Author Archives: David Barnett


An alleged leader in Ansar Jerusalem was killed by Egyptian security forces in North Sinai. State media reported that two Muslim Brotherhood members were killed in a shootout with security forces in the Nile Delta. Authorities managed to defuse an explosive device in the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid. Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim said […]


Ansar Jerusalem released a video detailing its December suicide car bomb attack that targeted the Daqahliya security directorate. Egyptian officials said they were preparing a dossier to show Muslim Brotherhood involvement in major terror attacks in Egypt. Prime Minister Mahlab “issued a formal decision” that will allow authorities, based on a recently approved anti-terrorism law, […]


Muslim Shrine Stands as a Crossroads in Syria’s Unrest

Palestinian Territories

Hamas called on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to “unleash the resistance” in the West Bank. Abbas himself urged the US to continue its efforts to save ongoing peace talks with Israel. A rocket fired from the Gaza Strip towards Israel landed within the Hamas-run territory.


Four Islamist militants were reportedly killed overnight by locals in North Sinai. Security sources said 24 militants were arrested in operations in North Sinai. A Russian military delegation arrived in Cairo for talks with their Egyptian counterparts.


John Kerry, US Military Clash on Approach to Syria’s Rebels


Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy said there is evidence linking the Muslim Brotherhood and Ansar Jerusalem. Security officials said they had arrested senior al Qaeda operative Thirwat Salah Shehata. Officials said that Shehata had been involved in training militants in Libya. In February, Shehata was reported to have left Iran sometime earlier and traveled to Libya.

State media reported that Mohammed al Zawahiri, the brother of al Qaeda’s emir, would stand trial for forming a terrorist group that was planning attacks. An Interior Ministry spokesman said the Muslim Brotherhood was using mercenaries from Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq, to carry out attacks. The Interior Ministry announced the arrest of 10 terrorists suspected […]


Two men were killed by Islamist militants for allegedly collaborating with Egypt’s army. In North Sinai, a police officer was killed by gunmen, and authorities reportedly thwarted an attempt to target the al Gorah airport.

Al Nusrah Front

‘I am not fighting against al Qaeda… it’s not our problem’, says West’s last hope in Syria


Authorities announced the arrest of six east Jerusalem lawyers who were acting as couriers for Palestinian militants in Gaza seeking to communicate with their counterparts in Israeli jails. Israeli officials denounced the PLO for applying for accession to 15 international conventions.


At least one policeman was killed and about half a dozen people wounded in bombings at Cairo University. Ajnad Misr took responsibility for the bombings. Senior ministers said the government plans to pass new legislation “connected to confronting terrorism.” Security forces employed tight measures along main roads in North Sinai looking for suspected militants. Two […]


Influential cleric says to resume Friday sermons amid Gulf rift

Palestinian Territories

The PLO applied for accession in 15 international conventions as peace talks with Israel sputter. Palestinian officials said, however, that they are not yet walking away from the US-mediated talks. Hamas is reportedly planning to launch a new satellite TV station.


Terror Suit Against Jordanian Bank Tests US Diplomacy and Secrecy Laws


Security forces managed to defuse a bomb that had been placed by unidentified assailants in North Sinai. The army announced the killing of three militants and arrest of 52 others. At least 33 people were wounded in clashes between security forces and Muslim Brotherhood supporters.


A retired military officer was shot dead by gunmen in Ismailia. Two policemen were arrested for allegedly making contact with jihadists and providing them with information on the positions of security personnel. A bomb was found next to a power station in el Arish, while gunmen opened fire on a vehicle carrying journalists in North […]