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CAIRO, Sept 19 , 2018 - Egypt is firmly moving towards building up the state and countering extremism and terrorism, Minister of Justice Hossam Abdel Reheem said on Wednsday.

“The army and police forces are sacrificing their lives to protect the nation from the traitors who are seeking to destroy civilisation,” the minister said during the opening of the 11th meeting of Arab government experts in international humanitarian law which was held in Cairo on Wednsday.

Minister Abdel Reheem added: “Egypt with its ancient history and civilisation respects and applies all international agreements and the regulations of the international humanitarian law because it believes in its principles and their relevance to the circumstances being experienced by the Arab region.

“It was an honour for Egypt to host the activities of the first six meetings of Arab government experts concerned with issues of international humanitarian law, between 2001 and 2007,” the minister said. He added that the idea of holding this meeting was to boost efforts to apply international humanitarian law at the national and Arab levels.

These efforts are in implementation of the recommendations of the Arab regional conference which concluded its activities by issuing the Cairo Declaration in 1999. The conference was held to mark the 50th anniversary of the four Geneva agreements in 1949.

The 11th meeting of Arab government experts began in Cairo on Wednsday with the co-operation of the International Committee of the Red Cross. Representatives of 17 Arab countries attended.

CAIRO, Sept 18, 2018 (MENA) - The Cairo Criminal Court on Tuesday decided to remand Ola Yusuf al Qaradawi, the daughter of Qatar-based terrorist cleric Qaradawi, in custody for 45 days pending investigation on charges of financing terrorism.

The defendant faces charges of joining the Muslim Brotherhood terrorist group, which aims to obstruct constitutional provisions, defy the government, violate the citizens’ personal freedom and harm national unity.

She is also accused of providing the terrorist group with financial support from a foreign country with the aim of purchasing firearms and materials for explosive devices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAIRO, Sept 14, 2018 (MENA) – Egyptian Awqaf Minister Mohamed Mokhtar Gomaa and Cairo Governor Khaled Abdel Aal on Friday called for raising awareness among citizens to counter rumors, denounce violence and promote peace amid the country's fierce war against terrorism.

Their call came during a meeting with a number of mosque imams in Cairo, as part of the Awafq Ministry's plan to renew the religious discourse and handle all issues related to the Islamic Dawa (call), administrative work and community service.

During the meeting, Gomaa commended close cooperation with the Antiquities Ministry to develop Cairo mosques for their historical and archaeological status.

For his part, the Cairo governor praised scholars and mosque imams for spreading the right and moderate teachings of Islam, lauding efforts exerted by the Awqaf Ministry to combat extremism.

By the Gazette Editorial Board

Seventeen years have passed since the US was subjected to the biggest military humiliation in its modern history when three civilian planes targeted its economic and military symbols represented in the twin tower building of the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon in New York and Washington.

 

This horrific attack that killed around 3,000 civilians dramatically affected not only the US but the entire world, the Middle East region in particular. To restore its pride, Washington waged a global war against terrorism and sent an army to Afghanistan to defeat al-Qaeda that was accused of committing the criminal 9-11 attack.

 

The war on terror expanded to Saddam Hussein's Iraq on the pretext that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction that could hit the US mainland and spread terror to all corners of the world.

 

Apart from the falsifications surrounding the issue and much evidence that proves that Washington had planned for this war long before the 9-11 events, the US lost the main target in combatting terror when it invaded Iraq in 2003 and even when it formed the international coalition at the start of this decade to combat terror in the Middle East region.

 

In both cases, the US operations brought results that totally contradicted the announced goal of combatting terrorism. Instead of quelling al-Qaeda in Afghanistan the US operation brought more unrest and misery to the Afghan people.

 

Even with some US and NATO forces remaining in Afghanistan the US-supported government in Kabul has failed to restore stability to the country. Instead al-Qaeda has expanded to the neighbouring state of Pakistan.

 

In Iraq, a country that never sheltered terrorist groups, the US war targeted state institutions and infrastructure as well as provoked sectarian differences among its people. The result was the catastrophic emergence of the so called Islamic State that has managed to occupy large stretches of Iraq along with some territories of Syria.

 

Today, Iraq has failed to fulfil the stated US goal of becoming a modern democratic state. Instead huge demonstrations continue to erupt in the country today in protest at the lack of basic services and jobs for the majority of people.

 

The clearly destructive results of the US military intervention in Iraq hasn't discouraged Washington from repeating the same mistake of launching military operations against other Arab countries on the same pretext of combatting terror.

 

The US fingerprint can clearly be seen in both Libya and Syria with the support it provides to fanatical groups at a cost to the nation state.

 

Just as the US was the main founder and supporter of al-Qaeda late in the '80's of the 20th century to confront the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, Washington continues to support and finance other fanatical groups in Syria and Libya while targeting the nation states in the Middle East region.

 

The proof is to be found in the big fuss the US and other affiliate states are showing today to prevent the full restoration of the Syrian provinces and cities including that of Idlib to the state.

 

So, when will the US realise its fault in breeding a monster to terrorise enemies, neglecting the fact that this same monster would eventually turn on its master as happened in 2001?

CAIRO, Sept 7, 2018 (MENA) - The National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) stressed that intellectual and security confrontation is needed to combat growing violence and terrorism.

In a press release, head of the council Mohamed Fayek said the council will hold a roundtable meeting to study increasing violence rates.

He also stressed that terrorism is still the biggest violation of human rights.

CAIRO, Aug 12, 2018 (MENA) - Security forces killed 12 terrorists during raids in North Sinai.

Police received a tip-off that a group of terrorists were taking a fenced plot of land in Arish as their terrorist hotbed.

Immediately, police forces rushed to the area and engaged in a shootout with the terrorist elements.

Four machine-guns, one birdshot rifle, two explosive devices and ammunition were seized in their possession.

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