Egypt convicts 65 on terror charges, allegiance to Daesh

An Egyptian court has convicted 65 suspected militants of setting up a terrorist group and declaring allegiance to the extremist group Daesh, sentencing 18 of them to life in prison. (Reuters)
Updated 08 November 2018
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Egypt convicts 65 on terror charges, allegiance to Daesh

  • An Egyptian court on Thursday sentenced 65 suspected Daesh extremists to between five years and life in prison for setting up a "terrorist cell"
  • The alleged cell had members in various parts of impoverished upper Egypt

CAIRO: An Egyptian court on Thursday sentenced 65 suspected Daesh extremists to between five years and life in prison for setting up a "terrorist cell", a court official said.
The alleged cell had members in various parts of impoverished upper Egypt and was led by an "emir" Mostafa Ahmed Abdelaal.
The militants, charged in 2017, had "set up a terrorist cell in Upper Egypt which declared allegiance to (IS leader) Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi", the court official said.
The court sentenced 18 of the defendants to life terms (25 years) and another 41 to 15-year prison terms.
It also handed six minors five years each in jail and acquitted two suspects.
The sentences can be appealed.
Since Egypt's military toppled president Mohamed Morsi in 2014, the government and security forces have cracked down hard on secular opposition and extremism.
The Egyptian branch of Daesh has led an insurgency in North Sinai and carried out attacks across the country.
Egypt's army launched a major offensive in February dubbed "Sinai 2018" to dislodge the insurgents from the peninsula.
More than 450 suspected extremists and around 30 Egyptian soldiers have been killed since the offensive began, the army said in October.
Jihadist attacks in recent years have killed hundreds of police, soldiers and civilians.
Daesh claimed responsibility for an attack last week against Egyptian Christians in Minya province, which killed six Copts and one Anglican.
Egyptian courts have convicted many suspected extremists in mass trials which have been criticised by human rights groups.
An Egyptian military court on Wednesday sentenced eight Daesh members to death for a deadly attack against the army in 2016, officials said.


White House: All Daesh-held territory in Syria has been '100 percent eliminated'

Updated 22 March 2019
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White House: All Daesh-held territory in Syria has been '100 percent eliminated'

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE: The White House said on Friday that all Daesh held territory in Syria has been"100 percent" eliminated.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders told reporters aboard Air Force One Friday that President Donald Trump was briefed about the development by acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.
Trump has been teasing the victory for days.
Sanders showed reporters a map of Iraq and Syria that showed that the terror group no longer controlled any territory in the region.

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