention of journalists Amr Badr and Mahmoud El-Sakka. Monday Egyptian papers begin publishing interior minister’s photo in negative. Wednesday Espionage case of former President Mohamed Morsi has been adjourned. Saturday Egyptian policemen killed in an … Continue reading

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The Plight of Non-Islamist Muslims

When it comes to Islam, terminologies can be baffling and hotly disputed. Muslims, Islam, Islamism, and radicalism can all be confusing labels. But with the escalating waves of terror flowing around the globe, it is paramount to demystify the fog … Continue reading

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Egypt in the Crosshairs

I wrote this long essay for the Winter 2016 edition of The Journal of the International Security Affairs ( subscription only), but for convenience I republish it here.   Egypt is now facing a complex asymmetrical war on various fronts. On November 10, 2014, … Continue reading

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