Egypt army launches major operation against ‘terrorists’ in Sinai and Nile Delta

Egyptian security forces have been conducting operations in the Sinai Peninsula involving the army, air force and police to defeat a persistent Daesh insurgency. (AFP)
Updated 09 February 2018
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Egypt army launches major operation against ‘terrorists’ in Sinai and Nile Delta

CAIRO: Egypt on Friday launched a major security operation involving the army and police against “terrorist and criminal elements and organizations” across the country, the army spokesman said.
The army spokesman said the operation covers areas in Sinai, the Delta and the Western Desert and it follows a three-month deadline set by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to crush a years-long Islamist insurgency.
“The law enforcement forces began this morning implementing the comprehensive confrontation against the terrorist and criminal elements and organizations in northern and central Sinai,” an army spokesman said in a televised statement.
The army spokesman said the operation will involve operational and training maneuvers to tighten state control on the country’s crossing points with neighboring countries, and urged full cooperation with the law enforcement forces involved in the operation.
Residents reported hearing extensive air activities above the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, which is close to the area of operations in northern and central Sinai.
Security forces have for years battled a Daesh insurgency in North Sinai that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police. The militants have expanded their targets to include civilians over the last year or so.


Iran says US ‘action group’ will fail to overthrow Iranian state

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Iran says US ‘action group’ will fail to overthrow Iranian state

  • Iran says a new Iran Action Group in the US State Department has been created to overthrow them, but will fail
  • In 1953, the United States helped orchestrate the overthrow of freely elected nationalist Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh

LONDON: Iran’s foreign minister said on Sunday that a newly established Iran Action Group in the US State Department aims to overthrow the Iranian state, but it would fail.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday named senior policy adviser Brian Hook as special representative for Iran in charge of the Iran Action Group to coordinate President Donald Trump’s pressure campaign against the Islamic Republic following Washington’s withdrawal from a nuclear deal with Tehran.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif tweeted: “65 years ago today, the US overthrew the popularly elected democratic government of Dr. Mossadegh, restoring the dictatorship & subjugating Iranians for the next 25 years. Now an “Action Group” dreams of doing the same through pressure, misinformation & demagoguery. Never again.”
In 1953, the United States helped orchestrate the overthrow of freely elected nationalist Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh, restoring to power Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi. The shah was toppled in Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution.