Monthly Archives: October 2013

Troops arrest three senior Hamas members in West Bank

By | 2013-10-31T22:30:35+00:00 October 31st, 2013|News|

Israel’s army arrested three senior members of the Islamist Hamas movement overnight, Palestinian security sources said on Thursday, in the second such arrest operation this week.    The three men -- Jamal Tawil, Hussein Abu Kwayk and Faraj Romana -- were arrested in the West Bank city of Ramallah.    All of them are senior

Qaeda recruits enter Syria from safe houses in Turkey

By | 2013-10-31T22:18:18+00:00 October 31st, 2013|Reports|

Hundreds of al-Qaeda recruits have found safe houses in southern Turkey before entering Syria to battle President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, a British newspaper reported on Wednesday. The hideouts are enabling al-Qaeda to send foreign jihadists to hijack the more “moderate” wing of the rebel Free Syrian Army, The Daily Telegraph reported, citing volunteers who help

Assad: Western Backing of Rebels Must Stop

By | 2013-10-31T15:04:12+00:00 October 31st, 2013|News|

Foreign support for Syrian rebels must stop for peace to take place in the war-battered country, President Bashar Al-Assad told visiting UN-Arab League envoy Lakhdar Brahimi on Wednesday, according to Al Arabiya.   “The success of any political solution is tied to stopping support for terrorist groups and pressuring their patron states,” Syrian state television

Egypt: Police Storm University to Confront Protesters

By | 2013-10-31T14:50:05+00:00 October 31st, 2013|News|

Egyptian police entered the Al-Azhar University in Cairo on Wednesday to confront Islamist protesters, AFP reported. It was the first time security forces have moved on a campus since a 2010 court ruling.   The police took the action at the prestigious Islamic university following a request from its administration, the interior ministry said.  

Senior Muslim Brotherhood Leader Arrested in Cairo

By | 2013-10-31T14:30:31+00:00 October 31st, 2013|News|

  Essam el-Erian, one of the most senior Muslim Brotherhood leaders still at large, was arrested Wednesday in Cairo.   El-Erian is the vice chairman of the Brotherhood's political wing, the Freedom and Justice Party. He had been hiding in a residence in New Cairo, a recently built satellite city of Cairo, according to the

U.S. lawmakers urge resumption of Egypt military aid

By | 2013-10-29T23:41:01+00:00 October 29th, 2013|News|

U.S.  lawmakers Tuesday urged the White House to lift its suspension of military aid to Egypt, warning freezing funds and weapons deliveries might unravel decades of cooperation with a key regional ally.   Democratic Representative Eliot Engel, ranking member of the House foreign affairs committee, said he had initially supported a temporary halt to deliveries

Egypt judges withdraw from Brotherhood chief’s trial

By | 2013-10-29T23:22:50+00:00 October 29th, 2013|News|

The three judges presiding over the trial of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood general guide Mohammad Badie have withdrawn from the proceedings at the start of a session on Tuesday citing “reasons of conscience”.   Prior to their decision to step down the judges ordered that the defendants continue to be held in custody.   “The judges

‘Puppy Bombs’ Rescued from Egyptian Violence

By | 2013-10-29T17:15:55+00:00 October 29th, 2013|News|

Two puppies from Egypt were rescued just moments before they were to be used by the Muslim Brotherhood in their protests as "puppy bombs" dipped in gasoline and set on fire.   The revelation about the Brotherhood's cruel tactic used two weeks ago at Tahrir Square during demonstrations against the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi's

Egypt Arrests 27 Suspects in Attempt on Minister’s Life

By | 2013-10-29T16:19:28+00:00 October 29th, 2013|News|

  Egypt’s Interior Minister, Mohamed Ibrahim, said on Monday that the government has arrested 27 people suspected of involvement in an attempt to assassinate him last month.   Ibrahim told a press conference in Cairo that those arrested were affiliated with the Sinai Peninsula-based Ansar Beit al-Maqdis group, reported Al Arabiya.   The group members