Tagged: counterterrorism

Four ISIS collaborators arrested in Egypt, Ennahar Online (Egypt), 5 October 2014

Four ISIS collaborators arrested in EgyptThe Middle East News Agency (Egyptian state media outlet) reported today that Egyptian police arrested four people recruiting youths to fight with ISIS in Syria. It added that the police arrested them in the coastal Port Said governorate, and that they admitted to being part of an eight-person cell and that the other four were in Syria. The general prosecutor decided to imprison the four arrested pending further investigations. ISIS has attracted the interest of Egyptians over social networking sites. Egyptian security forces estimate that there are 8000 Egyptians fighting abroad.


Translated by Kevin Moore.

Original article available here.

Additional reinforcements for security forces in regions of “War on Terror” in northern Sinai, Al-Youm Al-Sabea (Egypt), 4 October 2014

Additional reinforcements for security forces in regions of “War on Terror” in northern SinaiInformed sources from the security directorate in northern Sinai revealed that additional reinforcements of counterterrorism forces are being sent to regions that have seen security pursuits of armed elements belonging to takfiri groups and Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, east and south of Arish, Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid.

The sources confirmed that the El Gorah North Base Camp is the staging area for vital protection in the village of El Gorah and there is no truth to what is being published by news sites about the withdrawal of forces from this camp. The sources indicated that additional reinforcements of soldiers and equipment are being made.

Residents said that in the past few days terrorist groups tried to target these reinforcements with mortar shells, one of which fell next to a residential building, which was saved from production by divine providence.


Translated by Kevin Moore.

Original article available here.

Dismantled terrorist cell adopted the name “Supporters of the Islamic State in Morocco,” Menara (Morocco), 29 September 2014”

Islamic State militantsOngoing research into a dismantled terrorist cell revealed that its members had named themselves ‘Anṣār ad-Dawla al-Islāmiyya fīl-Maghrib al-Aqṣa’ (Supporters of the Islamic State in Morocco).

Research into the dismantled group, which it was active in Nador and Melilla to attract and recruit Moroccan militants with the intent of strengthening ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Iraq, indicated that its members had given themselves the name Supporters of the Islamic State in Morocco.

A statement from the Interior Ministry on Sunday explained that elements of this cell had “recently resolved to join the ranks of ‘Islamic State’ in Iraq and Syria, after making contact with Moroccan jihadists who are part of this terrorist organization and have vowed to return to the kingdom to undertake the same brutal and barbaric actions that they are perpetrating against Iraqi and Syrian soldiers, and anyone who stands in their way.”

However, in the wake of intensified airstrikes by coalition forces in parts of Iraq and Syria and the accompanying security restrictions on volunteers for jihad in this region, the statement adds, members of this cell decided to “join the so-called ‘Jund al-Khilafa’ (Soldiers of the Caliphate) in Algeria, which recently announced its allegiance to ‘Islamic State’ after taking responsibility for the execution of French hostage Hervé Gourdel in response to France’s decision to join the aforementioned coalition.”

The same source indicated that research shows that the members of this cell “intended to transport the experience of ‘Islamic State’ by spreading an atmosphere of terror and panic inside the kingdom, as apparent through their circulation of terrible images of the corpses of Iraqi and Syrian soldiers distributed by militants of this terrorist organization.”

The source confirmed that the suspects will be brought to justice immediately after the ongoing investigation, overseen by the competent public prosecutor.


Translated by Kevin Moore.

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‘Al-Qaeda fighters in Yemen show flexibility despite successive army operations,’ Al-Masdar Online (Yemen), 12 May 2014

Despite a campaign being launched by Yemen’s armed forces, Al-Qaeda has remained successful in perpetrating acts of violence throughout the country. Yemen’s military lacks manpower and the modern equipment necessary to properly counter AQAP, and also has no long-term strategy to ensure that once regions are cleared of militants, they are not able to reestablish their strongholds elsewhere. Continue reading

‘EU praises Mauritania’s efforts to combat terrorism,’ Essirage (Mauritania), 8 May 2014

European Union and Mauritanian officials met on Tuesday to discuss renewing the fishing agreement and expanding relations. During the meeting, EU officials praised Mauritanian efforts to create stability in the lead-up to presidential elections. Continue reading

‘Algerian army kills 10 militants in south,’ Aljazeera (Qatar), 6 May 2014

Algerian security forces killed 10 militants in an operation launched in the south while authorities remain concerned about the influx of weapons and fighters from neighbouring Mali and Libya. Continue reading

‘Group which financed terrorist cell in Mount Chaambi and Salloum arrested,’ Agence Tunis Afrique Presse (Tunisia), 6 May 2014

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 9.08.29 AMTunisian security forces have arrested a charged which funding and providing material support to a terrorist cell in the Kasserine Governorate of west-central Tunisia. Continue reading