Ansar Beit al-Maqdes

Qassam Brigades

A Cairo court declared the Qassam Brigades — the military wing of Palestinian Hamas — a terrorist organization on Saturday, the state-owned Al-Ahram newspaper reported.

The decision also stated that all members of the group found in Egypt would be considered terrorists.

The Abdeen Court for Urgent Matters accused the group of executing terrorist attacks in Egypt and using tunnels between Gaza and Egypt to smuggle arms and finances, with the aim of terrorizing people...

Sinai propaganda videos

The Egyptian state’s online posturing regarding Sinai shows a failure to understand the mood of the public.

Jihadi groups in the peninsula have propagated a spectacle of exorbitant violence; the nation state has attempted to use this theater of terror to its own advantage.

Two videos, published online within hours of each other, illustrate this dynamic. The Onslaught of Ansar was posted on November 14 by the newly named “State of Sinai,” after former jihadi...

North Sinai

The Jihadi Ribat, a group purporting to be an offshoot of the Sinai-based militants Ansar Beit al-Maqdes, announced on Monday its break with the latter organization due to its allegiance with the Islamic State.

Last month, Ansar Beit al-Maqdes announced it would join the Islamic State, calling on all Egyptians to pledge their allegiances as well.

The Jihadi...

Ansar Beit al-Maqdes

The Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdes announced it is joining the Islamic State and pledged its allegiance to its caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in an audio statement Monday.

In accordance with Allah’s and the Prophet’s orders to unite, the statement said, “we pledge allegiance to Caliph Bin Awad Bin Ibrahim Qorashi al-Hussainy,” referring to Baghdadi.

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