Blog Entry #2

November11

In this blog post, I will be talking about the following articles:

1) I want to cleanse Libya of Muslim Brotherhood: Haftar by Ahram Online; and

2) Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood condemns Sinai attacks by Maggie Fick of Reuters

In the first article, a retired Libyan general, Khalifa Haftar, states that he wants to get rid of Muslim Brotherhood and all other Islamist radicals, calling his operation, Al-Karama (dignity). Operation dignity was launched because, according to the general, Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt is the driving forces behind extremists arriving in Libya. He states that he had arrested 40 people who were allegedly given fake passports by the Brotherhood to get into Libya.  Haftar says it has opened the eyes of many Libyans.

In the second article, Muslim Brotherhood is held responsible for the attack on Sinai that killed 33 security personnels. However, the Brotherhood denies anything to do with it and blames the “massacre” on President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi for security failures. Going back a year, army chief Sisi had elected President Mohamed Mursi of the Brotherhood in July 2013 after protests against his rule. His government has since cracked down on Egypt’s oldest and most organised Islamist movement, throwing thousands of Mursi’s supporters in jail and labeling the group a terrorist organization. It draws no distinction between the Brotherhood and Islamist militants in the Sinai. Sisi said that the attacks were an “existential threat” and Egypt has declared a state of emergency in North Sinai as it seeks to stem attacks.

It was obvious that both articles were written in opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood. Both articles claimed that Brotherhood was radical Islamist group that is responsible for causing extremist activities such as leading terrorists into other countries and/or causing bloodshed. In both articles, it ends with people having enough of the Brotherhood.

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