Terrorists linked with Al Qaeda claimed responsibility for gunning down three Egyptian policemen in the Sinai Peninsula Sunday, attacking the policemen’s bus with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns.
The Egyptian army responded through a message on Facebook, “We assure the Egyptian people of the great determination of its men to fight black terrorism and the complete elimination of the advocates of oppression and sedition and blasphemy from followers of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
The military regime in Egypt has branded the Muslim Brotherhood Public Enemy No. 1 and has linked it with virtually all terror that has plagued Egypt since the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi last year.
Saturday was the third anniversary of the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, and at least 49 people were killed in battles, mostly with supporters of the Brotherhood. The Interior Ministry stated it arrested more than 1,000 “rioters.”
For those with short reminders, the Obama administration helped get rid of Mubarak and fostered close ties with the Muslim Brotherhood, which won post-Mubarak elections. Washington then figured out that maybe the Brotherhood was not so much better than Mubarak, if not worse, and backed Morsi’s ouster.
Then it backed the new military regime, headed by General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, expected to win the next election for president.
The current regime and Morsi share two things in common: violence and hatred of Israel.