Tuesday, March 08, 2016

The Usual Suspects

"Hamas trained, prepared, and oversaw the implementation [of the attack on 65-year-old Hisham Barakat, Egypt's chief prosecutor in June of 2015]."
"This is a very big conspiracy that started a long time ago and continued."
Egyptian Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar

"These statements are untrue and do not bode well for ongoing efforts to develop ties between Hamas and Cairo."
Samy Abu Zahri, Hamas spokesman

"You are the real the conspiracy against Egypt. You are the murderers. Look amongst you for the killers of your public prosecutor you infidels and murderers." 
Mohamed Montaser, spokesman, Muslim Brotherhood
"I received a firearms course, a car bomb course, and a military tactics course. I returned to Egypt three months later and remained in contact with Hamas intelligence officers."
"I was later told to prepare for an operation with others where we would assassinate the public prosecutor."
"As soon as the motorcade moved (near the car bomb) I pressed the button and we took a photo then moved in a red hatchback car."

Video recorded confession of two of 14 men admitting part in attack
FILE -- In this June 29, 2015 file photo, Egyptian policemen stand guard at the site of a bombing that killed Egypt’s top prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, who oversaw cases against thousands of Islamists, in Cairo, Egypt. Nabil Sadek Egypt’s chief prosecutor ordered the detention of six people on Sunday suspected of involvement in the assassination of Barakat. Most are students at Cairo’s Al-Azhar, Sunni Islam’s pre-eminent institution for religious learning. (AP Photo/Eman Helal, File)

In one fell swoop implicating both the Muslim Brotherhood and its offshoot Hamas. The irony being that Hamas grew out of the Muslim Brotherhood, and here are agents representing the Muslim Brotherhood travelling to Gaza for terrorist training from Hamas. The Egyptian Interior Minister announced the arrest of a Brotherhood cell of 48 men, tasked with undermining Egyptian security by mounting a series of deadly attacks against the government.

Mr. Abdel-Ghaffar specifically identified a former Brotherhood health ministry spokesman in the Mohammed Morsi government, Yehia Moussa, as having planned the operation. Mr. Moussa is not available for comment or incarceration in Egypt since he has been given haven in Turkey. Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan prefers the Muslim Brotherhood to the authority of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. And until recently Hamas officials set up office in Turkey as well.

A group of young men in their early 20s, fourteen of the arrested 48, have declared their involvement in the targeted assassination of the Egyptian prosecutor, who had been in charge of prosecuting and overseeing the mass trials of thousands of Islamists. Mr. Barakat was killed when a car bomb loaded with over 175 pounds of explosives was detonated when his vehicle drove through a Cairo suburb on June 29. It had been remotely detonated as the motorcade passed by the explosives-laden vehicle that had been prepared the day before.
Egyptian state prosecutor Hisham Barakat was killed in a powerful bombing that hit his convoy in Cairo on June 28, 2015
Egyptian state prosecutor Hisham Barakat was killed in a powerful bombing that hit his convoy in Cairo on June 28, 2015 (AFP Photo/)
President Sisi and his government have their hands full in trying to suppress the Islamist insurgency raging in the Sinai. An assorted group of jihadis, from al-Qaeda to Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood fighters to Salafist Bedouin pledging allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant have all converged to attack Egyptian police stations, and the military, even while tunnels that Hamas has constructed are being flooded by the military.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which insists it does not authorize violence, has been declared a terrorist group and outlawed in Egypt. Since the Brotherhood has no interest in promoting violence it is a bit of a mystery which influential group that has tentacles worldwide since its inception in the first quarter of the 20th Century has been inspiring attacks against Egyptian authorities and security agents.

Like spontaneous combustion, it seems that lethal violence just finds its home in Egypt.

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