Eye on Extremism, October 13, 2016

CNN: US Strikes Hit 3 Radar Sites In Yemen, Pentagon Says

“Three US strikes hit radar sites in Yemen early Thursday, hours after missiles targeted the USS Mason warship in the Red Sea, the Pentagon said. The strikes were carried out in ‘self defense,’ the Pentagon said. They come after two missiles targeted the US warship off the coast of Yemen on Sunday — but missed it and hit the water instead. The missiles were launched within 60 minutes of each other when the warship was in international waters. The guided-missile destroyer deployed defensive measures and was not damaged, said Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. The missiles were fired from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen, according to Davis. The Houthis — a minority Shia group that has taken control of much of Yemen — denied its forces targeted the warship.”

Reuters: Islamic State Claims Responsibility For Deadly Mosque Attack In Afghan Capital

“Islamic State on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a mass shooting that killed at least 18 worshippers at a shrine in the Afghan capital, raising fears of sectarian violence after a string of attacks on the country’s Shi’ite minority. The claim to Tuesday’s attack, released online, came as the community observed Ashura, one of its holiest days, although commemorations have been subdued because of security fears. On Wednesday afternoon, an explosion outside a mosque in northern Afghanistan killed at least 14 people and wounded 24 at a similar gathering. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for that assault. Islamic State had earlier targeted members of Kabul’s Shi’ite community in a suicide bombing in July that killed more than 80 people and wounded 130.”

Middle East Eye: Analysis: Russia Woos Turkey With ‘Face Saving’ Syria Alliance

“Less than a year ago, Turkey shot a Russian jet out of the sky near the Turkish border with Syria. The clash sparked a war of words and sanctions between Ankara and Moscow, and heightened fears of an escalation bringing the wider NATO alliance into confrontation with their former Soviet Union foe. Fast-forward 11 months and Russia and Turkey, still on opposing sides of the Syrian conflict and historically uncomfortable bedfellows, are planning an alliance. The change, according to analysts, is not just the result of careful attempts to de-escalate. It is Russia’s wish to “save face” over its involvement in Syria, and exploit mistakes made by Turkey’s traditional NATO allies to bring Ankara closer to Moscow’s sphere of influence.”

The Wall Street Journal: Taliban In Afghanistan Threaten To Overrun Capital Of Helmand Province

“The Taliban pressed further into the capital of Helmand province on Wednesday, officials said, firing rockets at the governor’s compound as they threatened to overrun a second major Afghan city in just over a week. The renewed bid to capture the city, Lashkar Gah, is further stretching Afghan forces still fighting to regain full control of the northern city Kunduz and responding to Taliban offensives in several other provincial capitals. Over the past week, Afghan forces been fighting a multipronged offensive by the Islamist militant group on the outskirts of provincial capitals including Farah in the southwest, Pul-i-Khumri in the northeast and Tarin Kot in the south, which has for weeks been in danger of collapse.”

Reuters: Turkey Says Its Troops To Stay In Iraq Until Islamic State Cleared From Mosul

“A planned U.S.-backed operation to drive Islamic State from the Iraqi city of Mosul could cause ‘blood and fire’ in the region if not carefully handled, Turkey warned on Wednesday, saying it would keep troops nearby despite Baghdad’s opposition. President Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey, locked in an escalating row with Iraq over who should take part in the planned Mosul assault, would do all it could to prevent the operation from deepening sectarian conflict on its borders. Mosul, home to up to 1.5 million people, has been the headquarters of Islamic State’s self-declared caliphate in northern Iraq since 2014. The battle for the city, expected later this month, will help shape the future of Iraq and the legacy of U.S. President Barack Obama.”

CNN: Boko Haram Releases 21 Chibok Girls To Nigerian Government, Source Says

“Boko Haram militants handed over 21 missing Chibok schoolgirls to Nigerian authorities Thursday morning as part of a deal brokered by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Swiss government, Nigeria’s government said. The girls are being taken to the northeastern city of Maiduguri, where they will meet with the governor of Borno state, officials in the state said. The girls were not immediately named.”

CNN: Life Under ISIS: Iraqis Choke As Sabotaged Oil Wells Blaze

“ISIS militants had set the wells on fire hoping to obscure the view of Iraqi and coalition warplanes, but it didn’t stop Iraqi forces from driving them out of town in late August. Technicians from the provincial oil company were able to put some of the fires out, but not the one near Khalil’s house. Every time they tried, ISIS fighters lobbed mortar rounds their way. Outside the mayor’s office, more than a dozen men wait for security clearances to allow them to travel outside Al-Qayyara. Many stayed in town during ISIS rule, and as a result require security clearance to leave. Their main complaint was not the bureaucracy, but rather the smoke from the oil fires.”

Haaretz: Israeli Cops Shoot Dead A Palestinian Man In East Jerusalem

“A Palestinian was shot dead in the course of clashes with Border Police officers in East Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood on Tuesday night. Clashes broke out again on Wednesday evening in East Jerusalem, and five rioters were detained. Palestinian sources reported that the Palestinian, 20-year-old Ali Shiokhi, had been shot in the stomach. The policemen prevented a Red Crescent ambulance from getting to him to treat him and he died of blood loss, the sources said. The Jerusalem Police said that ‘on Yom Kippur eve masked men threw stones and firebombs at Border Police officers during a security mission in Silwan. The officers, whose lives were endangered by the masked men, fired at them. The rioters fled with the wounded man into the village … Later it was reported that one of the rioters, who was apparently hurt, was buried overnight by the locals.’”

NPR: Man Arrested In German Bomb Plot Commits Suicide In Jail

“The Syrian refugee who German authorities accuse of planning an attack on a Berlin airport has committed suicide. German politicians say they are stunned that someone on suicide watch was left alone.”

BBC: Syria Conflict: Rebels Set Up Internment Camp For IS Defectors

“A secret internment camp for former Islamic State militants and their families has been established in Syria. Some 300 defectors and captured combatants, including many Europeans, are being held at the camp operated by the rebel group Jaysh al-Tahrir. Its commander, Mohammad al-Ghabi, told the BBC: ‘We tried to rehabilitate them and alter their state of minds. Those who wished to return home were allowed to call their embassies and co-ordinate with them through us.’ Among the group are French, Dutch and Polish nationals, as well as foreign fighters from North Africa and across the Middle East and Central Asia. The men, women and children are being held in a village in rural northern Syria.”

Daily Beast: Muslim Mothers Unite To Stop Their Kids From Joining ISIS

“Edit Schlaffer, a jolly, petite woman, has seen many crying and terrified mothers of radicalized Muslim boys. Often the women have lost their children to the so-called Islamic State, to jihadist suicidal attacks, to violent battles. Today, Schlaffer and her unique group called Women Without Borders (Frauen Ohne Grenzen) know exactly what their mission is: to help mothers around the world to stop their children from radicalizing, from joining international extremist groups. It is a hard job to teach a mother who is often too stressed to listen, to watch, to feel the concealed emotions of her son. But Schlaffer and her Women Without Borders are building confidence among the mothers they train so they stop feeling helpless.”

United States

The New York Times: Kerry Opens A New Diplomatic Push For A Cease-Fire In Aleppo

“Secretary of State John Kerry will mount a fresh effort on Saturday to pursue a cease-fire for the besieged city of Aleppo by meeting with representatives from the regional powers most directly involved in the Syria conflict, American officials said on Wednesday. Just last week the Obama administration suspended talks with Russia on Syria after accusing the Russian military of conducting a bombing campaign so brutal that Mr. Kerry has urged that it be the subject of a war crimes investigation. But Mr. Kerry has doggedly pursued diplomacy on Syria even as he has privately complained that his past negotiating efforts have not been backed up by a credible threat of force to pressure President Bashar al-Assad’s government to stop its attacks.”

The Guardian: American Journalist Detained In Turkey For Two Months Is Freed

“An American journalist who has been detained in Turkey for the past two months after claiming she had been kidnapped by militants in Syria has been freed and is returning to the US. Lindsey Snell was arrested in Turkey on 6 August for ‘violating a military zone’ after she crossed back into the country from Syria, where she had been filming civilians affected by airstrikes in the countryside near rebel-held Aleppo and Idlib.  The US government has been reluctant to comment on the details of Snell’s case. But before she was detained in Turkey in August, Snell wrote on a Facebook post that during her time in Syria, she had been kidnapped by militants affiliated with the faction then known as the al-Nusra Front, al-Qaida’s affiliate in Syria.”


Reuters: Rescue Workers Says Two Days Of Bombing Kill 145 In Rebel-Held Eastern Aleppo

“Renewed bombing of rebel-held eastern Aleppo killed 145 people on Tuesday and Wednesday, Ammar al Selmo, the head of the Civil Defence rescue service there said. Air strikes targeting rebel-held districts of Aleppo intensified on Tuesday, after a lull of several days which the Syrian army said was designed to allow civilians to leave. The city has been divided between government and rebel control for years. ‘The bombing has been very intense,’ Selmo told Reuters on Thursday, speaking from Syria in an area outside Aleppo city. The Syrian army launched an assault to take rebel-held areas of Aleppo last month with Russian air support and Iranian-backed militias.”

Associated Press: Rebel Advances In Central Syria Set Back By Infighting

“For more than a month, insurgents fighting President Bashar Assad’s forces had been on the march in central Syria, getting within a few miles of the fourth-largest city of Hama. Many in the opposition hoped they would cut a main government supply line to Aleppo and ease the pressure on the rebels there. But the ambitious campaign has been severely hampered by the rebels themselves, mostly due to infighting that broke out last week. It’s a recurring theme of opposition discord and rivalry that Assad has exploited throughout Syria’s 5-year-old civil war. The five-week offensive, which saw insurgents break government defenses and capture more than two dozen villages and towns, was spearheaded by the Salafi-jihadi extremist Jund al-Aqsa group. The advance so alarmed Syria’s army command that it eventually rushed one of Assad’s most trusted and prominent officers, Col. Suheil al-Hassan, and his elite unit to defend the strategic region.”

BBC: Syria Conflict: Russian War Crimes Claim ‘Rhetoric’ Says Putin

“President Vladimir Putin has dismissed suggestions that Russia could face war crimes charges over its bombardment of Syria’s second city Aleppo. He told French media the accusations were ‘rhetoric’ that did not take into account the realities in Syria. French President Francois Hollande had suggested Russian air strikes on Aleppo could amount to war crimes. The rebel-held east of the city is under renewed bombardment after a ceasefire deal broke down. Despite recriminations over who was to blame for its failure, Russia and the US agreed on Wednesday to resume talks on Syria.”


BBC: IS Conflict: Booby-Trapped Drone Kills Kurdish Fighters In Iraq

“A booby-trapped drone has killed two Kurdish Peshmerga fighters and badly wounded two French soldiers battling so-called Islamic State in Iraq. A Kurdish defence official told Reuters news agency that the drone exploded when the Peshmerga tried to pick it up after it had crashed to the ground. The incident happened on 2 October, north of the IS-held city of Mosul. IS militants are said to have tried to use drones to launch attacks at least two other times in the past month. In response, US-led coalition and Iraqi pro-government forces have been warned to treat any type of small flying aircraft as a potential bomb, according to the New York Times.”


Reuters: Exclusive: Turkey Purges NATO Military Envoys After Failed Coup

“Turkey has fired hundreds of senior military staff serving at NATO in Europe and the United States following July’s coup attempt, documents show, broadening a purge to include some of the armed forces’ best-trained officials. In a classified military dispatch seen by Reuters, 149 military envoys posted to the alliance’s headquarters and command centers in Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Britain were ordered on Sept. 27 to return to Turkey within three days. Most were dismissed from service on their arrival, arrested and imprisoned, according to a Turkish military official at NATO and two farewell letters sent by departing Turkish officials emailed to colleagues at NATO and seen by Reuters.”

The Wall Street Journal: Turkey’s Demands Complicate Battle Plan To Retake Mosul From Islamic State

“Plans for a pivotal offensive to uproot Islamic State from the Iraqi city of Mosul are running into unexpected complications from Turkey, which is pressing the U.S. and Iraq to incorporate its allies into the battle’s fighting force. Ankara’s demands to include a Turkish-trained Sunni force are threatening to fracture an uneasy alliance of diverse Iraqi fighters in what could be a turning point in the war against Islamic State. The Turkish pressure on Baghdad has triggered new demands from influential, rival Shiite militias, which are rethinking their agreement to play a more limited role in the fight for Mosul, according to Iraqi officials—throwing a wrench into delicate negotiations over the battle plan.”

Reuters: Turkish Army Says Islamic State Putting Up ‘Stiff Resistance’ In Syria

“Islamic State militants in northern Syria are putting up ‘stiff resistance’ to attacks by Turkish-backed rebel fighters, Turkey’s military said on Wednesday, almost two months after it launched an incursion to drive them away from its border. Supported by Turkish tanks and air strikes, the rebels have been pushing toward the Islamic State stronghold of Dabiq. Clashes and air strikes over the past 24 hours have killed 47 jihadists, the military said in a statement. ‘Due to stiff resistance of the Daesh (Islamic State) terror group, progress could not be achieved in an attack launched to take four settlements,’ it said, naming the areas east of the town of Azaz as Kafrah, Suran, Ihtimalat and Duvaybik.”

Voice Of America: Turkey Questions Historical Treaty Defining Regional Borders

“A dispute continues to deepen between Ankara and Baghdad over the presence of Turkish soldiers near the Iraqi city of Mosul. Тhe spat erupted after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the country and the region by surprise last month by calling into question the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which defined modern Turkey’s borders. He declared Turkey had been blackmailed by foreign powers into giving up vast swaths of territory that were once part of the Ottoman Empire. Although Erdogan focused his criticism on the loss of Aegean islands to Greece, it is Turkey’s southern borders he had in mind, according to visiting Carnegie Europe scholar Sinan Ulgen.”


Reuters: Afghanistan Blast Outside Mosque Kills 14, Wounds 24 In Minority Attack

“A bomb blast outside a mosque in Afghanistan on Wednesday killed at least 14 people and wounded 24 among a gathering of worshippers, the second attack targeting the country’s Shi’ite minority in less than 24 hours, an official said. The devotees had congregated to mark Ashura, one of the holiest days for Shi’ite Muslims, at the mosque, about 20 km (12 miles) from Mazar-i-Sharif, the capital of Afghanistan’s northern Balkh province. The mosque was targeted in the explosion, said Moneer Ahmad Farhad, a spokesman for the provincial governor. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. On Tuesday night a gunman killed at least 18 people and wounded 50 at an Ashura gathering at a mosque in the capital, Kabul, according to United Nations estimates. That attack was claimed by Islamic State, which also claimed responsibility for an attack on a mostly Shi’ite street demonstration in July that killed 84 people.”

Voice Of Amierca: Afghan Taliban Struggle Financially Since Leader’s Death

“Afghan Taliban appear to be facing financial pressure since the death of their former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who was more adept at managing money, according to the spokesman of NATO’s Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan. ‘The evidence we’ve seen of that is an increase in their taxes to locals as they move through,’ Brigadier General Charles Cleveland said Wednesday in Kabul. ‘We believe that the death of Mullah Mansour certainly contributed to that as well.’ Mansour, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan’s Balochistan province in May, had financial acumen that, along with his involvement in the narcotics trade, helped grow the group’s war chest, Cleveland said.”

The New York Times: Afghan Forces, Their Numbers Dwindling Sharply, Face A Resurgent Taliban

“Outgunned and surrounded by Taliban fighters in a chronic combat zone of southern Afghanistan, the police officers and soldiers thought they had negotiated passage to safety. They had walked into a trap. In what appears to be one of the worst massacres of Afghan forces in a protracted and forgotten war, at least 100 were killed when the Taliban fighters opened fire on them from all directions as they tried to flee through the agreed-upon retreat route, Afghan officials said Wednesday. Accounts of the massacre, which happened Tuesday near the southern city of Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province, punctuated a growing crisis in Afghanistan’s armed forces that goes to the heart of their sustainability: They are sustaining enormous casualties from a revitalized Taliban insurgency and are facing increased problems recruiting. Many vacancies go unfilled.”


Associated Press: Russian, Egypt Troops To Hold Drill On Mediterranean Coast

“Egypt’s military announced on Wednesday it will host Russian troops for war games along the Mediterranean coast, the latest step in the two countries’ rapprochement and another sign of Moscow flexing its muscles in the Middle East. The drill, due Oct. 15-26 in the coastal city of El-Alamein and dubbed ‘Guardians of Friendship,’ will include ‘elite units’ from both sides. Russia’s defense ministry said it would be the first ever joint paratrooper exercise for the two and would involve armor being dropped from planes. Egypt has increased cooperation with Russia under President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the former army chief who ousted his elected but divisive Islamist predecessor in 2013, with several projects, including a preliminary agreement to build a nuclear power plant.”

Middle East

The Times Of Israel: Hamas Accuses Israel Of Shooting, Killing Gaza Boy

“A 10-year-old Palestinian boy was reportedly killed along the Gazan border late Wednesday, with a Hamas official and an eyewitness accusing Israel, but the army said it had no knowledge of such an incident. Ashraf al-Qudra, spokesman for the health ministry in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip, said the boy died when Israeli troops fired across the border east of Khan Younis in eastern Gaza. ‘Abdullah al-Naseef, 10, was killed by (Israeli) occupation fire close to his house in the Qarara municipality, near Khan Younis,’ he said. An eyewitness said the Israeli army opened fire from a military base near Kissufim along the border. But an Israeli army spokeswoman said she had no information on any firing across the border.”

The Times Of Israel: Clashes In East Jerusalem, As Israel Marks Yom Kippur

“Israel shut down Wednesday for the Jewish Yom Kippur holiday, with roads, shops, airports and even radio and TV stations all closed, while Israeli authorities sealed off the West Bank and Palestinian areas of East Jerusalem. The solemn holiday of Yom Kippur, or Day of Atonement, began Tuesday evening and ended Wednesday at sunset. Security was tight for this year’s holiday with fears of a new surge in violence, particularly following a Palestinian terrorist attack in Jerusalem on Sunday in which a gunman killed two Israelis.”


Newsweek: Nigeria Car Bomb ‘Kills 8’ In Boko Haram Birthplace: Emergency Agency

“A car bomb has reportedly killed at least eight people in Maiduguri in northeast Nigeria, where Boko Haram is waging an insurgency, according to the country’s emergency management agency. The blast occurred around Muna Garage, an area in Maiduguri, on Wednesday, the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) tweeted. The agency later added that 15 people had been injured and taken to hospitals across the city. The exact death toll remains unclear. A source at Maiduguri Specialist Hospital told Nigerian newspaper Daily Trust that at least 18 bodies had been brought to the hospital morgue, but Borno state’s police command told the newspaper that only five people had died.”

United Kingdom

BBC: UK Warned It Could Lose Access To Europol Intelligence

“The UK could lose access to vital intelligence unless it signs up to new powers for EU crime-fighting agency Europol, it has been warned. The National Crime Agency’s David Armond said an ‘immediate’, ‘urgent’ decision is needed or the UK would be forced out of the organisation. He added that the issue was a ‘priority’ and represented the ‘alligators nearest the boat’. The Home Office said a decision would be made in ‘due course’. The European Parliament agreed in May to enhance Europol’s mandate and improve the way it tackles cross-border crime and terrorism – but the UK has so far not opted in to the relevant agreement.”


Deutsche Welle: German Cabinet Approves Expanded Role In Anti-IS Mission

“The government said Wednesday it had decided to extend Germany’s participation in the international fight against the ‘Islamic State’ (IS) terror group to late 2017. The mandate to deploy up to 1,200 German troops in the anti-IS coalition had been due to run out at the end of this year. As well as extending that mandate, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Cabinet agreed to deploy forces for NATO’s Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) surveillance aircraft.  ‘The continued and expanded participation in the fight against IS is a key element of German security policy engagement in the region,’ the government said in a statement. Helping the international fight against IS jihadists based in northern Iraq and Syria ‘counters the immediate and direct danger to Germany, the alliance and the international community,’ it said.”

The Wall Street Journal: German Cabinet Approves Draft Law To Curb Welfare Payments For EU Migrants

“Germany on Wednesday moved to curb social benefits for citizens from other European Union countries in a bid to prevent migrants abusing its generous welfare system. EU migrants who have never worked in the country won’t be able to enjoy most social and unemployment benefits for the first five years here, according to a draft law approved by the cabinet Wednesday. The law seeks to clarify confusion over recent court rulings. A German federal court ruled recently that nonworking EU migrants were entitled to social benefits after six months in the country, but the EU’s top court had ruled in a previous case that Germany was allowed to deny social benefits to EU nationals.”


RT: France Approves Creation Of National Guard To Combat Terrorism Threat

“France has approved legislation to create a National Guard as the government struggles to battle the terrorist threat. The guard is expected to include up to 85,000 service personnel by 2018. The law was approved by the Council of Ministers, a powerful executive body composed of senior officials, on Wednesday. ‘The National Guard, these volunteers, both men and women, have decided, in parallel to their civilian lives, to join the military service for the protection of the French people,’ said a statement on the government website. Those who apply for the National Guard will be able to choose between army activities, serving in the gendarmerie (the police force that is part of the French Army), or working in the French police.”


Newsweek: Russian Forces Raid Homes Of Muslim Community In Crimea

“Russian authorities raided a series of households in Crimea’s Muslim Tatar community in what locals are fearing is the beginning of a crackdown against them. Crimean Tatars have been among the most vocal critics of the Russian annexation of Crimea and have faced closures of their media outlets and their traditional, local assembly known as the Majlis. Russian authorities have also previously raided Tatar homes, searching for evidence of Islamist extremism. According to locals in the Strohonivka suburb of Simferopol, Crimea’s largest city, heavily armed Russian security agents arrived in the area early in the morning and started searching Tatar houses.”

Deutsche Welle: ‘Crime-Terror Nexus’: Europe’s Former Criminals, Future Terrorists

“The majority of Europe’s jihadist foreign fighters have criminal backgrounds, said a report published on Tuesday by the International Center for the Study of Radicalization and Political Violence (ICSR) at King’s College in London. The study, which compiled a database of 79 known jihadists with criminal pasts, showed that 57 percent of them had served prison sentences prior to radicalization, with 27 percent of those having radicalized while incarcerated, ‘although the process often continued and intensified after their release.’”

Combating the Financing of Terrorism

Akhbar Libya: Arrest Of European Network Financing Terrorism In Libya

“Spanish authorities on Tuesday arrested 109 people suspected of supplying weapons to terrorist groups in countries facing internal conflicts, including Libya. {Spokesman for the} Spanish Civil Guard said that a major security crackdown was carried out in coordination with relevant authorities in Spain, Italy, France and Greece. It led to the detention of a Syrian-led network. Investigations dating back to 2013 revealed that this group was involved in drug trafficking on ships from Turkey to Libya, to finance the purchase weapons.”


Bl3raby: Nineveh: ISIS Sells Homes Of Iraqi Government Employees

“A local source in Nineveh province disclosed, on Wednesday, that the ISIS organization has been selling off houses belonging to individuals affiliated with the Iraqi security services, university professors and government officials in the province. The houses are sold at {extremely} devalued prices. The source revealed that the organization sells a house for 25 million dinars ($21,500), while its real value is more than 100 million dinars ($86,000).”

Egypt Today: ISIS Forces Detainees To Buy Clothes In Line With Its Dress Code

“In Deir al-Zour province, it was reported that ISIS forced detainees in the eastern rural areas to buy “Pakistani clothes.” The Hisbah (ISIS religious police) has reportedly been forcing men who “violate the Islamic dress code” to purchase “Pakistani clothes.” ISIS charges about 6,000 Syrian pounds ($28) for these clothes, and only dress-code “violators” who buy them can secure their release.”

Muslim Brotherhood

The Seventh Day: Egypt: Former President Of Alexandria University Accused Of Managing Muslim Brotherhood Funds

“Egyptian lawyer Tarek Mahmoud filed Complaint no. 12568 for the year 2016 to the Attorney General, against Osama Ibrahim, the former president of Alexandria University, and a member of the international arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. He is accused of running the group’s funds, exploiting his previous jobs and his work as professor of ophthalmology at the University of Alexandria. Ibrahim is accused of investing Brotherhood’s money in several medical and commercial projects which yielded financial gains of up to nearly 2 billion pounds ($227 million). Mahmoud alleged that Ibrahim manages dozens of projects which yield huge profits in Matrouh, Cairo and Tanta for the benefit of the Brotherhood. In his complaint, Mahmoud referred to the ruling by Cairo Court for Urgent Matters in case no. 3343/2014, which deemed the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group.”

Masralarabia: Expert Accuses Muslim Brotherhood Of Creating Sugar Crisis In Egypt

“Major-General Alaa Abd El Mageed, an Egyptian security and law expert, claimed that the sugar crisis Egypt is facing is the result of foreign plots initiated by the Muslim Brotherhood and its sleeper cells within the Ministry of Supply and Agriculture. In an interview to Capital TV channel, the security expert called to use an iron fist against these plots. This comment comes after the retail markets and outlet stores experienced a shortage in sugar supplies, causing the price of 1 kilogram of sugar to rise from 5 to 10 Egyptian pounds, equivalent to $0.50 and $1.00.”


Yemen Press: Houthi Militia Steals From Victims Of The Funeral Hall Incident In Sanaa

“Yemeni activists revealed a reprehensible act committed by Houthi gunmen who surrounded the grand funeral hall in Sanaa, after it was bombed by the Saudi-led alliance. The activists claimed that the militiamen stole the priceless items belonging to the dead, including the al-Janabi (Yemeni dagger) and money. Eyewitnesses testified that the gunmen surrounding the hall prevented ambulances and fire trucks from approaching. The {culprits} searched the bodies of the victims and stole the al-Janabi. Note that the price of this traditional dagger can be as high as one million Yemeni riyals ($5,332). This act {of desecration} lasted for hours and activists alleged that money was also stolen from the bodies of victims before their evacuation


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