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Old 10-31-2015, 07:57 PM   #1
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By , CAIRO â?? A Russian airliner carrying more than 200 passengers crashed in Egyptâ??s Sinai Peninsula on Saturday morning, Egyptâ??s government and Russiaâ??s Federal Aviation Agency said. No one survived the crash, the Russian Embassy in Egypt said. Egyptian military planes first spotted the ...
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Egypt: Top terrorist in ISIS-linked group killed
November 9, 2015 - Terror group claimed responsibility for downed Russian jet
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A leader in an ISIS-affiliated Egyptian terrorist group has been killed, Egypt's state media reported Monday. That terrorist group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, has claimed responsibility for downing the Russian Metrojet flight last month. Egyptian authorities have said it's too soon to tell what caused the crash, and they haven't accused Ashraf Ali Ali Hassanein al-Gharabali of being involved. But the government's announcement of his death Monday comes as authorities face questions over security after the crash and push to project a tough stance on terrorism.

Gharabali was killed in a shootout with security forces at a checkpoint in the El-Marg district in northeastern Cairo, the state-run Middle East News Agency reported, citing Egypt's Interior Ministry. Officers were attempting to carry out an arrest warrant against Gharabali. Police were approaching Gharabali's vehicle when he attempted to flee and opened fire with a pistol, MENA said. Details on when the incident took place were not immediately forthcoming from the ministry. MENA described Gharabali as "the most dangerous leader" of the group, which goes by various names, including ISIS in Sinai Peninsula. He was allegedly involved in the attempted assassination of Egypt's former interior minister and the thwarted attack on the the Karnak Temple in Luxor in June. the agency said.

The Egyptian Interior Ministry described him as "the mastermind" of a number of organized attacks in Egypt. One analyst appeared skeptical that Gharabali had any tie to the group's Sinai operations, noting that he's been accused of involvement in attacks on Egypt's mainland. "I'm afraid his death has little implication on the group's operations in Sinai or those responsible for the alleged bombing of the Metrojet flight," Mokhtar Awad, an expert on ISIS in the Sinai at the Center for American Progress, said in a written statement.

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Saturday 7 November 2015 - Guided by patriotism and a reticent state media, Muscovites reluctant to assign responsibility for the disaster to Isis
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On the streets of Moscow on Saturday, the dominant mood regarding the Sinai air crash appeared to be a mixture of scepticism, caution and an implacable hostility towards Islamic State. Above all, many Russians seemed hesitant to draw any conclusions about the causes of disaster, or to tie it to Moscow’s airstrikes in Syria. “You want me to say it was a bad idea to bomb Syria? Personally I think it was high time we destroy Isis,” said one woman who gave her name as Tatiana Vladimirovna. She said she had worked in the aviation industry and thought negligence probably caused the crash. “Isis is horrible, they’re worse than Hitler,” said Natalya Petrovna. They’re destroying people, they’re destroying their history. Have you watched TV? They’re now engaged in recruiting our girls. “Do you think comrade Putin will let them take down our planes just like that?” she said, when asked about the possibility of terrorist attacks in revenge for Russia’s campaign in Syria. “Our military looks pretty good now compared to others.”

Vladimir, who did not want to give his surname, said Russians’ support for the Syria campaign would remain unaffected even if a bomb was shown to have brought down the plane. “A plane crashed, so what? Our planes have crashed before because the pilot was drunk,” he said. “Whether [perceptions] change will depend on our zombie-box,” he added, using a term for state TV popular among the opposition. On Saturday the Russian newspaper Kommersant quoted a source saying Egyptian forensic scientists had determined that several passengers died from “bomb blast trauma”.

But, in general, Russian media remain hesitant to raise the spectre of a terrorist attack. State news agency RIA Novosti quoted an unnamed Russian official in the crash investigation as saying: “At the moment it is only possible to talk about the presence of undefined sounds registered by the flight recorder,” and that it was “premature” to say they came from an explosion. The official government newspaper, Rossiyskaya Gazeta, said the decoding of the black box did not provide conclusive data that an explosive device had been on board.

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