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A Sinai tribal figure said there are some 1,000 al Qaeda-linked fighters in Sinai, some of whom are foreigners. The Azazmeh tribe organized a conference in North Sinai in support of the army's operation in the area against Islamic militants. Authorities are investigating the presidential pardons that were granted under former president Mohammed Morsi. The Salafi al Nour party said it backs the constitution that will soon be put up for a referendum.
The brother of the leader of Ansar Jerusalem said "it is possible" the group is tied to al Qaeda. US officials said AQAP is in regular contact with jihadist groups in the Sinai. Authorities claimed to have foiled two terror plots in Rafah and el Arish. A Salafi jihadist leader, Tawfid al Afny, was reportedly arrested near Port Said. Over 20 people arrested last week for partaking in unauthorized protests were released.
Authorities are reportedly probing whether former president Mohammed Morsi had conspired with jihadists in Egypt. A police assistant was shot and killed near Port Said. President Mansour is expected to approve the country's draft constitution. Ansar Jerusalem recently released video of some of its recent attacks against Egyptian forces in North Sinai.
Ansar Jerusalem announced the death of three of its fighters, including a commander. Authorities defused a car bomb on the Cairo-Suez desert road. A roadside bomb in North Sinai nearly struck a convoy of military vehicles. Security sources claimed that much of Sinai's eastern region has been cleared of Islamist militants and that those remaining are fleeing toward the Nile Delta region.
The army claimed to have killed three Islamist militants and seized a variety of weaponry during operations in North Sinai. Security forces clashed with supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo. Authorities requested that INTERPOL help arrest Assem Abdel-Maged, a leading member of Gama'a al Islamiyya who has reportedly fled the country.
The al Furqan Brigades claimed responsibility for a number of recent shooting attacks on Egyptian security personnel. Three Islamist militants were reportedly killed during operations in North Sinai. Authorities dispersed an authorized protest in Cairo. The army received a variety of weaponry from residents in the country's western region, including Grad rockets. The committee working on the country's referendum reached a consensus on the document's text; a referendum is expected in December.
More than 200 people were arrested for participating in illegal protests. President Mansour said he would consider pardoning the Islamist women recently sentenced for protesting in support of the Muslim Brotherhood. Authorities reportedly arrested a main suspect in the killing of national security officer Mohammed Mabrouk. Authorities discovered a number of mines and mortars near the city of Suez.
A court in Alexandria sentenced 14 alleged female Muslim Brotherhood members to prison for 11 years. During raids in North Sinai, the army seized a variety of weapons. The government reached an agreement with the EU for a €90 million aid package. The army released footage of some of the homes targeted in operations in North Sinai.
Three wanted Islamist militants were killed in North Sinai, including a man known as the "Sheikh of the Takfiris." Authorities reportedly exposed a Mossad espionage ring. Prime Minister Beblawi says he considers the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group. Authorities said they were investigating the disappearance of an Egyptian-born German author and critic of Islam. Security forces clashed with opponents of the country's new protest law.