Tagged with Sinai

Is a Third of the Sinai Lost?

Last week I offered excerpts from a report describing the amateur terrorism campaigns in the Nile Delta. Here are excerpts about the professionals, via Reuters: In a rare visit to eight villages in Northern Sinai last week, a Reuters reporter saw widespread destruction caused by army operations, but also found evidence that a few hundred … Continue reading

A Security Source Speaks on the Sinai

A Security Source Speaks on the Sinai

From my recent article at Arab West Report, describing an interview with a former security officer in the Sinai, who wished to remain anonymous. In light of the current accusations leveled against the Muslim Brotherhood, his comments, issued in May 2013, are very pertinent: These known political figures, including leading Salafi-Jihadis such as ‘Adil Shahātah … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Foreign Complications

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Foreign Complications

  God, Egypt’s problems are so big, other nations are getting involved. May their help be helpful. Early indications, however, are mostly complicating. A number of foreign envoys met with government and Islamist leaders, supposedly to work out a compromise solution to the political crisis. None was reached and the sit-ins in support of Morsi … Continue reading

Men on Motorcycles

Men on Motorcycles

From the New Yorker, providing an account of the dawn killings between the military and pro-Morsi protestors: Fifty-one dead at dawn. A doctor who said he preferred not to give his name lives in an apartment building that overlooks the Republican Guard barracks in Cairo. He told me he woke for the dawn prayer before … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Release

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Release

God, With great relief and little wrangling, the abducted security personnel in Sinai were released this week. The president, political parties, and military all celebrated their peaceful transfer through the intervention of tribal chiefs in the area. No negotiation, no bloodshed – all celebrated a successful resolution. Successful, that is, with two lingering uncertainties: No … Continue reading

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Sinai, Rebellion

Friday Prayers for Egypt: Sinai, Rebellion

God, Egypt is not quite rumbling again; bubbling is more like it, though the bubbles can grow bigger. Security apprehended alleged terrorists plotting to blow up the US and French embassies, while their colleagues in the Sinai abduct seven security officers. In Cairo a small protest in Tahrir threatens a creative escalation. The ‘rebellion’ campaign … Continue reading