Egypt Has a Wider Militancy Problem

(Reuters) Tom Perry - When they left their village north of Cairo on Aug. 27, Ahmed Waguih and Bahaa Zaqzouq told their families they were going on holiday. A few weeks later the cousins were killed mounting a cross-border raid into Israel. The role of these two young men in the Sep. 21 attack shows that militant groups are appealing to a wider audience since Hosni Mubarak was toppled. Islamists of all stripes are flourishing now, said Khalil al-Anani, an expert on Islamist movements based at Durham University in England. "The majority of Salafi Jihadi groups now focus on Israel," he added.

2012-10-11 00:00:00

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