News / Middle East

Egypt Declares Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Group

Egypt Declares Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist Groupi
X
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
VOA News
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.

You May Like

Ukraine: Mysterious 'Roaming Tank' Reportedly Takes Aim at Smugglers

Ukraine's TV, print media, Facebook abuzz with reports a 'roaming tank' is on the loose, destroying vehicles of those involved in smuggling More

US Wildlife Service Begins Probe of Killing of Cecil the Lion

Minnesota man accused of killing beast is in hiding, has been asked to contact US officials; White House to review extradition petition More

Video Kerry Tour Will Cover Security, Iran Nuclear Deal

US secretary of state to visit 5 countries in the Middle East, South Asia in bid to strengthen economic and security ties, ease concerns over deal with Tehran More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
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.
In Response

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.
In Response

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
In Response

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.

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’i
X
July 29, 2015 9:34 PM
Billions of dollars of so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime - especially from Russia - are being laundered through the London property market, according to anti-corruption activists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the British capital, the government has pledged to crack down on the practice.
Video

Video Booming London Property a ‘Haven for Dirty Money’

Billions of dollars of so-called ‘dirty money’ from the proceeds of crime - especially from Russia - are being laundered through the London property market, according to anti-corruption activists. As Henry Ridgwell reports from the British capital, the government has pledged to crack down on the practice.
Video

Video Hometown of Boy Scouts of America Founder Reacts to Gay Leader Decision

Ottawa, Illinois, is the hometown of W.D. Boyce, who founded the Boy Scouts of America in 1910. In Ottawa, where Scouting remains an important part of the legacy of the community, the end of the organization's ban on openly gay adult leaders was seen as inevitable. VOA's Kane Farabaugh reports.
Video

Video 'Metal Muscles' Flex a New Bionic Hand

Artificial limbs, including the most complex of them – the human hand – are getting more life-like and useful due to constant advances in tiny hydraulic, pneumatic and electric motors called actuators. But now, as VOA’s George Putic reports, scientists in Germany say the future of the prosthetic hand may lie not in motors but in wires that can ‘remember’ their shape.
Video

Video Russia Accused of Abusing Interpol to Pursue Opponents

A British pro-democracy group has accused Russia of abusing the global law enforcement agency Interpol by requesting the arrest and extradition of political opponents. A new report by the group notes such requests can mean the accused are unable to travel and are often unable to open bank accounts. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video 'Positive Atmosphere' Points Toward TPP Trade Deal in Hawaii

Talks on a major new trade agreement among 12 Pacific Rim nations are said to be nearing completion in Hawaii. Some trade experts say the "positive atmosphere" at the discussions could mean a deal is within reach, but there is still hard bargaining to be done over many issues and products, including U.S. drugs and Japanese rice. VOA's Jim Randle reports.
Video

Video Genome Initiative Urgently Moves to Freeze DNA Before Species Go Extinct

Earth is in the midst of its sixth mass extinction. The last such event was caused by an asteroid 66 million years ago. It killed off the dinosaurs and practically everything else. So scientists are in a race against time to classify the estimated 11 million species alive today. So far only 2 million are described by science, and researchers are worried many will disappear before they even have a name. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble reports.
Video

Video Scientists: One-Dose Malaria Cure is Possible

Scientists have long been trying to develop an effective protection and cure for malaria - one of the deadliest diseases that affects people in tropical areas, especially children. As the World Health Organization announces plans to begin clinical trials of a promising new vaccine, scientists in South Africa report that they too are at an important threshold. George Putic reports, they are testing a compound that could be a single-dose cure for malaria.
Video

Video 'New York' Magazine Features 35 Cosby Accusers

The latest issue of 'New York' magazine features 35 women who say they were drugged and raped by film and television celebrity Bill Cosby. The women are aged from 44 to 80 and come from different walks of life and races. The magazine interviewed each of them separately, but Zlatica Hoke reports their stories are similar.
Video

Video US Calls Fight Against Human Trafficking a Must Win

The United States is promising not to give up its fight against what Secretary of State John Kerry calls the “scourge” of modern slavery. Officials released the country’s annual human trafficking report Monday – a report that’s being met with some criticism. VOA’s National Security correspondent Jeff Seldin has more from the State Department.
Video

Video Washington DC Underground Streetcar Station to Become Arts Venue

Abandoned more than 50 years ago, the underground streetcar station in Washington D.C.’s historic DuPont Circle district is about to be reborn. The plan calls for turning the spacious underground platforms - once meant to be a transportation hub, - into a unique space for art exhibitions, presentations, concerts and even a film set. Roman Mamonov has more from beneath the streets of the U.S. capital. Joy Wagner narrates his report.
Video

Video Europe’s Twin Crises Collide in Greece as Migrant Numbers Soar

Greece has replaced Italy as the main gateway for migrants into Europe, with more than 100,000 arrivals in the first six months of 2015. Many want to move further into Europe and escape Greece’s economic crisis, but they face widespread dangers on the journey overland through the Balkans. VOA's Henry Ridgwell reports.
Video

Video Stink Intensifies as Lebanon’s Trash Crisis Continues

After the closure of a major rubbish dump a week ago, the streets of Beirut are filling up with trash. Having failed to draw up a plan B, politicians are struggling to deal with the problem. John Owens has more for VOA from Beirut.
Video

Video Paris Rolls Out Blueprint to Fight Climate Change

A U.N. climate conference in December aims to produce an ambitious agreement to fight heat-trapping greenhouse gases. But many local governments are not waiting, and have drafted their own climate action plans. That’s the case with Paris — which is getting special attention, since it’s hosting the climate summit. Lisa Bryant takes a look for VOA at the transformation of the French capital into an eco-city.
Video

Video Racially Diverse Spider-Man Takes Center Stage

Whether it’s in a comic book or on the big screen, fans have always known the man behind the Spider-Man mask as Peter Parker. But that is changing, at least in the comic book world. Marvel Comics announced that a character called Miles Morales will replace Peter Parker as Spider-Man in a new comic book series. He is half Latino, half African American, and he is quite popular among comic book fans. Correspondent Elizabeth Lee reports from Los Angeles.
Video

Video Historic Symbol Is Theme of Vibrant New Show

A new exhibit in Washington is paying tribute to the American flag with a wide and eclectic selection of artwork that uses the historic symbol as its central theme. VOA’s Julie Taboh was at the DC Chamber of Commerce for the show’s opening.

VOA Blogs