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Jihadist football: Contrary visions of a future Syria

A football star-turned-protest leader-turned-jihadist encourages peaceful anti-Bashar Al-Assad protests in Syrian rebel-held territory. Nearby, in “Islamic State” (IS)-controlled territory, young boys play football with decapitated heads. The contrast is rife with symbolism. It potentially offers alternative ways of understanding the parameters within which at least some Syrians who joined jihadist groups operate. It also provides …

James Dorsey

To stop terrorism, Egypt needs support and reconciliation

By Daniel Nisman When he is (eventually) elected to Egypt’s Presidency, former Field Marshal Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi knows the Everest of his policy goals will be restoring the country’s floundering economy. But before he can take on the monumental task of ensuring food and petrol stability to a largely impoverished country of over 85 million, Sisi …

Daily News Egypt

Libya army, jihadists in deadly Benghazi battle

Military governor Colonel Abdullah al-Saidi declared a “state of alert” and ordered all soldiers to report for duty at their barracks, in what was the first such confrontation between the army and Libya’s heavily-armed top jihadist group.

Daily News Egypt

Army and police are tyrants: Salafi Jihadists

By Nasser al-Azazi The “hatred oppression and tyranny” of the police and armed forces and their “heinous crimes against Muslims” are unforgiveable, the Salafi Jihadist Organisation of Sinai said in a recent statement. Appearing on a number of Jihadist websites, the statement condemned the army’s dispersal of pro-Morsi sit-ins at the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Al-Nahda …

Daily News Egypt

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