Report: Daesh leader killed in Egypt’s Sinai

In February, Egypt launched a massive operation against militants in Sinai. (File photo: AFP)
Updated 23 July 2018
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Report: Daesh leader killed in Egypt’s Sinai

  • The militant group’s Aamaq news agency issued an announcement about the death of Abu Jaafar Al-Maqdesi, calling him a martyr
  • Egypt has been battling militants for years but the Sinai-based insurgency gained strength

CAIRO: Daesh says one of the leaders of its affiliate in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has been killed.
The militant group’s Aamaq news agency issued an announcement late on Sunday about the death of Abu Jaafar Al-Maqdesi, calling him a martyr.
A photo of a young bearded man accompanied the report. Daesh says he was killed earlier this month, but did not disclose where or under what circumstances.
Egypt has been battling militants for years but the Sinai-based insurgency gained strength after the 2013 overthrow of the country’s elected but divisive Islamist president, Muhammad Mursi.
In February, Egypt launched a massive operation against militants in Sinai as well as parts of the Nile Delta region and the Western Desert, along the porous border with Libya.


Bahrain says conference co-hosted with US aimed at helping Palestinians

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Bahrain says conference co-hosted with US aimed at helping Palestinians

DUBAI: Bahrain said Tuesday a peace conference it is co-hosting next month with the US is aimed at helping the Palestinians, who have criticized the kingdom for failing to consult them about the event.
The conference “serves no other purpose” than to help the Palestinian people “through developing their abilities and enhancing their resources,” said Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al-Khalifa.
The kingdom “remains supportive of the brotherly Palestinian people in restoring their legitimate rights on their land as well as establishing an independent state with east Jerusalem as its capital,” Bahrain’s top diplomat said in a statement.
The White House announced Sunday it would co-host the June 25-26 conference with Bahrain focusing on economic aspects of the long-delayed US peace plan, with the declared aim of achieving Palestinian prosperity.
“We were not consulted by any party on the announced meeting to take place in Manama, Bahrain,” Saeb Erekat, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organization, said in a statement.
“We have not mandated any party to negotiate on our behalf.”
The Palestinians have boycotted the US administration since President Donald Trump broke with decades of consensus and recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December 2017.
They consider the eastern part of the city the capital of their future state and have shown little interest in the US peace plan, which they fear will be heavily biased in favor of Israel.
Dubbed “Peace for Prosperity,” the conference is expected to bring together leaders from several governments, civil society and the business sector.
Trump’s office said the conference was a “pivotal opportunity... to share ideas, discuss strategies, and galvanize support for potential economic investments and initiatives that could be made possible by a peace agreement.”
The Palestinians see this as offering financial rewards in exchange for accepting ongoing Israeli occupation.
“Attempts at promoting an economic normalization of the Israeli occupation of Palestine will be rejected,” Erekat said.