Tagged with Sinai

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Operation Sinai

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Operation Sinai

God, There are three weeks left. Following a terrorist attack that killed 300 worshipers at a mosque in Sinai, the president gave a three-month ultimatum to the military and police to eliminate terrorism. Today, Operation Sinai was launched. By land, air, and sea, in the desert and the Nile valley, a massive deployment seeks to … Continue reading

The Floating Interfaith Bridges to Sinai

The Floating Interfaith Bridges to Sinai

Buried in an Ahram Online story about Egypt’s efforts to develop the restless northern Sinai region is a testament to the nation’s insistence on shared identity. Terrorism in the region has killed Muslim and Christian alike. Part of the problem, analysts say, is that Sinai has been long neglected. Isolated from the Egyptian mainland, tribal … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Utmost Force

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Utmost Force

God, After over 300 people were killed at a mosque, the state must do something. The president issued a directive to the army and police: utmost force, within three months. Terrorism must be eradicated from the Sinai. And may it be so. God, but with the utmost care. There are civilian lives at stake, unmercifully … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Judges, Tribes

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Judges, Tribes

God, Two feuds escalated this week. One reached a preliminary conclusion, the other a concerning jolt. It may not be proper to pray mend the fences, but rather in wisdom to put all things right. After months of debate and clear judicial opposition, the president signed a parliament-ratified bill to select the chief judge of … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Aya, Easter

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Aya, Easter

God, Easter passed peacefully, but not Egypt. Though there were no troubles on the holiday, others sandwiched. A few days earlier Copts praying in a village were pelted with stones, as police looked on. A few days later terrorism struck at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the southern Sinai, as police responded. One officer died, a … Continue reading

ISIS Attacks Major Christian Monastery in Egypt

ISIS Attacks Major Christian Monastery in Egypt

This article was first published by Christianity Today on April 19, 2017. Two weeks after killing 47 Egyptians in twin church bombings on Palm Sunday, the Islamic State claimed a fresh attack on the ancient monastery of St. Catherine on the southern Sinai peninsula. One policeman was killed and four injured during an exchange of … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Blind Threat

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Blind Threat

God, As one era passes, another begins. One died, and then two others. There is no connection, save a pernicious idea. Defeat it, God, and save the people – target and targetter alike. Far away in America, the Blind Sheikh passed away after many years of incarceration. Linked to terrorism in the first World Trade … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Probable Cause

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Probable Cause

God, A week later, still not enough is known. What caused the Russian airliner to fall from the sky? A joint Egyptian-Russian team has been studying debris and black boxes, but has yet to issue a final report. But ISIS’s affiliate in the Sinai claimed – twice – that it brought down the plane, though … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: A Bad Week

Friday Prayers for Egypt: A Bad Week

God, Many are dead, with increasing sophistication. Have mercy on Egypt, and let this pass. A remotely detonated bomb killed the public prosecutor, the first high official assassinated in two decades. A terrorist offensive in the Sinai was ultimately driven back by the army, but not before several hours of bloody conflict. A Muslim Brotherhood … Continue reading

Egypt, Up and Down

Egypt, Up and Down

Two global index reports recently released provide perspective on Egypt these days. Security is up, law is down. According to the Global Peace Index, Egypt experienced the third largest jump among the 162 studied nations. Unfortunately, ranked at 137, it still has a long way to go. The assassination of the prosecutor general is indicative … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Tribe

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Tribe

God, Solidarity of group is good. But there are many groups in the world. Who stands with whom? Give wisdom to the Tarabin of Sinai, who pledge to support the government in the fight against ISIS. Give wisdom to the government, to know if and how to accept. Give wisdom to the other tribes, to … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Allegiances

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Allegiances

God, Two declarations were issued this week, at complete opposite ends of the spectrum. From Sinai, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis pledged to obey the caliph of the Islamic State. From the Chamber of Commerce, a business delegation pledged to recruit other American companies to invest in Egypt. One allegiance is to you, God, the other is … Continue reading

Salafi-Jihadis, Sinai, and the Anticipation of Terrorism

Salafi-Jihadis, Sinai, and the Anticipation of Terrorism

This post recalls two articles published last year at Arab West Report but not referenced on the blog, on the Salafi–Jihadis. The testimony is poignant based on current developments: “We are distinguished from other Islamic trends by not accepting partial solutions,” he said. “The Brotherhood has understandings with the Americans, and they are not working … Continue reading