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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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Terror threat puts Kingdom on top alert

Saudi Arabia has put security forces on alert for a possible militant attack on vital energy installations and popular shopping malls, Interior Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Mansour Al-Turki said on Monday. “There was information about a possible terrorist attack targeting a mall or Saudi Aramco installation. We have passed this information to the security forces to be on alert,” Al-Turki said in a statement. Al-Turki said he had no further information about the threat. Riyadh has been carrying out airstrikes against Iran-allied Houthi rebels in Yemen since March 26 in Operation Decisive Storm for restoring the country’s legitimacy. “Saudi Arabia is targeted by terrorism. Usually in such situations (conflicts), there are attempts by terrorist groups to take advantage and carry out attacks,” said Al-Turki. On Saturday, guards at the gates of a central Riyadh shopping mall stopped single men from entering and searched the bags of female shoppers. In 2006, four Al-Qaeda militants breached the gates of Saudi Aramco’s Abqaiq plant but couldn’t cause significant damage. Since then Saudi Arabia has strengthened the security of energy infrastructure and set up a 40,000-strong force for the purpose.

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In Egypt, ex-military men fire up Islamist insurgency

(Reuters) - A small but highly dangerous succession of former Egyptian army officers are joining Islamist militant groups, complicating President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's efforts to counter what he calls an existential threat from extremism.These men are raising the stakes in an insurgency that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police since the army toppled Islamist President Mohamed Mursi in 2013.

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Militants Attack Church and Police in Egypt, One Policeman Dead

Islamist militants hit Egypt's two largest cities Sunday with a bombing in Cairo and an attack on a church in Alexandria, killing a police officer and wounding seven other people, security sources said. In a separate incident, the leader of a militant group that has targeted police and soldiers around the capital was killed in a firefight with security forces early Sunday, the Interior Ministry said.A bomb explosion on a bridge leading to the upscale Cairo district of Zamalek, which hosts many embassies, killed a police officer, the Interior Ministry said. Two other officers and a civilian were injured. The force of the bomb, which the sources said was planted in or near a car, left a shallow crater and pools of blood on the May 15 Bridge.In Alexandria, militants in a microbus shot at the Church of the Angel Rafael, wounding a police officer and three civilians, before fleeing, security sources said.

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Egypt: Sinai peninsula attack kills 17

Militants have reportedly killed 17 people in the north of Egypt's Sinai peninsula, near the Israel-Gaza border. Security sources say 15 soldiers and two civilians died when gunmen attacked checkpoints around the town of Sheikh Zuweid on Thursday. Egyptian forces have been fighting a faction affiliated to the Islamic State group, known as Sinai Province.

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Bomb blast injures 8 in Egypt capital

A bomb has exploded in the Egyptian capital city of Cairo, injuring eight people, including four police officers, the country’s Health Ministry says. Egypt’s Health Ministry spokesman, Hisam Abdulghafar, said on Saturday that a bomb detonated in the subway station of Cairo Media University. Meanwhile, security sources confirmed that four officers were among those injured in the explosion. Bomb experts rushed to the scene following the explosion to comb the area. In a similar incident last October, a bomb exploded outside the gates of Cairo University, wounding at least nine people, including a senior officer.

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Australia warns of possible attacks in Kenyan capital

(Reuters) - Militants may be planning attacks against crowded places in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, the Australian government said in a travel alert on Friday, without naming any group it suspected might opt for violence. The Kenyan government was not immediately available for comment but has criticized such alerts in the past, saying they hurt Kenya's vital tourism industry and play into the hands of those behind the gun and grenade assaults.The Australian travel advisory came days after a warning by the U.S. Embassy in Uganda that it had information of "possible terrorist threats" to locations frequented by Westerners in Kampala, the capital of the east African nation.

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