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Egypt's military arrests 200 leaders of Muslim Brotherhood

Jul 04, 2013

It seems that the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has overplayed their hand. The Egyptians, now backed by the military, are out in force, rejecting the idea of a Muslim state.

Morsi was given a two-day ultimatum by the military to come to some agreement with the people. He rejected that ultimatum after being encouraged by President Obama's support. The military then arrested him and sent him off to prison. The other Brotherhood officials did not want to go quietly either, so now the military has issued an arrest warrant for them as well.

If this action continues, it will essentially destroy the Muslim Brotherhood as a political party and will drive the remnants underground. With them will go other Islamist parties with similar agendas.


CAIRO — The chief justice of Egypt's Supreme Constitutional Court was sworn in Thursday as the nation's interim president, taking over hours after the military ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi and launched a major crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi hails.

In the highest profile arrest since Morsi's ouster, security officials said that Mohammed Badie, supreme leader of the Brotherhood, was arrested late on Wednesday in the Mediterranean coastal city of Marsa Matrouh, where he has been staying in a villa owned by a businessman with Brotherhood links....

Badie and el-Shater were widely believed by the oppositions to be the real power in Egypt during Morsi's tenure.

Authorities have also issued a wanted list for more than 200 Brotherhood members and leaders of other Islamist groups. The leader of the Brotherhood's political arm – Freedom and Justice Party – and another of Badie's deputies have been detained.  At least a dozen of Morsi's advisers and aides are also under house arrest.

The arrests and warrants against Brotherhood leaders signal a crackdown by the military against Islamists who have dominated the political scene in Egypt since the ouster in 2011 of autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

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