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Egypt Declares Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Group

Egypt Declares Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Groupi
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December 26, 2013 5:15 AM
Egypt's interim government has officially designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group, blaming it for the deadly bombing of a police headquarters. This move marks a dramatic escalation in the army-backed crackdown on the Brotherhood since the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi in July. VOA's Mike Richman reports.

Egypt Declares Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Group

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Egypt's military-installed government has formally designated the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, blaming it for a police headquarters bombing that killed 15 people.
 
A government minister said this will mean a ban on all the group's activities including demonstrations.
 
Authorities will have the power to charge any member of the movement with membership in a terrorist organization.
 
This marks an escalation in the army-backed crackdown on the Brotherhood since the ouster of Egypt's elected Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July.

The Muslim Brotherhood

  • Egypt's largest and oldest Islamist organization
  • Was banned under Hosni Mubarak
  • The Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi was elected president in 2012
  • The Brotherhood won the most seats in 2012 parliamentary elections
  • Brotherhood supporters have staged massive protests since Morsi's ouster
  • Egypt outlawed the group again in September 2013
  • Egypt's military-installed government declared it a terrorist organization in December 2013
The Cabinet statement comes a day after the bombing of a police headquarters in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura.
 
The Muslim Brotherhood on Tuesday condemned that bombing, and on Wednesday, a hardline Islamist group based in the Sinai said it was responsible for the attack.
 
The al-Qaida-inspired group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis said the suicide car bombing was a response to the government's crackdown against Islamists.
 
Ansar Beit al-Maqdis has previously asserted responsibility for bombings in Sinai and the attempted assassination of Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim in Cairo in September.
 
Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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by: Sunny Enwerem from: Lagos Nigeria
December 26, 2013 5:15 AM
This is the best news for all true Egyptians.


by: ali baba from: new york
December 25, 2013 8:06 PM
Muslim brotherhood is a terrorist organization. this is a fact . the west know that Muslim brotherhood is a terrorist organization. the United State of America should declare Muslim brotherhood a terrorist organization and those to support Muslim brotherhood financially should be liable according to the law .Egypt is struggling for months to get that decision .Muslim brotherhood has a root and cell in every village in the country and they use this cell to destroy the country. it is the time to end that organization for ever


by: anon from: north carolina
December 25, 2013 7:47 PM
The muslim brotherhood is not a terrorist group, they are a political party that has been under attack by the corrupt egyptian government for years. The elites of the egyptian government are threatned by their strict orgainzed system, that will not allow any politician to abuse their power. As a matter of fact, any political party other than the military is a threat to those politicians. When morsi was in power people were allowed to protest. After military control they outlawed these protests and jailed and killed thousands of muslim brotherhood supporters not even only the party members. I think democracy is impossible with that type of control. Even if people wanted to elect a dictator they should be allowed to do so, rather than the military choosing for them.

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by: Haytham Ghareeb from: UAE
December 27, 2013 4:57 AM
Keep talking and believing yourself because frankly no one else believes this BS! What do you call those who place bombs in the streets not targeting anyone specific, just innocent people? What do you call people who burn their own country's flag? What do you call people who murder their own people in cold blood just so they can blame it on the military? Any accusation I have mentioned is backed with proof (audio-video and graphic) So my advice , don't waste your time in writing cause very few people will believe you.


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
December 25, 2013 1:17 PM
No matter whatever name they assume to disguise their operations, the Muslim Brother has been in charge of terrorist activities in Egypt since the political troubles caused by Mohamed Morsi's misrule that was ended by the interim administration after a popular uprising. Seeing that Egyptians are targeted and killed in these attacks, the Muslim Brotherhood has done nothing to stem it, even to put out a call restraining sympathy strikes against Egyptians. Instead it has enjoyed the daily bloodshed and continue to aggravate situations on ground by calling for more violence, lawlessness and incitements. For whatever reason, a purported peaceful organization would not allow the bloodshed to continue. So I can say kudos to Al Mansour and his group for this brave administrative achievement.

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by: ali baba from: new york
December 25, 2013 8:17 PM
what you say is a fact and you live in Nigeria. the Egyptian experience a nightmare during Morsi . they want convert the country into a stone age country where Islamic law is a law of the law of the land. Islamic law is a barbaric law where woman could stone to death. Christian could put to death for false accusation. look what happen in Pakistan where mentally retard child accused for insulting Islam and they want put him into death. this example was repeated in Egypt when they accused a illiterate child for urinating on Quran. this is insane and nonsense

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by: Joan C. from: United States
December 25, 2013 7:29 PM
Impressive, good work Egypt. Proud of ya. Now if you could just put some of that sense in our leader, and other leaders around the world who need a swift kick in the....and half a brain.

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