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The interior ministry announced that security forces killed five Islamic State-affliated Ansar Bayt al Maqdis fighters in a raid in northern Egypt. President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi replaced the chief of general intelligence after an embarrassing information leak, citing health reasons. Egypt reopened the border with Gaza for the first time in two months on Dec. 21. The US has delivered 10 Apache attack helicopters to Egypt.




Egyptian jihadists thank State Department for 'blessing' of terrorist designation

Ajnad Misr says in a statement that the US is the real "terrorist" organization, and claims to be fighting a "global system" that seeks to thwart the revolution in Egypt. The group's rhetoric is similar to al Qaeda's.


State Department designates Egyptian jihadist group, ex-Gitmo detainee

The State Department today added Ajnad Misr, an Egyptian jihadist group, and Ibrahim Rubaish, a senior al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) official, to the US government's list of specially designated global terrorists.


The army stated that it has killed 17 militants, arrested 11 others and destroyed 64 "militant sites" in north Sinai in the past three days. The Interior Ministry has expelled 40 Cairo police cadets for ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The British Embassy in Cairo has reopened after unspecific security issues were "resolved."




IS threat led to closure of Western embassies in Egypt




Egypt's head prosecutor referred 439 "hard-liners" to military tribunals over violence that occurred last year after protests were broken up. Two policemen were killed in a drive-by shooting in the town of El Arish in the Sinai. At least 10 jihadists were killed and one vehicle destroyed in a government air strike on militant hideouts in the North Sinai, according to state media.




Egypt looks to roll back Islamist militias in Libya




Kerry seeks authority to target Islamic State affiliates anywhere




Egypt has reduced the security curfew in portions of North Sinai from 14 hours to 11 hours, "to help people in Sinai earn a living," according to President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi. Sisi's government faces criticism of recent measures implemented to counter terrorism and diminish the influence of Islamist parties.




An Egyptian court upheld death sentences for seven men accused of an August 2013 attack on a convoy in Sinai that killed 25 policemen. The British Embassy in Cairo has suspended services due to unspecified security concerns. Authorities have enacted new regulations that ban Egyptians from traveling to Turkey without a permit, in a bid to thwart recruitment of Islamist militants. A court referred four members of the Muslim Brotherhood to the country's top religious authority for judgment; the men are charged with killing protesters near the Islamist group's headquarters on June 30, 2013.




Muslim-Christian cooperation vital in tackling ISIS




Egypt ready to assist Lebanon against jihadists




A court sentenced 188 protesters to death for support of the Muslim Brotherhood and complicity in the killing of 11 police officers in Kardasa in August 2013. A member of the Helwan Brigades was arrested for allegedly attempting to blow up a police station in Helwan. The leader of al-Azhar, a prominent Sunni scholars group, condemned the Islamic State as "barbaric," while not ruling out the possibility that factors inciting the group's rise were related to "a plot by Israel." The Egyptian Army said it killed seven "terrorist elements" and arrested 15 others in north Sinai on Dec. 2.




The Islamic State-linked group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis claimed that it killed US oil worker William Henderson in August. An investigation is underway into the hijacking of an Egyptian missile boat on Nov. 14; militants reportedly intended to hijack an Israeli ship. President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi has declared zones along Egypt's borders that are 'forbidden' or 'restricted' to anyone other than security forces. An Egyptian court has declared the Islamic State a terrorist organization and banned it and affiliated jihadist groups.




Islamic State supporters advertise Sinai as jihadist destination

The Islamic State's supporters are encouraging young jihadist recruits to travel to the Sinai. According to one online jihadist, the Islamic State's expansion into the Sinai and throughout North Africa will facilitate the "liquidating" of the Jews.


How the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt created an online surge




A gunman killed three Egyptian soldiers, including a colonel, in northern Sinai. An Alexandria court sentenced 78 minors between the ages of 13 and 17 to prison sentences ranging from two to five years for taking part in protests organized by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian cabinet approved a draft of an antiterrorism law that would give the state broad powers to ban groups that "disrupt public order." The Salafist Front is calling for a "Muslim Youth Intifada" on Nov. 28 to protest the government.




Why some Arabs are rejecting strict interpretations of sharia




Egypt will partially reopen the Rafah border crossing linking the Sinai to Gaza on Nov. 25 and Nov. 26. The government has revoked Egyptian citizenship for a Palestinian Salafist for "links to foreign entities that seek to undermine the social and economic order of the state."




Three unexploded bombs were discovered on railway tracks from Cairo to Aswan after a fourth bomb exploded near a southern train station, leaving behind a charred body presumed to be the bomber. The Egyptian Army killed seven and arrested 67 suspected militants during anti-terrorism operations in the Sinai. Hamas has denounced an Egyptian lawsuit to ban and designate the Ezzeddin Qassam Brigades, the group's military wing, as a terrorist organization.


 
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