Eye on Extremism, February 01, 2017

Counter Extremism Project

Daily Mail: Trump Migration Ban Risks Boosting Extremist Threat: Experts

“President Donald Trump’s order blocking immigrants from seven mostly-Muslim countries in the name of national security could backfire and increase the threat of extremist attacks in the United States, US experts say. They point out that most recent terror strikes both in America and Europe were carried out by citizens of the target countries, or of nations not included in the ban which covers Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. And they warn Trump’s move is likely to complicate US security officials’ crucial efforts to gain cooperation from the country’s Muslim community in fighting home-grown extremism.”

International Business Times: 20-Year-Old Isis Supporter Faces Decades Behind Bars For Using Twitter To Spread Propaganda 

“A 20-year-old US man pleaded guilty this week (30 January) to conspiracy to provide support to rogue Islamic State (Isis) terror group, including the use of over 70 Twitter accounts to spread propaganda, make threats and facilitate meetings between extremists. Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, is also alleged to have used social media channels to leak the names, addresses, photographs and military branches of roughly 100 US service personnel, the Department of Justice (DoJ) revealed in a statement. Court filings show Aziz is now facing four counts, including two of ‘conspiring and attempting to provide material support to Isis’, one of ‘solicitation to commit a crime of violence’ and one of ‘transmitting a communication containing a threat to injure’.”

Reuters: Syrian Militias Get More U.S. Support For IS Fight, Plan New Phase

“The U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State has boosted support for its Syrian allies, supplying armored vehicles for the first time as they prepare for a new phase in their campaign to capture Raqqa, a spokesman for the militia said on Tuesday. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance, which is dominated by the Kurdish YPG militia, is waging a campaign to capture Islamic State’s base of operations in Raqqa. A Kurdish military source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the next phase of the Raqqa campaign would aim to seal off all remaining roads to the city, including the route to Deir al-Zor province, another IS stronghold. The SDF is likely to figure prominently in U.S. President Donald Trump’s strategy for fighting Islamic State in Syria, where the jihadist group still holds large areas of territory stretching to the Iraqi border.”

The Guardian: The Battle For Mosul: ‘I Have Never Seen Such Hard Fighting Like This’

“Rasoul, a 26-year-old radio operator, stood in a narrow street in east Mosul a mile from the frontline, peering into the early morning light as the armoured truck packed with explosives crawled towards him. The other troops around him fired a volley of bullets that ricocheted harmlessly off its thick steel-plated armour before they ran away. But Rasoul, still wrapped in his night-time wool sleeping cloak, stood his ground shouting warnings to anyone who could hear. He darted and hid in a side street when it was just metres away. The counter-terrorism force’s Mosul brigade had made its temporary headquarters in the small residential street just a few days earlier. As the truck bomb exploded it felt as if the ground was lifted into the air and dropped back down again. The force of the blast flattened two houses, damaged several more and incinerated four of the unit’s vehicles.”

Fox News: Exclusive: Pentagon Believes Attack On Saudi Frigate Meant For US Warship

“The Iranian-backed suicide attack targeting a Saudi frigate off the coast of Yemen on Monday may have been meant for an American warship, two defense officials told Fox News. The incident in question occurred in the southern Red Sea and was carried out by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels. Two Saudi sailors were killed and three were wounded. At first the ship was thought to have been struck by a missile. But based on new analysis of a video showing the attack, American intelligence officials now believe this was, in fact, a suicide bomber whose small boat rammed the side of the Saudi vessel.”

Reuters: Iraq Will Not Retaliate Against Trump’s Visa Ban: PM

“Iraq will not retaliate to U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban against Iraqi nationals because it does not want to lose Washington’s cooperation in the war on Islamic State, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said on Tuesday. When asked at a news conference if he would act on the Iraqi parliament’s vote in favor of retaliation, Abadi said: ‘We will not do anything of the sort. We are studying (possible) decisions but we are in a battle and we don’t want to harm the national interest,’ he added. The United States provides critical air and ground support to Iraqi troops fighting the militants who overran a third of Iraq in 2014. More than 5,000 U.S. troops are deployed in Iraq.”

The Times Of Israel: Iran Refuses To Confirm Conducting Missile Test

“Iran’s foreign minister on Tuesday refused to confirm whether his country recently conducted a missile test, saying the Iranian missile program is not part of the 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. The UN Security Council met privately later at the Trump administration’s request, and US Ambassador Nikki Haley said afterward that the world should be ‘alarmed’ at the Iranian test and the council should take action. Haley called the medium-range ballistic missile test ‘absolutely unacceptable’ and said the world would not accept Iran’s contention that it has no intention of attacking any country.”

The New Yorker: The Desperate Battle To Destroy ISIS

“When the campaign to expel the Islamic State from Mosul began, on October 17th, the Nineveh Province swat team was deployed far from the action, in the village of Kharbardan. For weeks, the élite police unit, made up almost entirely of native sons of Mosul, had been patrolling a bulldozed trench that divided bleak and vacant enemy-held plains from bleak and vacant government-held plains. The men, needing a headquarters, had commandeered an abandoned mud-mortar house whose primary charm was its location: the building next door had been obliterated by an air strike, and the remains of half a dozen Islamic State fighters—charred torsos, limbs, and heads—still littered the rubble. The swat-team members huddled around a lieutenant with a radio, listening to news of the offensive. The Kurdish Army, or peshmerga, was advancing toward Mosul from the north; various divisions of the Iraqi military were preparing a push from the south. More than a hundred thousand soldiers, policemen, and government-sanctioned-militia members were expected to participate in the fight to liberate Mosul, the second-largest city in Iraq.”

Reuters: Florida Man Found Guilty Of Islamic State-Inspired Bomb Plot

“A Florida man was convicted on Tuesday of plotting to set off a bomb at a public beach in an act that prosecutors said was inspired by the militant group Islamic State. Harlem Suarez, 25, was found guilty at trial of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and providing material support to terrorists. He faces up to life in prison at his sentencing. Federal agents employed a paid informant to communicate with Suarez after he promoted Islamic State on Facebook, according to court documents. Suarez decided he wanted to build a nail-filled bomb that he would bury at a beach in Key West and detonate remotely, prosecutors said.”

New York Times: Papers Offer A Peek At ISIS’ Drones, Lethal And Largely Off-The-Shelf

“The standardized four-page checklist describes each Islamic State drone mission in chillingly impassive detail: Mission type (spy, bombing, training). Location (city, province). Drone components (motor, bomb ignition). Operation (successful or not). The form, apparently filled out by Islamic State drone operators in Iraq after every mission, was part of a batch of documents discovered in January by a Harvard researcher embedded with Iraqi troops in the battle of Mosul and then turned over to American military analysts for review. The documents — in Arabic and English — offer a rare window into how the Islamic State has cobbled together a rapidly advancing armed drone program that increasingly threatens allied troops fighting the militant group, also known as ISIS or ISIL. They show how the group has institutionalized a program using off-the-shelf technology to bedevil the militarily superior American armed forces.”

ABC News: Al-Qaeda Fighters In Yemen Seemed Ready For SEAL Raid: Source

“Al-Qaeda fighters seemed ready for Sunday’s deadly Navy SEAL raid in Yemen, a source familiar with the raid told ABC News, almost as though they knew the Americans were coming. The raid succeeded in obtaining ‘a tremendous amount’ of information about al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), White House press secretary Sean Spicer said Tuesday, though the firefight killed one SEAL and wounded three others. Three additional servicemembers were injured when an aircraft sent to medevac the SEALs experienced a ‘hard landing’ that left it inoperable. The SEALs’ mission was intended to gather intelligence about the terror group’s senior leadership and its external plotting efforts. The mission was also intended to capture any AQAP leaders if possible, but no one was detained in the raid, said a U.S. official.”

Voice Of America: US Airstrikes Target Taliban Positions In Southern Afghanistan

“The United States military said Tuesday that it has conducted airstrikes to help Afghan security forces hold off a major Taliban assault on a key district center in the embattled southern Helmand province. Fierce fighting has been raging in and around the town of Sangin since early Monday when the insurgents staged a well-coordinated major offensive to try to overrun it. A U.S. military spokesman told VOA Tuesday approximately 10 airstrikes have been carried out in the last 24 hours in and around Sangin.”

The Wall Street Journal: Pentagon Probe Of Islamic State Intelligence Finds Reports Weren’t Skewed

“The Defense Department is expected to release the results of an investigation on Wednesday that largely will exonerate senior military officials at U.S. Central Command of allegations that they manipulated intelligence reports to paint a rosier picture of the battle against the self-proclaimed Islamic State, according to people familiar with the report’s findings. The report is already drawing criticism from those who say it plays down the claims of Centcom’s military analysts, dozens of whom complained in 2015 to the Pentagon Office of Inspector General that their bosses had selectively edited portions of their reports to make them read more optimistically about military progress than the analysts thought was warranted by facts on the ground.”

The Peninsula: Kenya: Al Shabaab Photos Spread Amid Official Void

“The Somali-based al-Shabaab militant group Tuesday released over 100 images claiming to show the aftermath of last Friday’s attack on Kenyan peacekeeping troops in Somalia near the Kenyan border. Via their pro-insurgent radio Andalus, the al-Qaeda-affiliated militants claimed that the graphic photos showing dozens of soldiers killed (67, the group said) and militants making away with military vehicles and weapons were indeed from the Jan. 27 attack at the town of Kulbiyow in Somalia’s Lower Jubba region. The Kenyan government has said the attack left nine soldiers dead.  Nairobi has yet to comment on the images, spread through Twitter, the Telegram smartphone messaging app, and other digital and social media tools.”

United States

The Washington Post: In Deadly Yemen Raid, A Lesson For Trump’s National Security Team

“The mission facing the Navy SEALs as they approached a remote desert compound was a formidable one: detain Yemeni tribal leaders collaborating with al-Qaeda and gather intelligence that could plug a critical gap in U.S. understanding of one of the world’s most dangerous militant groups. Instead, a massive firefight ensued, claiming the life of an American sailor and at least one Yemeni child, and serving as an early lesson for President Trump’s national security team about the perils of overseas ground operations. The raid Saturday in Yemen’s Bayda governorate, which also included elite forces from the United Arab Emirates, was the first counterterrorism operation approved by Trump, who took office a week earlier.”

Reuters: Some Sept. 11 Families Join Criticism Of Trump Immigration Order

“Several relatives of victims of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York and Washington criticized President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration on Tuesday, saying they did not want the memories of those killed used to justify harming refugees. Trump last Friday banned travel into the United States by people from seven Muslim-majority countries, leading to protests, confusion and legal challenges. ‘This is totally unacceptable,’ John Sigmund, whose sister, Johanna Sigmund, died inside the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, told reporters on a conference call. ‘It goes against everything we stand for as Americans.’”

Syria

Reuters: U.N. Plans Next Round Of Syria Peace Talks February 20

“The next round of United Nations-based peace talks on Syria have been scheduled for Feb. 20, diplomats told reporters on Tuesday. The talks had been planned to begin in Geneva on Feb. 8 but Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said last week that they had been postponed. The UN envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said on Tuesday that he had decided to delay the UN-sponsored talks in order to take advantage of last week’s negotiations between the Syrian government and opposition in Astana, Kazakhstan, hosted by Moscow, Ankara and Tehran.”

Iraq

Reuters: With Islamic State Gone, East Mosul Residents Face Uncertain Future

“When Islamic State militants swept into Mosul in 2014, they wandered into Manaf Younes’ billiards hall and declared it un-Islamic, taking away his billiard balls with a stern warning. A hall that was often packed with players until midnight was suddenly abandoned. Photographs of awards that made Younes proud gathered dust for two years and the billiard tables remained covered up. Iraqi government forces have now pushed the militants out of east Mosul and are poised to attack the west. While Younes is thrilled, like many other small businessmen in the city, his joy is tempered by uncertainty as he tries to revive his former life. Islamic State imposed a radical version of Islam in Mosul after establishing the country’s second biggest city as its de facto capital: banning cigarettes, televisions and radios, and forcing men to grow beards and women to cover from head to toe.”

Turkey

Reuters: Turkey Dismissed More Than 90,000 Public Servants In Post-Coup Purge: Minister

“Turkish authorities have dismissed more than 90,000 public servants for alleged connections to a coup attempt in July as part of a purge critics say has broadened to target any political opposition to President Tayyip Erdogan. Speaking to reporters at a roundtable interview broadcast on television, Labour Minister Mehmet Muezzinoglu said 125,485 people from the public service had been put through legal proceedings after the coup attempt, and that 94,867 of those had been dismissed so far. Turkey has been rooting out followers of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom it accuses of having infiltrated state institutions and plotted to overthrow the government. Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, has denied the charge and condemned the coup.”

CNN: Turkish Purges Leave Armed Forces Weak, Dismissed Officer Warns

“Within hours, Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan would appear on CNN Turk via Apple FaceTime from his vacation on the Mediterranean urging his supporters out onto the streets. By morning, the coup plotters had been subdued. Within weeks, the officer — along with hundreds more — would also be out of a job. He maintains he had nothing to do with the attempted coup, and has asked CNN to conceal his identity and location out of fear of reprisals on family and those he knows still in Turkey. But he’s concerned that the aftermath transformed Turkey, leaving the military dangerously understaffed, impacting the stability of the NATO alliance, and entrenching an authoritarian leader.”

Afghanistan

Reuters: Afghan Government Controls Less Than 60 Percent Of Country – Watchdog

“The Afghan government controls less than 60 percent of the country, a U.S. watchdog agency reported on Wednesday, after security forces retreated from many strongholds last year. Afghan soldiers and police, with the aid of thousands of foreign military advisers, are struggling to hold off a resurgent insurgency led by the Taliban, as well as other groups like Islamic State. As of November, the government could only claim to control or influence 57 percent of Afghanistan’s 407 districts, according to U.S. military estimates released by the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), in a quarterly report to the U.S. Congress. That represents a 15 percent decrease in territory held compared with the same time in 2015, the agency said in a report.”

Reuters: Afghan Troops Battle Taliban Offensive In Helmand Province

“Afghan forces said they were holding off a Taliban offensive in Helmand province on Tuesday, as reinforcements and air support arrived. Both sides reported heavy fighting as Taliban militants attacked government positions in Sangin district, an area where insurgents have made major gains in the past two years. ‘There is heavy fighting still ongoing between the Taliban and our forces but those places that were captured by the Taliban yesterday have been taken back,’ said Omar Zwak, a spokesman for the governor of the southern province. Among the reinforcements sent to the embattled district were new commando units, he said. A regional Taliban spokesman, Qari Yousuf Ahmadi, said fighters had captured at least 25 government checkpoints and killed more than 100 soldiers and police.”

Deutsche Welle: Deported Afghans Dream Of Returning To Germany

“Afghan asylum seeker Ahmad Shakib Pouya was considered as an example for successful integration into German society. During his six-year stay in Germany, the Afghan singer learned good German, became part of art projects as a stage actor and was offered paid jobs.  But after his asylum application was rejected, the artist had to willingly return to Afghanistan, in order to avoid deportation and keep alive hopes of getting another chance to come to Germany. According to German law, a deportee will not be granted visa for at least three years. Pouya did not want this to happen to him because he hoped to be able to join his German wife and finish his art projects.”

Middle East

Newsweek: Israel And Turkey Set For First Official Talks In Six Years After Diplomatic Thaw

“Turkey and Israel are making further steps to rebuild relations, with the first first official bilateral negotiations between the two countries in six years. An Israeli delegation is to travel to Turkey Tuesday in a further sign of improvment after the countries ended the six-year freeze in June 2016. Yuval Rotem, the director-general of Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is leading a three-day visit for meetings with Turkish officials, Turkey’s Jewish communities and Israeli officials in the country’s embassy in Ankara, The Times of Israel reported. The two countries broke off ties following an Israeli commando raid on a Turkish-owned vessel in international waters in May 2010 as it attempted to reach the Gaza Strip. The ship was part of a flotilla attempting to breach Israel’s blockade of Gaza, an area presided over by militant group Hamas.”

Libya

Reuters: Libyan Officials Criticize U.S. Travel Ban, Doubt Over February Conference

“Libya’s U.N.-backed government has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s temporary ban on its nationals and those of six other countries entering the United States, which put in question attendance at a high-profile conference on Libya planned in Washington for mid-February. The executive order by Trump comes at a time of uncertainty over U.S. policy in Libya, which remains mired in the chaos that followed the NATO-backed 2011 uprising against long-time leader Muammar Gaddafi. The U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA), was strongly supported by former U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration, but has struggled to assert its authority in Tripoli and beyond.”

Nigeria

The Guardian: Suicide Bomber Kills Self, JTF Member In Maiduguri Mosque

“Borno State Police Commissioner, Damian Chukwu, has confirmed a suicide bomb attack that killed a member of the civilian Joint Task Force (JTF) at the Dalori Housing Estate mosque in Maiduguri yesterday. Two other worshippers in the mosque were also injured after the male suicide bomber detonated his strapped Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) at the entrance of the mosque about 5:22 a.m. Chukwu said: ‘Today at about 0522hrs, a male suicide bomber detonated IEDs strapped to his body near a mosque at Dalori Quarters situated along Maiduguri/Konduga/Bama road, killing himself and a civilian JTF operative who was preventing the suicide bomber from getting close to the mosque where many faithful in the housing estate were observing their early morning prayers.’”

United Kingdom

BBC: Briton Ryan Lock ‘Killed Himself’ To Avoid IS Capture

“A Briton fighting in Syria ‘turned the gun on himself’ to avoid being taken prisoner by so-called Islamic State, Kurdish sources have told the BBC. Ryan Lock, 20, from Chichester in West Sussex, died on 21 December during a battle for the IS group’s stronghold of Raqqa. He was fighting as a volunteer with the Kurdish armed fighting forces, the YPG. The YPG told the BBC that ‘trace of a gunshot wound was found under the chin’, suggesting suicide. Sources said five fighters came under siege by IS – also known as ISIS – in the village of Ja’bar, and they showed ‘considerable resistance’ before they were killed.”

Daily Mail: Terror Alert At Farnborough Airport After Two ‘Suspicious’ Men Are Spotted Hiding In Bushes And Pointing At Buildings ‘As They Carried Out Surveillance’ 

“Anti-terror police are hunting for two men seen hiding in bushes and ‘speaking a foreign language’ on the perimeter of a regional airport. The suspects, described as being of Middle Eastern appearance and in their thirties, were ‘pointing at buildings’ at Farnborough Airport in Hampshire. They were seen acting strangely in Hercules Way, Farnborough, on Wednesday January 25 between 5.15pm and 5.30pm, police have said. One was wearing grey baggy jogging bottoms and a dark hoodie, the other suspect was wearing a dark puffa jacket.”

France

The Washington Post: Why Not?’ France’s Far-Right Party Says It Could Replicate Trump’s Ban If Le Pen Is Elected

“France could implement a travel ban similar to the one in the United States if far-right National Front candidate Marine Le Pen is elected president this spring, a party leader said Monday. President Trump on Friday signed orders to not only suspend admission of all refugees into the United States for 120 days but also to implement ‘new vetting measures’ to screen out ‘radical Islamic terrorists.’ Refugee entry from Syria, however, would be suspended indefinitely, and all travel from Syria and six other nations — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen — is suspended for 90 days.”

Europe

The New York Times: Ukraine War Heats Up As U.S. Seeks Thaw With Russia

“The war in eastern Ukraine that simmered quietly for months has erupted in a lethal bout of fighting in recent days. The violence, which killed at least eight Ukrainian soldiers and three on the pro-Russian side, shifted the front lines by only a few hundred yards in several spots, but potentially complicates American efforts to improve relations with Russia. The United States Army helps to train and equip Ukrainian soldiers, who are fighting Russian-backed separatists in two eastern provinces of Ukraine, in the only active war in Europe today.”

Deutsche Welle: Europe’s Top Court Says Asylum Seekers With Terror Links Can Be Turned Away

“The highest court in the EU said on Tuesday that an asylum seeker can be rejected if the individual has ties to a terrorism organization. The case brought before the European Court of Justice concerned a Moroccan citizen named Mostafa Lounani. After spending six years in prison in Belgium for helping forge documents on behalf of a jihadist network, Lounani applied for refugee status in the EU, arguing he would be persecuted in his native country because of his prison sentence. But the court in Luxembourg ruled against Lounani. ‘An application for asylum can be rejected if the asylum seeker has participated in the activities of a terrorist network,’ the court said.”

The Wall Street Journal: EU Council Chief Says Trump A Threat To Europe’s Future

“European Council President Donald Tusk said Friday the ‘worrying declarations’ from the new U.S. administration were helping make the geopolitical situation dangerous and adding to the external threats that were creating unpredictability over the future of Europe. In a letter released ahead of the European Union gathering this week in Malta, Mr. Tusk said many in the world are becoming euroskeptic or anti-European and questioned what position the new Trump administration would take. ‘Particularly the change in Washington puts the European Union in a difficult situation; with the new administration seeming to put into question the last 70 years of American foreign policy,’ Mr. Tusk wrote.”

Terror Financing

Echorouk: Algeria: Trader-Financier Of Terrorist Groups Imprisoned

“The Attorney General of the Criminal Court House in the Algerian capital, on Monday, sentenced a currency dealer to six years in prison and a fine of 100k dinars ($912). The dealer, who was accused of supporting terrorist groups in the Tizi Ouzou Mountains, was convicted of financing armed groups, with the help of his brother, who lives in those mountains. He was also convicted of hailing terrorist acts. Security forces discovered that the currency trader had transferred food and other supplies to the terrorists in the Mountains of Tizi Ouzou, using passenger vehicles. To avoid being tracked by security forces, he rented the cars from an agency located in Ain Naadja district in the Algerian capital. Security forces also found a mobile phone in the defendant’s possession, which he had used to communicate with his brother. The device contained video clips praising terrorist acts and incitement to carry out attacks against security installations in Algeria. Security forces also found invoices proving the purchase of foodstuffs.”

Dostor: Financing Of Terrorist Groups In Sinai From Hashish Trade To Car Theft And Armed Robbery

“Security sources revealed that terrorist groups in the Sinai rely financially on drug and weapons trafficking. Other funding sources include stealing cars and smuggling them into Gaza. The number of cars smuggled through the tunnels in 2011 reached over 13k, across nearly 450 main tunnels and 750 secondary tunnels. The number of tunnels rose to 1600 after the January 25th Revolution. The annual income from trade through the tunnels totaled $1 – 1.5 billion. After the revolution, terrorist groups started stealing ATMs and executing armed robberies of banks and financial institutions.”

ISIS

Dostor: Iraq: Execution Of Syrian Who Transferred Funds To ISIS

“Spokesman for the Supreme Judicial Council in Iraq confirmed on Tuesday that the Central Criminal Court in Baghdad issued a death sentence for a convicted Syrian national, who was involved in the transfer of funds to ISIS from European, African and Arab countries. Judge Abdul Sattar Bayrakdar announced, in a press statement, that the Central Criminal Court heard the lawsuit against the Syrian national following his capture in a commando operation near the Iraqi-Syrian border. He added that investigations proved the accused’s involvement in transactions in which he received remittances from European, African and Arab countries and conveyed them to ISIS.”

Muslim Brotherhood

The Seventh Day: Brotherhood Leader Accuses International Organization Of Misusing The Group’s Money

“Brotherhood leader Ezz Eldeen Dwedar accused the group’s International Organization of stealing its funds. He claims these funds are being squandered on the leaders of the international organization and not on the {real} support bases of the Brotherhood. Dwedar wrote in a Facebook post: “The International Organization of Muslim Brotherhood and its leaders tear up the principles of our religion every time they arbitrarily use Brotherhood funds as a weapon to impose conditions on the entire group, contrary to the will of Muslim Brotherhood members, councils and institutions.”

Parlmany: Egyptian MP Claims Muslim Brotherhood Profiting From Sale Of Abu Hummus Market Plot

“Dr. Ahmed Aerjaoa, an Egyptian MP representing the Nour Party from Beheira Governorate, claimed the Muslim Brotherhood’s Guidance Office is profiting from a violation by “Egyptian Markets Co.” According to Aerjaoa, this company failed to make use of a plot of land allocated to it for building a market in Beheira’s Abu Hummus area. It left the lot empty but then sold it {for a profit} to a third party without erecting a market on it {as originally promised}. The MP said, “The purchase and sales transactions were done in the Brotherhood Guide’s Office, and we do not want the Brotherhood to manipulate the interests of Abu Hummus residents.” Aerjaoa noted, “Every project in the Guidance Office will be seized. We will not allow any transactions made in the Guidance Office to be at the expense of the people.”

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