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ISIS In Libya Update: Egypt Reportedly Readying Assault On Islamic State Group Positions

Egypt reportedly is preparing a large-scale ground and air assault along the Libyan border to oust the Islamic State group from eastern Libya. DebkaFile, quoting military and intelligence sources, said naval and marine forces are assembling at Egypt's Mediterranean ports for a possible assault on Derna, the militants' provincial capital. DebkaFile noted the Islamic State group, also known as ISIS, represents an unacceptable threat to Egypt, and President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has been warned extremists already have penetrated some Egyptian towns and military units. ISIS fighters are being smuggled through the Sinai Peninsula and Egypt from Syria and Iraq by drug rings, DebkaFile said.

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Death sentences for Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie and others upheld in Egypt

A judge in Egypt has confirmed death sentences on the Muslim Brotherhood’s top leader Mohamed Badie and 13 other senior members of the outlawed organisation. The sentences were imposed last month after a court had found them guilty of inciting chaos and violence amid protests following the removal from power of the Islamist former President Mohamed Mursi in July 2013. The sentences have now been approved by the Grand Mufti after being referred to Egypt’s highest Islamic official as required by law. The court also sentenced US-Egyptian citizen Mohamed Soltan to life in jail for supporting the Brotherhood and “transmitting false news”. “I confirm the sentence of execution for the crimes of which they are accused and oblige them to pay the trial fees. The session is adjourned,” said presiding judge Mohamed Nagy Shehata, confirming the sentences in the defendants’ absence.

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