Special Briefings

Attack at Rawda Mosque

INTRODUCTION During Friday prayers on November 24, a group of armed assailants attacked worshipers at Belal Mosque in the village of Rawda in North Sinai, killing 311 civilians, among them 27 children, and injuring 128. Egypt’s public prosecutor and eyewitnesses...

Bahariya Oasis Incident

Download PDF On Friday, October 20, a convoy of Egyptian security personnel attempting a counter-terror raid was overcome by militants near Bahariya Oasis, about 85 miles southwest of Cairo. The Ministry of Interior reported the deaths of 11 officers (including...

Attacks Against Security Forces Continue in Egypt’s North Sinai

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS Wilayat Sinai, the Islamic State’s affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula, on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack on a police convoy on the Qantara-Arish Road in the Taloul area of North Sinai (about 20 miles west of Arish)...

Developments in U.S.-Egypt Aid Relationship

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS UPDATE, September 7, 2017: On September 6, the office of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), vice-chairman of the Committee on Appropriations, issued a summary of the Senate’s State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Subcommittee (SFOPS) fiscal year 2018 spending bill....

Palm Sunday Bombings

Twin bombs at Coptic Orthodox cathedrals in Alexandria and Tanta exploded on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017, killing 47 and injuring up to 113. The Islamic State in Egypt claimed the attack, which occurred less than five months after the...

SPECIAL BRIEFING: Killings in Arish: Rising Sectarianism in Sinai

SPECIAL BRIEFING Killings in Arish: Rising Sectarianism in Sinai February 2017 INTRODUCTION In the last four weeks, seven Christians have been killed in the city of Arish in North Sinai, changing the nature of violence in Sinai that has recently...

SPECIAL BRIEFING: Bombing at Chapel near St. Mark’s Cathedral

A deadly blast ripped through the women’s section of the St. Peter and St. Paul Coptic Orthodox Church on Sunday, December 11, almost instantly killing 25 people and wounding nearly 50 others. Specifically aimed at Egypt’s minority Christian population, the...