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Egypt mosque attack: Is Sufism a new target for terrorists in Sinai?

The magnitude of the attack that targeted worshippers in al-Rawda Mosque in North Sinai is not only measured by the number of lives it claimed, estimated so far at 305, nor by the fact that it is the deadliest in Egypt’s modern history.

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Egypt’s faltering counter-insurgency strategy

In a devastating blow to Egypt’s counter insurgency efforts, 54 members of the security forces were reported killed during a security operation in the Farafra Oasis on 21 October. This oasis located a mere 135 km south-west of Cairo.

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Egypt’s authoritarian crackdown hasn’t helped in the fight against terrorism

Just like his predecessors, President Abdel Fatah al-Sissi has sought to address the symptoms of terrorism rather than its causes. Scorched-earth tactics, such as the creation of buffer zones, the imposition of emergency law and curfews, and human rights violations such as extrajudicial killings and torture have allowed the government …

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Al-Azhar and the Battle of Ideas against Extremist Islamism

The subject of extremist Islamism, and refuting it, remains a live one—and it is unlikely that it will change anytime soon. If there is ever a comprehensive and thorough response to extremist Islamism, it will have to take on board the need to deconstruct religious arguments from within religion.

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Sisi: Egyptian economy rises in spite of ‘terrorism war’ costs

President Abd al-Fattah al-Sisi stated, on Monday, that Egypt has been dealing with its economic crisis, in spite of increased costs in the field of anti-terrorism. The country adopted a national strategic plan for 2030, following the same linear plan as the development agenda for 2030 and the Africa agenda …

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Egypt puts 56 people on terrorist list

Egypt’s criminal court put today 56 people on the terrorist list, state-run Middle East News Agency (MENA) reported. According to MENA, the defendants, who were convicted in the so-called “harming national economy and public security” case, include the prominent Muslim Brotherhood businessman, Hassan Malek.

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Egypt seeks to battle extremism through religious education

After six years, Egypt is reopening religious training camps to bring its employees and others up to speed on their education and give them the tools to guard against extremist thought. In addition to targeting imams, administrative staff and midlevel department heads, the camps will target students of Al-Azhar institutes …

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Critics challenge validity of Egypt’s anti-terror council

For years, intellectuals have debated the Egyptian regime’s belief in the importance of art and culture in the fight against terrorism. Now, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has launched the National Council to Fight Terrorism and chosen prominent theater and television actor Mohamed Sobhi as one of its members.

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