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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.
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."
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Ten people were killed - including at least seven civilians - after mortar rounds struck a residence during clashes between Egyptian troops and jihadists near Rafah on the Sinai. A prosecutor has requested the death penalty for former president Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood officials who face espionage charges. Egyptian state radio has banned a popular musician's songs because they "criticise the authorities."
The Egyptian military announced plans to double the size of its buffer zone in the Sinai to 1 km after discovering unexpectedly long tunnels from Gaza. The Interior Ministry stated that "foreign intelligence" was behind recent terrorist attacks in Sinai, promising to identify the entities after current counterterrorism operations. Egypt has been ranked 13th on the Global Terrorism Index. An Egyptian popular music icon labeled Islamic State emir Abu Bakr Baghdadi the "emir of criminals" and his followers as "a bunch of crazies" in a newly released song.
Five students tied to the Muslim Brotherhood were transferred to a military court for trial on rioting charges; Egypt's expansion of the reach of military courts is seen to have broad implications for political dissent, terrorism, and civil liberties. Egypt's foreign ministry issued a statement condemning the execution of American Peter Kassig by the Islamic State; the ministry also welcomed the UAE's inclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood on the Gulf state's newly issued list of terrorist organizations.
Jihadists killed five off-duty soldiers and policemen after setting up ad hoc checkpoints in the Sinai. Five sailors were injured and eight remain missing after an Egyptian naval vessel was attacked in the Mediterranean by an unidentified group on Nov 12.
A car bomb exploded outside of a restaurant on the Sinai on Nov. 11, wounding 10 people. An Egyptian court sentenced 25 individuals to 25 years, three people to 10 years, and seven more to three years over support of the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Egyptian military announced the arrest of 14 suspected terrorists and the "destruction of 30 'terrorist hideouts'" in the Sinai. Egypt has relieved over 200 school teachers and transferred them to "administrative posts in the ministry," and it has banned Libyan schools in Egypt due to links to the Muslim Brotherhood. The interior ministry has said it will curb protests by the Salafist Front; Egyptian Islamists have refused to label the Islamic State a terrorist group.
Authorities arrested a leader of the Salafist Front on charges of inciting terrorism; also arrested was a man suspected of posting threats against US and international schools in Egypt to a jihadist web site. An Islamic State leader called on the group's followers to take jihad to Egypt in the wake of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Egypt's most significant jihadist group, pledging allegiance to the Islamic State.
Four people were killed, including two policemen, and nine others were injured in a bomb attack by suspected jihadists on a train near Cairo. A bomb blast near the presidential palace wounded one person. Israel granted an Egyptian request to deploy two additional infantry battalions and attack helicopters to combat Islamist militants in the demilitarized Sinai. A formerly prominent Egyptian rights activist is reported to have died fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq earlier this year.
Ansar Bayt al Maqdis, a Sinai-based jihadist group, has sworn allegiance to the Islamic State. Egypt is investigating 600 citizens who traveled to Iraq and Syria for connections to the Islamic State. Egyptian officials are discussing an agreement with Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and the UAE to combat regional jihadist groups.