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Egypt crackdown delivers ‘devastating blow’ to Ansar, Brotherhood networks

Egypt security forces struck in six provinces in the biggest operation this year.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has reported a crackdown on the Islamic insurgency network. The Interior Ministry said security forces raided suspected insurgency strongholds throughout northern Egypt. The ministry said 52 alleged operatives from eight cells were rounded up in […]

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Four Egyptians identified as religious leadership for ISIL recruits

Young boys and men line up in front of a “membership office” for ISIL, in the Syrian town of Al-Bab.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Egyptian nationals were said to be playing a major role in Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Islamic analysts asserted that Egyptians were directing ISIL’s outreach campaign to young Muslims throughout the Middle East […]

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Egypt expanding solar energy program, especially in South Sinai

Egypt's government is looking for new uses of solar energy. / Ministry of Environment.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has approved a plan to develop solar energy. The government has launched a program to employ solar energy in an effort to expand its electricity supply. Officials said solar power would be used to […]

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Report: Ansar and ISIL, step up attacks in Sinai, near Egypt-Libyan border

Ansar Beit Maqdis fighters.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Egypt’s leading insurgency network has intensified operations in the Sinai Peninsula, a report said. The Institute for National Security Studies asserted that Ansar Beit Maqdis launched an offensive against Egypt’s military and security forces […]

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Islamist Ansar rebels vow ‘black day’ for Egypt’s security forces

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis / Ahram

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Islamist rebels have pledged to intensify attacks on Egypt. Ansar Beit Maqdis has vowed to launch a campaign against the police and security forces. Ansar, aligned with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, said the […]

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Putin exploits tense U.S.-Egypt ties with $3.5 billion weapons deal

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com With its recently-announced $3.5 billion deal to buy weapons from Russia, Cairo has undoubtedly undermined the U.S. Middle East policy and strategy. Though the agreement is preliminary, it is expected to face no […]

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Egypt focuses attacks on ISIL-backed Ansar militants in Sinai

Egyptian forces destroy a smuggling tunnel.

Special to WorldTribune.com from CAIRO — Egypt has maintained its counter-insurgency offensive in northeastern Sinai. The military said the crackdown included the capture of 84 suspected insurgents in both Sinai as well as along the adjacent Suez Canal. The insurgents […]

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Egypt buying $3.5 billion worth of combat platforms from Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Egyptian counterpart Abdul Fatah Sisi.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — After a year of negotiations, Egypt and Russia have reached an agreement for a major weapons deal. Officials said Egypt has agreed to procure $3.5 billion worth of combat platforms and other weapons from Russia. […]

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ISIL calls for attacks on Egyptian forces in Sinai: ‘Cut off their heads’

ISIL spokesman Abu Mohammed Al Adani

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has called for an intensified revolt in Egypt. In a rare statement, ISIL urged its followers to attack the Egyptian military and security forces in the Sinai Peninsula. […]

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Western energy majors return to Egypt

Egyptian Petroleum Ministry

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has signed energy deals with Western majors as well as Tunisia. The Egyptian Petroleum Ministry said the Cairo government signed crude oil and natural gas exploration contracts worth $187 million with companies from Canada, […]

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