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article imageOp-Ed: Egypt begins its transformation into a terrorist State

By Eliot Elwar     Aug 17, 2013 in World
The Muslim Brotherhood supporters return to Cairo's streets as the death toll reaches over 600. Egypt’s Brotherhood vows to bring down military takeover of its government. And analysts believe Egypt could transform into a terrorist State by years end.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood returned to Egypt's streets after vowing to bring down the ‘military coup’ with a ‘peaceful’ struggle, despite the heavy loss of life when government forces broke up its protest camps. The death toll from the previous day's violence continued to climb. The number has reached over 600 and it is still growing. The number of injured in had also risen, and now stood at 3,994. Recently, hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood supporters stormed a government building in Cairo and set a fire at its entrance. Hundreds marched in Egypt's famous city of Alexandria to protest the violence. ‘We will come back again for the sake of our martyrs,’ the marchers chanted. Meanwhile, seven Egyptian soldiers were shot dead by unknown gunmen near the city of El-Arish in the lawless north Sinai region. In a separate incident, five soldiers were injured when gunmen opened fire on an army tent, according to HAARETZ news.
The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt recently vowed to bring down the “military coup” that toppled former President Mohammed Mursi. The Brotherhood remained committed to peaceful activism after a deadly crackdown to disperse sit-ins by protesters calling for the re-installment of the Islamist leader. “We will always be non-violent and peaceful. We will remain strong, defiant and resolved, according to Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad al-Haddad.
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood called on followers to continue mass protest in Cairo, after many people were killed during a security crackdown on the Islamist movement that has left the populous Arab nation polarized and in turmoil. Hundreds of bodies, many of them wrapped in white shrouds, arranged in rows on the floor of the Imam mosque in northeast Cairo, close to the worst of recent violence between police and demonstrators. Islamist supporters of former President Mohamed Mursi clashed with police and troops who used bulldozers, teargas and live ammunition to clear two Cairo sit-ins that had become a hub of resistance to the military. The clashes spread quickly hundreds of people were killed and thousands injured in fighting in Cairo, Alexandria and numerous towns and cities around the mostly Muslim nation of over 80 million people. The capital and other areas hit by shocking violence were largely calm overnight, after the army-installed government declared a month-long state of emergency and imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the capital and other provinces according to Reuters.
Today the light is departing from Egypt as bloodshed and violence decorate the streets of Cairo because of the Muslim Brotherhood’s determination to control the country. The brotherhood is a religio-political organization founded in Egypt in 1928 by Ḥasan al-Bannā that promoted the Qurʾān and Ḥadīth as the proper basis for society. This militant organization quickly gained many followers throughout North Africa and the Middle East and influenced the development of Muslim groups in other regions. It became politicized after 1938, rejecting Westernization, modernization, and secularization. This Muslim group was suppressed in Egypt after a 1954 assassination attempt on Gamal Abdel Nasser, it operated secretly in the 1960s and 1970s. During the late 1980s, it experienced an upsurge and though its candidates were often listed under other parties, the Brotherhood candidates competed in legislative elections in Egypt and Jordan. After the removal of the Mubarak regime in 2011, the Brotherhood sought to restore order to Egypt with the Morsi government, but many Egyptians realized that Morsi was only a Muslim Brotherhood puppet preparing for war against Israel and the West. Blood will continue to flow throughout the streets of Egypt as militants seek to control this famous nation. Egypt could become either a failed or terrorist State within the next few years.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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