Tag Archives: Libya

This Week in Egypt: Week 40-2017 (Sept 25-Oct1)

Top Headlines Egyptian air force strikes arms convoy at Egypt’s western border with Libya  Libya arrested perpetrators of beheading of 21 Copts in 2015 Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide sentenced to life in prison in ‘Beni Suef riots’ case Egyptian police … Continue reading

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The Week in Egypt: Week 22 (May 29-June4)

Top Headlines Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen have cut diplomatic ties with Qatar (early Monday) Egyptian closes its airspace and seaports for all Qatari transportation Four army personnel killed during anti-terrorist campaign in Egypt’s Western … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 37 ( Sept 12-18)

Top headlines Mexico reaches compensation deal for victims of 2015 bombing in Egypt TNT traces on EgyptAir plane debris split investigators US Congressmen call for Aya Hegazy’s release from prison Egypt freezes assets of several human rights advocates Clinton to … 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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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 40 ( Sept 28- Oct 4)

Top Headlines Egypt says Russia’s intervention in Syria will counter terrorism. (Sunday) Lockheed Martin to supply Hellfire missiles to Egypt and Tunisia. (Tuesday) Libyan FM: Egyptian army sometimes operates in Libya when pursuing illegal smugglers. (Friday) Tunisian president makes first … Continue reading

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Short Comments: Terrorism in Egypt

 In August, security was on very high alert in Egypt . Two events were particularly important: the inauguration of the Suez Canal on August 6, and the second anniversary of the forced dispersal of the sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adaweya and … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 9 ( Feb 23 – Mar 1)

(Members of the special forces police stand guard in front of the Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo, March 1, 2015- via Reuters) Main Headlines  Monday ‪ Egypt shuts its Embassy in Yemen over bad security Activist Alaa Abdel Fattah sentenced … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 8 ( Feb 16 – 22)

(Relatives of Egyptian Coptic men killed in Libya mourn in al-Our village, south of Egypt. (Photo by Asmaa Waguih/Reuters) Main Headlines  Monday Egypt strikes IS in Libya Egypt launches second wave of airstrikes in coordination with Libyan military In Minya, … Continue reading

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ISIS digs out old grievances to attack Copts

The Islamic State has released a video of the beheading of Egyptian Christians in Libya. The chilling video surfaced following an article published in the group’s magazine Dabiq showing photos of twenty-one Coptic Egyptians kidnapped by militants in Libya. According … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 7 ( Feb 9- 15)

(IS’s photo of kidnapped Copts in Libya, via Twitter) Main Headlines  Monday Interior Ministry denies responsibility for stadium deaths, Cabinet suspends football league Prosecution says deaths of Zamalek fans is due to stampede El-Sisi calls Gulf leaders following allegedly leaked … Continue reading

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