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Egypt's Threat from Within: Who's Who In The Madinat Nasr Cell

Publisher Jamestown Foundation
Publication Date 21 December 2012
Citation / Document Symbol Volume: 3 Issue: 12
Cite as Jamestown Foundation, Egypt's Threat from Within: Who's Who In The Madinat Nasr Cell, 21 December 2012, Volume: 3 Issue: 12, available at: [accessed 18 December 2017]
Comments Andrew McGregor
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Amidst new political turmoil in Egypt, the investigation continues into the extent of the radical Islamist network disrupted by an October 24 police raid on the militants' armory in the Cairo suburb of Madinat Nasr. [1] A number of those arrested during the Madinat Nasr raid or as a result of subsequent investigations into the cell are experienced jihadists, many with connections to Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri's Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ), which formally merged with al-Qaeda in 2001. Others possess military experience and may have been prepared to turn their knowledge of arms and tactics against the post-revolutionary Egyptian state, though some of the detainees claim the Madinat Nasr cell was directed primarily at running Libyan arms to Islamist groups fighting the Assad regime in Syria. Here, then, is a short look at the profiles of some of the major figures arrested or being sought in connection with the raid on the Madinat Nasr cell:

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