Eye on Extremism, April 24, 2017

 

CNN: Afghan Base Attack: More Than 140 Feared Dead In Taliban Raid

“The Taliban’s deadly raid Friday on a northern army base that killed or wounded more than 100 people was revenge for the deaths of two of its officials in the region, a spokesman for the group told CNN. As many as 140 people may have been killed in the attack, sources close to the situation told CNN. The sources are officials who requested anonymity so as not to interfere with the Ministry of Defense or Ministry of Interior, which are responsible for reporting official tolls. Zabiullah Mujahid told CNN in an email Saturday that the attack was undertaken because pro-Afghan government forces killed two Taliban shadow governors in the northern provinces of Kunduz and Baghlan.”

New York Times: 2 Top Military Officials in Afghanistan Resign After Taliban Attack

“The Afghan minister of defense and the army chief of staff both resigned on Monday as the government faced mounting pressure over a Taliban sneak attack that killed more than 160 soldiers last week. Shahhussain Murtazawi, a spokesman for the Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, confirmed the resignations of the defense minister, Gen. Abdullah Habibi, and the chief of staff, Gen. Qadam Shah Shahim. In the single deadliest Taliban attack of the long war against Afghan forces, 10 assailants drove onto the country’s largest base in the north on Friday, disguised as soldiers carrying wounded comrades. Some of them detonated explosives among hundreds of unarmed troops who were emerging from Friday Prayer, while others went on a rampage gunning down soldiers, most of them new recruits in training.”

Reuters: Hundreds More Join Mosul Exodus As Iraqi Forces Retake Two More Western Districts

“Pushing carts loaded with bags, babies and the elderly, hundreds of people fled Mosul on Saturday after Iraqi forces retook two more districts in the west of the city from Islamic State. After walking for miles, families were taken by bus from a government checkpoint in the south of the city to camps housing more than 410,000 people displaced since the offensive to retake Mosul began in October. ‘We left with no water, food or electricity,’ said 63-year-old Abu Qahtan, the elder of a group of 41 people from five families. ‘We left with the clothes on our backs.’ Iraqi forces have taken much of Mosul from the militants who overran the city in June 2014. The military now controls the eastern districts and are making advances in the west.”

Reuters: Al Qaeda Chief Urges Jihadists To Use Guerrilla Tactics In Syria

“Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri has called on Syrian Sunni jihadists to wage guerrilla war against enemies ranging from Syrian President Bashar al Assad and his Iranian-backed allies to Western powers. In an audio recording posted online on Sunday, Zawahri called for the rebels to be patient, saying they should be prepared for a long battle with the Western-led coalition in Iraq and Syria and Iranian-backed Shi’ites fighting alongside Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s government. “Our people in Sham (Syria) prepare yourselves for a long battle with the Crusaders and their allies the Shi’ites and Alawites,” the successor to Osama bin Laden said.  Muslim Sunni militants consider Shi’ites and Alawites heretics. Zawahri said jihadists were targeted by their enemies because they sought to impose Islamic rule in Syria, adding that the West and its allies were doing everything they could to prevent an “Islamic” wave that was sweeping the region.”

Reuters: Sweden Arrests Second Suspect Over Deadly Truck Attack

“Swedish police said they had arrested a second suspect linked to the deadly truck attack in Stockholm this month.T he unnamed person was detained on Sunday on the order of prosecutors, the force said, without going into further details on the suspected offence. Four people were killed and 15 injured when a truck plowed into a crowd on a shopping street and crashed into a department store in the center of the capital on April 7.The suspected driver, an Uzbek asylum seeker named by police as Rakhmat Akilov, is already in custody. Police said the second arrest had followed the examination of unspecified material gathered after the attack.”

The Guardian: Suspected US Drone Strike Kills Three Al-Qaida Operatives In Yemen – Report

“Tribal and security officials said on Sunday a suspected US airstrike had killed three al-Qaida operatives on Yemen’s southern coast. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief the media, said the operatives killed in Shabwa province on Sunday were driving a car when an unmanned aircraft targeted their vehicle. Their bodies were not immediately identified. Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (Aqap), long seen by Washington as among the most dangerous branches of the global terror network, has exploited the chaos of the Yemen civil war, seizing territory in the south and east.”

New York Times: U.S. Raid Killed A ‘Close Associate’ Of Islamic State Leader, Military Says

“United States Special Operations forces carried out a ground raid in Syria this month that killed a militant who was known as “a close associate” of the Islamic State’s leader and who had helped plot a deadly attack on a nightclub in Istanbul on New Year’s Day, the military said on Friday. American troops killed the insurgent, Abdurakhmon Uzbeki, on April 6 in an operation in Mayadin, Syria. He was targeted for his role in the Islamic State’s external terrorist-attack plotting, said Col. John Thomas, a spokesman for the military’s Central Command. “He facilitated the movement of ISIS foreign terror fighters and funds,” Colonel Thomas said in a Friday briefing to reporters by telephone from the command’s headquarters in Tampa, Fla., using the acronym for the Islamic State. Colonel Thomas said it took until now to confirm that Mr. Uzbeki was killed in the raid two weeks ago.”

The Guardian: Libya’s Warring Sides Reach Diplomatic Breakthrough In Rome

“Rome has brokered a diplomatic breakthrough in Libya that has the potential to bring the two main warring sides together in a new political agreement after years of division, fighting and economic misery. The scale of the breakthrough will be tested later this week, but Italy is hailing a compromise brokered between the presidents of the house of representatives, Ageela Saleh, and the state council, Abdulrahman Sewehli. The meeting was overseen by the Italian foreign minister, Angelino Alfano, and the Italian ambassador to Libya. According to a statement from the state council, “there was an atmosphere of friendliness and openness” at the meeting in Rome. The statement also said there would have to be further consultations between the two sides this week in order to bring about reconciliation “and stop the bleeding as well as [ensure] the return of displaced persons.”

The Jerusalem Post: UN Employee Resigns Amid Allegations He Was Elected To Hamas Leadership

“Suhail al-Hindi, an United Nations Relief Works Agency employee who was allegedly elected to the Hamas leadership, resigned from his position at the UN body, the Palestinian news site al-Rishalah reported on Saturday.  UNRWA Spokesman Chris Gunness confirmed Hindi is no longer employed by UNRWA. ‘I can confirm that Mr. al-Hindi is no longer working for UNRWA. It is not the policy of the Agency to discuss the terms of departure of individual staff members,’ Gunness said in an email statement. UNRWA suspended Hindi in February, pending an investigation into the allegations against him.”

New York Times: Outspoken Maldives Blogger Who Challenged Radical Islamists Is Killed

“A liberal blogger who wrote satirical critiques of the Maldivian government and the spread of radical Islam died Sunday after being stabbed in the stairway of his apartment building. The blogger, Yameen Rasheed, 29, had complained repeatedly to the police about receiving death threats, he said in an interview with The New York Times this year, adding that the police often failed to return his calls or dropped his complaints without investigation. “In my case, I get multiple kinds of death threats from different people, because I write and do the campaign,” he said. Mr. Rasheed was a coordinator of a campaign to find his friend Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla, a journalist for The Maldives Independent who was abducted in 2014. The police said that Mr. Rasheed was found with multiple stab wounds in his apartment building in the capital, Malé, shortly before 3 a.m. He was rushed to Indira Gandhi Memorial Hospital and died soon after.”

Washington Post: A Tunisian Family Torn Apart By ISIS

“One evening last fall, the Islamic State fighters came down from the mountains. Fadha Ghozlani shows a portrait of her brother Sayed, who was killed by Islamic State militants in their family house. Among Sayed’s attackers was a cousin. Sayed Ghozlani was visiting his family during a break from the army, and the fighters wanted to find him. They stormed his house during dinner and corralled the men. They beat them up, tied their hands behind their backs and forced them all to kneel. Then one fighter pressed a gun against Ghozlani’s head and demanded his name. “Abdul Malik,” he replied. “That’s not the truth,” another militant said in a voice that was familiar, according to two witnesses. His face bloodied, Ghozlani looked up to see a figure carrying an AK-47 rifle and smiling triumphantly. It was his cousin, Muntasir.”

United States

Fox News: US Airstrike Kills Taliban Shadow Governor In Afghanistan Sought Since 2011

“U.S. officials said Saturday that a Taliban ‘shadow governor’ was killed in an airstrike in Afghanistan as part of the effort to deny ‘Taliban freedom-of-movement’ in the region. U.S. forces in Afghanistan said Quari Tayib was known as the ‘shadow governor’ of Takhar province. He was killed in a strike in Archi District in the Kunduz province on April 17, the statement said. Tayib had been a target of interest in 2011 and was directly responsible for the deaths of U.S. servicemen in Afghanistan, officials said. According to The Guardian, Taliban shadow governors are responsible for directing insurgents fighting in Afghanistan. They work with more freedom in areas where Kabul does not have control. Two other Taliban shadow governors were killed in separate U.S. airstrikes earlier this year.”

Voice Of America: Trump Awards Purple Heart To Army Sergeant Injured In Afghanistan

“President Donald Trump on Saturday made his first visit to a military hospital with his wife, Melania, in order to award a Purple Heart to an Army sergeant. Trump said he was moved by the story of Sergeant 1st Class Alvaro Barrientos, who was wounded in Afghanistan last month. ‘When I heard about this … I wanted to do it myself,’ Trump said during a brief ceremony at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Barrientos, whose right leg below the knee had been amputated, was brought into a hospital atrium in a wheelchair, accompanied by his wife, Tammy. Trump kissed Barrientos’ wife before he affixed the award to the sergeant’s shirt collar.”

Reuters: U.S. Watching Piracy Increase Off Somalia, Sees Ties To Famine

“The United States is closely watching a recent increase in piracy off the coast of Somalia, a senior U.S. military official said on Sunday as Defense Secretary Jim Mattis visited an important military base in Djibouti. The rise in piracy attacks has at least partially been driven by famine and drought in the region, the top U.S. military commander overseeing troops in Africa said during Mattis’ visit as part of a week-long trip to the Middle East and Africa. The United States uses the base in Djibouti, a tiny country the size of Wales at the southern entrance to the Red Sea, as a launch pad for operations in Yemen and Somalia.”

The Hill: US To Step Up Support For Saudis, Says Pentagon Chief

“The Trump administration is weighing providing additional support for the Saudi-led fight in Yemen amid mounting speculation about specific military steps the U.S. may take in the battle against Iranian-backed rebels. But such a move could receive blowback on Capitol Hill, where members of both parties have called for the administration to provide a more detailed strategy on conflicts such as in Syria and have expressed doubts about assisting Saudi Arabia in Yemen. Defense Secretary James Mattis all but pledged additional support for the Saudi-led fight in Yemen this week.”

Syria

Reuters: Syrian Army, Allies Gain Ground Against Rebels North Of Hama

“The Syrian army and allied forces advanced against rebels in western Syria near Hama city on Sunday, building on recent strategic gains in the area, a military source and a monitoring group said. Government forces captured the town of Halfaya and nearby villages, they said, taking back territory that rebels seized last year from forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad. ‘We gained control of Halfaya and several hills in the area,’ the Syrian military source said. ‘The army will of course continue its fight.’ Boosted by Russian air strikes and Iranian-backed militias, the Syrian army has pushed into rebel areas north of Hama, expanding its control this week along the western highway that links Damascus and Aleppo.”

Associated Press: Opposition: Airstrikes Knock Out Hospital In Syria’s North

“An opposition war monitor and media platform say airstrikes have knocked out a medical center in Syria’s rebel-held northern province. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says Saturday’s airstrikes seriously damaged the medical center in Abdin village in Idlib, putting it out of service. The Observatory says medical staff members were wounded in the attack, but had no further details. The activist-run Aleppo Today media group says the attack killed three of the medical staff and wounded others. The group also said the medical center in Abdin was out of service.”

Fox News: Russia Upset Over Being Blocked From Syria Chemical Weapons Investigation

“Russia has protested the U.S.’ refusal to allow its inspectors to participate in a formal investigation into a chemical weapons attack that struck the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhan in northern Idlib, Syria, earlier this month. According to Reuters, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the matter in a phone call on Friday, with Tillerson reinforcing his backing of the current investigative system carried out by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW).”

Iraq

Reuters: Three Iraqi Policemen Killed In Suicide Attack South Of Mosul

“Three policemen were killed on Sunday in a suicide attack south of Mosul, the northern Iraqi city where Islamic State is fighting off a U.S.-backed offensive, security sources said. A group of about 10 assailants, including four suicide bombers, had tried to infiltrate a Federal Police helicopter base in Al-Areej, a police captain told Reuters. Three policemen and three of the assailants were killed in the attack, he said. Police gave chase but the assailants managed to escape, he said. Islamic State’s Amaq news agency said the attack was carried out by two members who detonated their explosive vests after running out of ammunition.”

Afghanistan

The Guardian: Afghanistan Reels From Taliban’s Deadliest Attack On Army Since 2001

“Afghans are still reeling from the Taliban’s deadliest attack on the security forces since 2001, with the country’s leadership accused of fumbling the response to the atrocity. As many as a dozen militants stormed the largest army base in northern Afghanistan on Friday, killing at least 140 soldiers, many of them unarmed. The president, Ashraf Ghani, called for a national day of mourning and travelled to Mazar-i-Sharif to visit the base, but many among a grieving population called for answers, reassurances – and government heads to roll. In an apparent attempt to save face, the central administration has continuously downplayed the death toll, which has been confirmed by anonymous officials in many corners of government.”

The New York Times: ‘A Shortage Of Coffins’ After Taliban Slaughter Unarmed Soldiers

“They looked like Afghan Army soldiers returning from the front lines, carrying the bodies of wounded comrades as part of the ruse. Dressed in military uniforms, a squad of 10 Taliban militants drove in two army Ford Ranger trucks past seven checkpoints. They arrived inside northern Afghanistan’s largest military installation just as hundreds, perhaps thousands, of unarmed soldiers were emerging from Friday Prayers and preparing for lunch. For the next five hours, the militants went on a rampage, killing at least 140 soldiers and officers in what is emerging as the single deadliest known attack on an Afghan military base in the country’s 16-year war. Some assailants blew themselves up among the soldiers fleeing for their lives, according to survivors, witnesses and officials.”

Reuters: Few Clues On Casualties At Site Of Huge U.S. Bomb In Afghanistan

“The remote site in eastern Afghanistan where the U.S. military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb ever deployed in combat earlier this month bears signs of the weapon’s power, but little evidence of how much material and human damage it inflicted. Reuters photos and video footage – some of the first images from journalists allowed to get close to the site – reveal a scarred mountainside, burned trees and some ruined mud-brick structures. They did not offer any clues as to the number of casualties or their identities.”

Middle East

Haaretz: Israeli Soldier Lightly Stabbed At West Bank Checkpoint

“An Israeli soldier was very lightly wounded on Monday morning when a Palestinian woman stabbed her at a West Bank checkpoint located between Jerusalem and Ramallah. The 25-year-old victim sustained injuries to the upper part of her body and was evacuated to Hadassah Medical Center, Jersualem after being treated at the scene, Magen David Adom paramedics said. The army said that the soldier was injured while subduing the attacker at the Qalandiyah checkpoint.”

The Times Of Israel: 6 Israelis, Including 2 Soldiers, Charged With Attacking Arabs

“The Shin Bet domestic security service and the Israel Police arrested six Israelis from Beersheba on suspicion of violently attacking Arabs in the southern Israeli city, the Shin Bet said Sunday. It did not say when the arrests took place. According to a Shin Bet statement, the attacks began in December, with the suspects using weapons such as knifes, batons and crowbars to carry out their attacks. The Shin Bet said the most violent incident carried out by the suspects was a stabbing attack in February.”

Reuters: Palestinian Wounds Four In Tel Aviv Stabbing Attack: Israeli Police

“A Palestinian stabbed and slightly wounded four people along Tel Aviv’s beachfront on Sunday and was arrested, police said, describing the attack as terrorism-related. A wave of street attacks by Palestinians in Israel and the occupied West Bank since October 2015 has previously killed 37 Israelis, two American tourists and a British student. At least 242 Palestinians have died during the period of sporadic violence. Israel says at least 162 of the Palestinians killed had launched stabbing, shooting or car ramming attacks. Others died during clashes and protests.”

Deutsche Welle: Israel Kills Three In Syria Strike On Pro-Assad Militia

“Britain-based war monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, along with the National Defense Forces (NDF) militia in southern Syria reported that a military base in Quneitra province was attacked on Sunday. It remained unclear whether the bombardment came from an air strike or shelling, the British watchdog said, adding that it had struck a ‘weapons warehouse’ in the camp. Three members of the pro-government NDF were reportedly killed while two were wounded; an unnamed militia official was quoted as saying by news agency AFP.”

Haaretz: In Rebuff of Hezbollah, Lebanese Prime Minister Visits Israeli Border

“Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri toured the border area with Israel on Friday, highlighting the deployment of the Lebanese army along the Israeli border. The visit came a day after the Lebanese Shi’ite Hezbollah militia organized a tour for Lebanese and foreign journalists along the border in the company of armed Hezbollah fighters. Lebanese sources said that Hariri’s decision to tour the border region came on Thursday following a report of the Hezbollah-sponsored visit for members of the media.”

Deutsche Welle: Israel Observes Holocaust Remembrance Day

“Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu started Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday by saying the lessons of the Holocaust guide him ‘every morning and every evening,’ and warned Israel’s opponents not to test him. Netanyahu spoke at the main ceremony at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, and issued a stark warning to those who threaten to destroy Israel. His message was directed at Iran and the so-called Islamic State (IS) in particular. ‘Iran and the Islamic State want to destroy us, and a hatred for Jews is being directed towards the Jewish state today,’ said Netanyahu, adding, ‘those who threaten to destroy us risk being destroyed themselves.’”

The Jerusalem Post: Fatah Calls For ‘Day Of Rage’ In Support Of Prisoners

“The West Bank’s ruling party Fatah called on Palestinians to participate in a day of rage this Friday in support of the hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners.  Ma’an, a Palestinian news agency, reported on Saturday that Fatah is urging Palestinians ‘to clash with the occupier at all friction points.’ More than a thousand Palestinian prisoners, led by Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti, who was convicted of five counts of murder, are carrying out a mass hunger strike in Israeli prisons.”

Reuters: Lebanese Army Says Islamic State Leader Killed, 10 Arrested Near Border

“A local Islamic State leader was killed on Saturday during a dawn raid by the Lebanese army in which troops arrested 10 suspected militants who had entered a northeastern border town from Syria, the army said. No soldiers were reported wounded or killed in the operation in Arsal, which militants briefly overran in 2014 in a battle that killed dozens and marked one of the most serious spillovers of the six-year Syrian conflict into Lebanon. ‘An army unit carried out a swift raid at dawn today in Arsal, resulting in the arrest of 10 dangerous terrorists who had previously infiltrated,’ the army statement said.”

Nigeria

The Guardian: GOC Charges Troops To Dislocate, Clear Boko Haram Remnants

“The Acting General Officer Commanding (GOC) of 7 Division of the Nigerian Army, Brig-Gen. Victor Ezugwu, has charged troops of Operation Lafiya Dole to dislocate and clear remnants of Boko Haram terrorists in the northeast. Ezugwu gave the charge yesterday morning, while addressing troops deployed to Sabon Gari community in Damboa Council of Borno State. On Tuesday, the military post at Sabon Gari was attacked by insurgents, leading to the loss of eight soldiers, along with arms and ammunition at the base.”

United Kingdom

BBC News: Man Arrested In London Counter-Terrorism Swoop Bailed

“One of two men arrested in London on suspicion of terrorism offences has been released on bail. The 40-year-old was detained by the Met Police’s counter-terrorism command in south-east London on Saturday. He was held on suspicion of making ‘funding arrangements for the purposes of terrorism’ but was bailed until a date in May, the force said. A 30-year-old man arrested in north London on Wednesday on suspicion of preparing terrorism remains in custody. He was apprehended under the Terrorism Act 2000 and is being held at a south London police station, the Met said. Searches at a residential address in north London have now finished but inquiries are ongoing.”

The Guardian: Police Arrest Second Man In London Terrorism Inquiry

“A second man has been arrested as part of an investigation in London by counter-terrorism officers. The Metropolitan police’s counter-terrorism command detained the 40-year-old man in south-east London on Saturday. He was held on suspicion of ‘being concerned in funding arrangements for the purposes of terrorism’, Scotland Yard said, and was being questioned under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act. Police arrested a 30-year-old man on Wednesday on suspicion of being concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism.”

France

The Washington Post: France’s Terrorism Problem Divided The Country. The Election Could Make It Worse.

“For a few days over the past two years, terrorism helped to unite some parts of French society. Following large-scale attacks, the French rallied behind their deeply unpopular President François Hollande, making his approval ratings repeatedly skyrocket for short time periods. But the times of political unity are long over. In Sunday’s first round of the presidential election, following a divisive campaign, French voters will have their choice between 11 candidates and their vastly different approaches to counterterrorism. Even before Thursday’s attack at the Champs-Elysees in which one police officer was killed, a majority of French said in polls that they wanted harsher sentences for terrorists and more powers for security services to prevent attacks.”

Terrorism In France: What ISIS Hopes To Get Out Of Attacking France So Close To The Elections

“On Friday Paris prosecutor François Molins announced the name of the man who had fatally shot a police officer on the Champs-Élysées Thursday night before being shot dead as he tried to flee the scene. Karim Cheurfi, the prosecutor said, was a convicted criminal who had spoken about wanting to kill police officers. On the ground by his body, police said they found a handwritten note defending the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). The timing of the attack seemed calculated. Thursday marked the last day of campaigning for France’s presidential election.”

Europe

The Washington Post: Spanish Police Arrest Suspect From Egypt With German Help

“Spanish police say they have arrested a 43-year-old Egyptian man for allegedly belonging to an international terror organization. Spain’s civil guard says the man was arrested Saturday in the central town of El Espinar near the city of Segovia. It said an extradition order will be begun to return him to Egypt, whose authorities were seeking his arrest. The civil guard said the suspect had been caught by German authorities during raids to break up a terror cell in Hamburg in 2002, only to later be released. Both German and Egyptian authorities gave their Spanish counterparts information leading to his recapture.”

Counter-Terrorism

Al-Hayat: Damage From Terrorism In Iraq’s Liberated Areas Valued At $35 Billion  

“Iraq is likely to receive additional international aid to promote the implementation of {planned} projects. This assistance is expected during the Conference of Reconstruction of the Areas Affected by Terrorist Operations, which will be held next month in the city of Erbil. The head of the Reconstruction Fund {of the aforementioned areas}, Mustapha al-Hitti, stated that “government reports estimate damages in the affected areas at $35 billion, with the exception of Nineveh province.” He also thanked Kuwait for funding a comprehensive survey to assess the damages in the various provinces. This survey will be conducted by reputable, objective international companies to remove any doubt about the estimates.”

Elbalad: Former Egyptian Minister: Terror Will Be Eliminated Only By Drying Up Its Sources Of Funding

Ex-Egyptian foreign affairs minister Mohammed Al-Orabi said that the end of the crises in Libya, Syria and Yemen will take many years. He noted that President al-Sisi has outlined the importance of the international community’s response to countries that finance and support terrorism. Al-Orabi, appearing on the MBC Egypt TV channel, said that the elimination of terrorism in the Arab region will be possible only by drying up its sources of funding. The former minister pointed out that the influence of al-Qaeda is currently growing following its cooperation with the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria and Libya. He further emphasized that Iranian interference in Arab countries’ internal affairs is completely unacceptable.

ISIS

Almaghrib Today: Algeria: Tight Controls On Social Media To Prevent Recruitment Of Youth By ISIS

“Intelligence agencies affiliated with the Algerian security forces have tightened controls on social media, with the aim of confronting the recruitment of young Algerians to the ranks of ISIS. It was reported that in recent months, local security forces dismantled dozens of cells directly related to ISIS, including a network taken down last week in the Algerian capital, which specialized in recruiting young Algerians to the ranks of the terror organization. This network consisted of eight people, including a young Tunisian woman, who were enroute to Syria to participate in extremist activities including the so-called “Jihad al-Nikah.” The woman had joined ISIS at the age of 24, after being recruited online.”

Muslim Brotherhood

Alghad: Expert: Iran sells arms to the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt via intermediaries

“Iran is selling weapons through intermediaries to the Muslim Brotherhood, knowing full well where these weapons end up, claimed Dr. Mohammed Mohsen Abu al-Nour, a researcher specializing in Iranian affairs at Al-Azhar University. In an interview with Khaled Ashour’s “Misr In Hour” TV show, the expert explained that Iran does not support the Muslim Brotherhood directly. However, it does dispatch mines to African countries, including Egypt. According to Abu al-Nour, the Brotherhood’s relationship with Iran is historic and solid, dating back more than 40 years ago. He explained that Iran was the biggest loser from the ouster of former President Mohammed Morsi after the “June 30th Revolution,” claiming there is a tendency among officials inside the Iranian regime to welcome Muslim Brotherhood leaders {in Tehran}.”

Elakhbary: Egypt: Eight arrested on charges of affiliation and funding of Muslim Brotherhood

“National security officers in Egypt’s Daqahliyah province arrested eight members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Markaz Sherbin and Markaz Aga for belonging to the banned group. Their capture came after receiving a tip that these members of the Brotherhood take part in its financing. The eight consisted of three teachers and a student in Al-Azhar who were arrested in a village in Markaz Sherbin; the other four were detained in Markaz Aga, including three teachers in Al-Azhar and another staff member. Cell phones and laptop computers found in their possession were seized. All the detainees face charges of belonging to a banned group and of financing it. They are still being investigated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office.”

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