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The army's spokesperson claimed security forces arrested a senior member of Ansar Jerusalem. Senior Muslim Brotherhood officials denounced the interim government during their latest court appearance. Authorities have reportedly destroyed Hamas arms caches in North Sinai in recent months. Eleven Qatari citizens were reportedly arrested at an al Jazeera office in Cairo.




Security forces thwarted an attack on a checkpoint near el Arish, and arrested two Muslim Brotherhood members suspected of inciting violence and financing terrorist operations. The Interior Ministry denied reports that Interior Minister Ibrahim had received a two-year prison sentence. Security forces clashed with Muslim Brotherhood supporters at al Azhar University.




Al Qaeda official says force needed to establish sharia law in Egypt

Muhammad bin Mahmoud Rabie al Bahtiyti denounced both the current regime in Egypt and the previous Muslim Brotherhood-led government. He said he hoped the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood would give its supporters the chance to "review themselves and correct their path."


Security sources alleged that members of Ansar Jerusalem have fled to Gaza and Mersa Matruh. The Army spokesman said security forces killed a leader of Ansar Bayt al Maqdis in North Sinai. Members of tribes in the country's western region continue to voluntarily hand in weapons. The Salafi al Nour party claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood had asked it last December to attack Brotherhood opponents.




A court acquitted over 150 people arrested during clashes with security forces in October. The army's spokesman said security forces managed to thwart two suicide attacks in North Sinai. Security sources claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood's Khairat al Shater gave Mohammed al Zawahiri $15 million to give to Ramzi Mowafi to buy weapons for Sinai jihadists. Authorities announced the arrest of a member of a terror cell that had targeted Muslim Brotherhood opponents near Mansoura.




Security sources alleged that some Sinai jihadists have recently fled to Gaza. Police used tear gas to disperse protests between supporters and opponents of former president Mohammad Morsi. A number of Sinai tribes announced an initiative to hand over weapons to the army without conditions.




Al Qaeda emerges amid Egypt's turmoil




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.




'It is possible' Ansar Jerusalem is tied to al Qaeda, brother of group's leader says

Haitham el Menai further praised his brother Shadi and said anyone "who defends our children" should be treasured. Shadi el Menai, who was last seen in September, is believed to still be in North Sinai.


Jihadist Groups Gain in Turmoil Across Middle East




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.




Inside Egypt's crackdown on Sinai's Islamic militants




Ansar Jerusalem: 'The war has yet to start'

In its latest video, Ansar Jerusalem showed footage of the Nov. 20 car bombing in North Sinai that killed 11 Egyptian security personnel. The video also video featured a clip from former al Qaeda in Iraq leader Abu Musab al Zarqawi.


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.




In Egypt, ideas of a radical Islamist make comeback




Ansar Jerusalem announces deaths of 3 fighters, including commander




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.




Al Furqan Brigades claims responsibility for recent shooting attacks in Egypt