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Egypt arrests Islamist close to Qaeda's Zawahiri

Egyptian police have arrested a senior Islamist militant close to Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, security officials said on Monday. Thirwat Salah Shehata was arrested in a Cairo suburb, the sources said, adding he had been sentenced to death in absentia in the 1990s for an attempted assassination of a minister. Shehata is believed to have been a deputy to Zawahiri when he ran the Egyptian Islamic Jihad before joining forces with former Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, killed by US special forces in 2011.

Qaeda chief Zawahiri's brother to stand trial in Egypt

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri's brother is to stand trial with 67 others for forming a "terrorist group" and plotting attacks after Islamist president Mohamed Morsi's ouster, Egyptian state media reported Sunday. Mohamed al-Zawahiri was arrested last August, a month after Morsi's ouster by the army, and has been called to go on trial by the state prosecutor. The military-installed authorities have since launched a crackdown against Morsi's supporters that has left more than 1,400 people dead and thousands jailed.

Egypt militant group says founder killed in bomb accident

Egypt's deadliest militant group said one of its founders, who led a deadly 2011 attack in Israel, has been accidentally killed by a bomb. Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, which has spearheaded a low-level insurgency against Egyptian soldiers and police, said Tawfiq Mohamed Fareej was killed last week when a car accident set off a bomb he was carrying. The group, whose name means Partisans of Jerusalem in Arabic, has claimed some of the deadliest attacks on Egyptian security forces since the army overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi last July.

Syrian al Qaeda group gives rival Islamists ultimatum

By Mariam Karouny and Dominic Evans BEIRUT (Reuters) - The head of al Qaeda's Syrian arm has given rival Islamist militants five days to accept mediation to end their infighting or face a war which will "eradicate" them, according to an audio recording posted on Tuesday. Abu Mohammed al-Golani, leader of the Nusra Front, called on the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to agree to arbitration by religious scholars to end more than a year of feuding which has turned violent.

Al Qaeda chief Zawahri tells Islamists in Syria to unite: audio

BEIRUT/ABU DHABI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri called on rebels in Syria to stop fighting each other as a faction linked to his group pushed rival insurgents from a northern town on Thursday. The small but powerful al Qaeda-linked Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been caught up in clashes with other insurgents in Syria in recent weeks, often triggered by disputes over authority and territory.

Zawahiri urges 'immediate' end to Syria Islamist fighting

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri called for an end to clashes between Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists and Islamists fighting to oust Syria's regime, in an audio message posted on the Internet. Zawahiri urged all jihadist groups and "every free person in Syria seeking to overthrow (President Bashar) al-Assad to "seek to end fighting between brothers in jihad and Islam immediately," in the recording uploaded on YouTube late on Wednesday. lyn/dv

Zawahiri urges 'immediate' end to Syria Islamist fighting

Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri called for an end to clashes between Al-Qaeda-linked jihadists and Islamists fighting to oust Syria's regime, in an audio message posted on the Internet. Zawahiri urged all jihadist groups and "every free person in Syria seeking to overthrow (President Bashar) al-Assad to seek an end to fighting between brothers in jihad and Islam immediately," in the recording uploaded on YouTube late on Wednesday. lyn/dv

Muslim Brotherhood financing attacks: Egypt minister

Egypt's interior minister on Saturday announced the arrest of dozens of "extremists" and accused the Muslim Brotherhood of deposed president Mohamed Morsi of financing radical Islamists linked to Al-Qaeda. Mohamed Ibrahim told reporters security forces had arrested more than 50 members of "extremist groups" with ties to the network founded by Osama bin Laden and now led by his Egyptian successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Egypt gives police new powers as students clash

Egypt's interim rulers gave police on Thursday the power to enter university campuses to quell protests without seeking prior permission, after a student was killed in clashes. Students who support the new military-installed authorities and those who oppose it have clashed regularly in Cairo and elsewhere since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi on July 3. The military-installed cabinet said police may now enter campuses "without seeking permissions in case of threats and to confront protests that could harm students."

Qaeda faction urges Syria jihadists to unite

An Al-Qaeda front group fighting in Iraq and Syria has called for jihadist groups to join forces under its banner, according to an audio message posted Thursday on the Internet. In remarks purportedly made by Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) spokesman said militant groups should close ranks against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. "We call for all jihadist leaders and soldiers and people to accelerate in joining the project of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," Adnani said.
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