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Oct 9, 2013

Liberal leader urges Egyptian army chief not to run for president

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egypt’s army chief, who orchestrated the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July, should not run for the leadership in elections due to be held next year, the head of the biggest liberal party told Reuters.

General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has said in an interview with an Egyptian newspaper that now was the wrong time to raise the issue of whether he would stand for the presidency.

Oct 6, 2013

Egypt issues tough warning against anti-army protests

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian authorities said on Saturday anyone who protests against the army on Sunday when the country celebrates the anniversary of an attack on Israeli forces during the 1973 war will be regarded as agents of foreign powers.

Presidential spokesman Ahmed al-Muslimani was speaking to the state news agency in anticipation of demonstrations by the Muslim Brotherhood, which has been staging protests against the army’s ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in July.

Oct 5, 2013

Egypt tightens security, warns Muslim Brotherhood

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian authorities warned the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood on Saturday against staging violent protests and tightened security in all cities and strategic installations after clashes on Friday killed at least four people.

Supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Mursi on Friday mounted their boldest demonstrations since troops crushed their protest camps demanding his reinstatement on August 14.

Oct 3, 2013

EU’s Ashton says crucial for all to join Egypt political process

CAIRO (Reuters) – European Union Foreign Policy Chief Catherine Ashton said on Thursday it was important for all sides to feel they can take part in a political process in Egypt.

Ashton has been in Cairo this week to encourage reconciliation between the Muslim Brotherhood and the interim government, which was installed after the army removed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi on July 3 following mass protests against his rule.

Sep 17, 2013

Gunmen kill Egyptian army officer and soldier in Nile Delta

CAIRO (Reuters) – Gunmen killed an Egyptian military officer and a soldier in an attack on an army vehicle northeast of Cairo on Tuesday, security sources said, raising concerns that an Islamist insurgency is taking hold beyond the Sinai.

The number of militant attacks has risen since the army deposed President Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood on July 3, following mass protests against his rule.

Sep 13, 2013

Egypt pursues crackdown on Sinai militants as protests held

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian ground troops and helicopter gunships attacked Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula on Friday in their drive to stem a security threat now spilling over into the rest of the country.

Three soldiers were wounded in clashes in three separate villages, security officials said.

Sep 12, 2013

Cairo accuses Gaza’s Hamas of training Egyptian militants

CAIRO (Reuters) – Egyptian state television on Thursday accused Palestinian Hamas of training Egyptian Islamists in how to carry out bombings, piling yet more pressure on the Muslim Brotherhood, ally of Hamas.

In neighboring Gaza, the ruling Hamas Islamists strongly denied the allegations.

Sep 9, 2013

Mubarak’s last PM backs army’s Sisi for Egyptian president

CAIRO (Reuters) – Former Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq says he will back army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for president, adding to speculation that the man who led the overthrow of President Mohamed Mursi could become head of state.

Shafiq, a former air force commander who came second in last year’s presidential election, said he would not run if Sisi stood in the election expected next year.

Aug 21, 2013

Divided Egypt prepares to release Mubarak from jail

CAIRO (Reuters) – Deposed Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak could leave prison on Thursday after a court ruling that further divided a country in turmoil since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi seven weeks ago.

Convening at the Cairo jail where Mubarak is held, the court ordered the release of the military man who ruled Egypt for 30 years with an iron fist until he was overthrown during the uprisings that swept the Arab world in early 2011.

Aug 20, 2013
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Egyptian crackdown weakens Muslim Brotherhood, but may not crush it


(A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shouts slogans against the military and interior ministry whilst gesturing and holding a copy of the Koran during a protest in front of Al Istkama mosque at Giza Square, south of Cairo, August 18, 2013. The four-fingered gesture, meaning “Rabaa” or “Fourth” in Arabic, is in reference to the police clearing of the Rabaa Adawiya protest camp on August 14. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Until Monday night, Farid Ismail was one of the few Muslim Brotherhood leaders who still answered his phone, even when many of his associates had been arrested or gone underground.