New Egyptian government rounding up Muslim Brotherhood leaders; Update: Shots fired at pro-Morsi demonstrators

posted at 10:01 am on July 5, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Will the popular coup by the Egyptian army turn into a civil war on the Nile? Despite assurances earlier in the week by newly-installed president Adly Mansour that all political parties would participate in the new government, the army has begun to arrest leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood:

Egyptian authorities installed an interim president and ordered the arrests of senior leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday, hours after the nation’s all-powerful military ousted Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected leader.

The Egyptian armed forces were quick to put a civilian face on what their opponents have labeled a coup. But the swift moves against the military’s longtime nemesis, the Morsi-allied Brotherhood, suggest that the nation’s generals are in no mood to reconcile with an Islamist group that until Wednesday had effectively controlled Egypt’s highest office for a year. …

Egypt’s new president, a virtual unknown named Adly Mansour, vowed to include all sections of society, including Islamists, in an interim coalition government shortly after he was sworn in Thursday. But even as he spoke, an arrest warrant was issued for Mohammed Badie, the Muslim Brotherhood’s “supreme guide.”

An arrest warrant also was issued for Khairat al-Shater, a wealthy businessman who serves as Badie’s deputy and was widely seen as one of the real powers behind the Morsi presidency.

Morsi and his top aides were placed under house arrest at a military residence. At least three other Brotherhood officials were taken into custody.

The enmity between the Ikhwan and the army goes back decades.  Until Mubarak fell, the army controlled the government for decades and suppressed the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist agenda.  Morsi had an extraordinary opportunity over the past year to turn the tables on the military and make the Muslim Brotherhood ascendant while putting the military in a subordinate role to civilian authority.  Instead, thanks to the massive amount of incompetence and hubris generated by the Morsi regime, the Muslim Brotherhood made the military more popular than ever — and gave it an entirely new reason to suppress the Ikhwan.

The problem with that as a strategy is that it ends any sense of investment that the Muslim Brotherhood and their Islamist allies have in political engagement, as opposed to terrorism and armed insurrection.  And the result is rather predictable:

Islamist gunmen staged multiple attacks on security forces in Egypt’s troubled Sinai Peninsula early on Friday, two days after the army overthrew elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, security sources and state television reported.

The security sources said a soldier was killed and two were wounded when a police station in Rafah on the border with the Gaza Strip came under rocket fire. The police post is close to the local headquarters of military intelligence.

Earlier, attackers fired rocket-propelled grenades at army checkpoints guarding El-Arish airport, close to the border with the Gaza Strip and Israel, in the latest of a string of security incidents in the lawless region, the sources said.

A military helicopter fired a missile at one of the vehicles trying to attack the airport, Israel Radio reported. No casualties were reported as a result of the missile attack.

It was not clear whether the attacks were coordinated and in reaction to Morsi’s removal. Islamist militants believed to have links to al-Qaida have established a foothold in the sparsely populated desert peninsula, sometimes in league with local Beduin smugglers and with Palestinian terrorists from Gaza.

It’s not as if this just started with Morsi’s downfall.  Radical Islamists had been attacking tourist centers in the Sinai for months, and the damage to the tourism industry (along with Islamist attacks on Christian churches throughout Egypt under Morsi’s rule) created a big economic disaster for Egypt and produced a widespread hunger problem, both of which were the proximate causes of the popular coup that took place this week.  Now, however, the attacks are no longer a headache for Morsi but for the military, and now the Islamists have no reason to hold back.

Earlier today, the African Union weighed in on the overthrow of Morsi with a finger wag to the military:

The African Union announced Friday that it has suspended Egypt.

The AU’s Peace and Security Council also said it was sending a team of “high-level personalities” to Egypt to work toward restoring constitutional order.

The moves, announced in separate tweets, come two days after the military overthrew the nation’s first democratically elected president and on the same day that massive demonstrations — some in favor and others in opposition to the coup — were planned.

I doubt that Mansour and military chief al-Sissi are terribly concerned with their standing in the African Union at this point, although they might be amused by their sudden taste for non-elected government, considering the current membership of the AU.

Update: Several pro-Morsi demonstrators have been wounded by gunfire while marching toward a military barracks where Morsi is being held.

A witness told Reuters that he saw several people fall to the ground, wounded by shotgun pellets. Security forces were cordoning the Republican Guard barracks but it was not immediately clear who had opened fire.

The BBC reports that at least one has died in the gunfire:

Shooting has broken out at a gathering of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Cairo, with at least one death.

The incident occurred as crowds tried to march on the place where Mr Morsi is believed to be held.

Morsi supporters have called this a Day of Rage, and it may get worse before it’s over.


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Egyptian Salafist preacher Ahmad Mahmoud Abdullah said that women protesting in Tahrir Square ‘have no shame and want to be raped.’

bazil9 on July 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM

The Associated Press ‏@AP 3m

MORE: Egypt’s military-backed interim president dissolves Islamist-dominated upper house of parliament: http://apne.ws/14SeJOt -BW
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The Associated Press The Associated Press ‏@AP 14m

BREAKING: Egypt TV: Interim president dissolves Islamist-led parliament. -BW
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https://twitter.com/AP

canopfor on July 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

The islamis-led/dominated military dissolves islamist-led/dominated … .

davidk on July 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM

canopfor on July 5, 2013 at 11:29 AM

They want the US to declare it a rev0lution. If the US says it’s a coup, then aid must be cut off.

davidk on July 5, 2013 at 11:37 AM

davidk:

Thats gonna be an interesting tight-rope walk on that!:)
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On Wednesday, Obama said he was “deeply concerned” over the military’s ouster of Mursi and said he had ordered a review of the legal implications for U.S. aid to Egypt.

Obama has proposed providing $1.3 billion in military aid to Egypt in fiscal year 2014.(More…)
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http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2013/07/05/U-S-presses-Egypt-to-avoid-arbitrary-Mursi-arrest-official-says-.html

canopfor on July 5, 2013 at 11:45 AM

canopfor on July 5, 2013 at 11:24 AM

The islamis-led/dominated military dissolves islamist-led/dominated … .

davidk on July 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM

davidk:Lol,ya,I’m starting to get news dizzy:)

canopfor on July 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM

If the White House had just been as focused on getting results in Benghazi!

PappyD61 on July 5, 2013 at 11:48 AM

bazil9 on July 5, 2013 at 11:43 AM

I, too, have trouble keeping straight who’s doing what to whom in the Arab countries.

I agree with Sarah Palin:

Militarily, where is our commander-in-chief? We’re talking now more new interventions. I say until we know what we’re doing, until we have a commander-in-chief who knows what he’s doing, well, let these radical Islamic countries who aren’t even respecting basic human rights, where both sides are slaughtering each other as they scream over an arbitrary red line, “Allah Akbar,” I say until we have someone who knows what they’re doing, I say let Allah sort it out.

http://aconservativelesbian.com/2013/06/16/gov-palin-is-right-on-syria-let-allah-sort-them-out/

(Did he just quote from a lezbenz website?)

davidk on July 5, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Hmmmmmm…………………..RAPE?!

Al Arabiya English Al Arabiya English ‏@AlArabiya_Eng 5m

Brotherhood’s Issam al-Aryan says will not cooperate w/ “raped” govt, calls on allies to not cooperate #Egypt #Cairo http://bit.ly/14XKJAm
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canopfor on July 5, 2013 at 11:50 AM

I guess I need to cancel my vacation to Sinai. First Yemen, then Gaza, now Sinai. There just aren’t any nice places to travel overseas anymore. /s

simkeith on July 5, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Yep. That’s why I’ll be vacationing in Texas this winter.

davidk on July 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM

Egyptian Salafist preacher Ahmad Mahmoud Abdullah said that women protesting in Tahrir Square ‘have no shame and want to be raped.’

bazil9 on July 5, 2013 at 11:44 AM

bazil9:

Me getting confused,Rape Rape,or,..Government Rape!:O

Brotherhood’s Issam al-Aryan says will not cooperate

w/ “raped” govt,

calls on allies to not cooperate #Egypt #Cairo http://bit.ly/14XKJAm
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canopfor on July 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM

davidk on July 5, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Thank you for your reply.
Yes, I read that from Sarah previously…
and agree.

bazil9 on July 5, 2013 at 11:54 AM

canopfor on July 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Thx Buddy!

bazil9 on July 5, 2013 at 11:58 AM

I guess I need to cancel my vacation to Sinai. First Yemen, then Gaza, now Sinai. There just aren’t any nice places to travel overseas anymore. /s

simkeith on July 5, 2013 at 11:42 AM

I know it sounds funny that Sinai was a vacation spot, but Israelis LOVE Sinai and used to go there all the time. I imagine that most of the tourism in Sinai was from Israelis, who have since been warned off of travel there.

I did one trip to Sinai (to the old Dahab, which was pretty raw). Nice place, though there were many nicer places in Israel. I didn’t feel comfortable there, at all. That was back in the late 1980s. I never went back to Sinai after that.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 5, 2013 at 11:59 AM

(Did he just quote from a lezbenz website?)

lol…
^5

bazil9 on July 5, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Violence and upheaval in a Muslim country??

You don’t say…….

KMC1 on July 5, 2013 at 12:02 PM

COUP Pressure Ramps up:

Egypt’s President Morsi removed from power

Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan condemns Egypt’s military intervention that toppled Morsi, chastises the West for failing to brand it a coup – @AFP

1 min ago from http://www.france24.com by editor
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http://www.france24.com/en/20130705-turkey-pm-blasts-egypt-coup-enemy-democracy

canopfor on July 5, 2013 at 12:02 PM

Our JPeterman?

coldwarrior on July 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

Yup…now on Twitter.

d1carter on July 5, 2013 at 12:03 PM

canopfor on July 5, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Thx Buddy!

bazil9 on July 5, 2013 at 11:58 AM

bazil9:-:O

canopfor on July 5, 2013 at 12:05 PM

canopfor on July 5, 2013 at 11:29 AM

That long, tedious, convoluted Cairo Speech back in 2009 didn’t do a damn bit of good for the Boy Wonder, did it?

coldwarrior on July 5, 2013 at 11:35 AM

coldwarrior:

Oh man you ain’t kidding,I think were in the beginning of M.E. Obama pushback!:)

canopfor on July 5, 2013 at 12:07 PM

Morsi supporters have called this a Day of Rage, and it may get worse before it’s over.

Excitable boy(s) they all said.

Things always seem to heat up when the Friday prayer sessions let out. Any time now…

bofh on July 5, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Morsi supporters have called this a Day of Rage

They won the vote and they get shot for it.

CW on July 5, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Hmmmmmm……………………………

Reuters Top News ‏@Reuters 31s

Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie, previously reported as arrested, appears on stage at Islamist rally in Cairo http://reut.rs/13ClIvQ
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http://live.reuters.com/Event/World_News

canopfor on July 5, 2013 at 12:21 PM

ABC news TV just reported that “they are getting closer to a democracy” (after the ouster of a democratically elected President)

faraway on July 5, 2013 at 12:24 PM

Morsi supporters have called this a Day of Rage

A day?

Just one day?

Hell, those bearded and beaded ones in Grant Park, ChiTown, back in ’68 incited days of rage at the Dem Convention.

C’mon, yer disappointin’ your homeboy, Barack.

One day?

Can tell the gas has gone out of that movement.

Still stinks, though.

coldwarrior on July 5, 2013 at 12:27 PM

canopfor on July 5, 2013 at 12:21 PM

He’s a badie, that’s for sure.

coldwarrior on July 5, 2013 at 12:29 PM

It’s not as if this just started with Morsi’s downfall. Radical Islamists had been attacking tourist centers in the Sinai for months, and the damage to the tourism industry (along with Islamist attacks on Christian churches throughout Egypt under Morsi’s rule) created a big economic disaster for Egypt and produced a widespread hunger problem, both of which were the proximate causes of the popular coup that took place this week. Now, however, the attacks are no longer a headache for Morsi but for the military, and now the Islamists have no reason to hold back.

I’m still not sure that this is a bad thing. Islamists were already discontent and causing problems, even when they had control of the government. I doubt they have more popular support at this point. On the contrary, if the Islamists have a freer hand than before, the military probably also has a freer hand and more public support to put them down.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 5, 2013 at 12:39 PM

I can’t believe this is all happening with foreign policy expert Joe Biden running things.

JR on July 5, 2013 at 12:44 PM

State Department admits it lied about John Kerry on his boat yesterday….says if he is needed he is on a “swift boat” so he can return…heh.

d1carter on July 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM

I’d say the army knew from the beginning that Islam is only contained by an iron fist.

Cleombrotus on July 5, 2013 at 10:33 AM

George Bush knows this. Obama knows it also – that is why Obama wears the silk gloves while he shakes hands with the devil.

redguy on July 5, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Why do Americans on the left hyperventilate so over their hallowed “separation between church and state” yet go all-in for a theocratic dictatorship in Egypt?

slickwillie2001 on July 5, 2013 at 11:01 AM

As long as you’re not talking about a “Christian” theocracy, they don’t see a problem.

There Goes the Neighborhood on July 5, 2013 at 12:53 PM

Every Friday is a day of rage in the Muslim world.

jawkneemusic on July 5, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Straddling the (barbed-wire) fence:

Now, the United States is viewed by the Muslim Brotherhood as the force behind Morsi’s ouster, and is viewed by the Egyptian military as an obstacle to that ouster. “We’ve managed now to alienate both sides in Egypt,” former State Department official Michele Dunne said.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/07/04/Kerry-MOrsi-Muslim-Brotherhood

davidk on July 5, 2013 at 1:04 PM

Where are the write-ups about Hillary’s derecliction during the Egypt/Arab’spring’?

Not a word, not one!!!

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2013 at 1:08 PM

Kerry went sailing

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

This is not a coup . . . it’s simply a recall election with assistance from the Army.

rplat on July 5, 2013 at 1:11 PM

jawkneemusic on July 5, 2013 at 1:03 PM

Not that the rage levels are particularly low on the other days. They live in a state of perpetual rage. If Hulk was a muslim he would never have returned to human form.

CoolAir on July 5, 2013 at 1:16 PM

Kerry went sailing

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2013 at 1:10 PM

What is it with Kerry and boats..?

d1carter on July 5, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Kerry is yachting and Obama is golfing. Did they at least see that our Ambassador and US citizens got home safely? Or are they still there?

scalleywag on July 5, 2013 at 10:47 AM

They’re probably safe…

there were no YouTube videos involved.

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Solaratov on July 5, 2013 at 1:21 PM

I’d say the army knew from the beginning that Islam is only contained by an iron fist.
Cleombrotus on July 5, 2013 at 10:33 AM
George Bush knows this. Obama knows it also – that is why Obama wears the silk gloves while he shakes hands with the devil.
redguy on July 5, 2013 at 10:40 AM

Ha. Yeah, right. Mr. Mom jeans with an iron fist in a velvet glove. You really got to be on some heavy medication to think that.

Cleombrotus on July 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

The problem with that as a strategy is that it ends any sense of investment that the Muslim Brotherhood and their Islamist allies have in political engagement, as opposed to terrorism and armed insurrection. And the result is rather predictable:

The Muslim Brotherhood are terrorists to their core and should not be allowed to fake their way into the political process.

Basilsbest on July 5, 2013 at 1:30 PM

Our JPeterman?

coldwarrior on July 5, 2013 at 11:39 AM

“PragueArtist” is his call sign.

Solaratov on July 5, 2013 at 1:32 PM

What is it with Kerry and boats..?

d1carter on July 5, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Has Grant Stayton III envy?

coldwarrior on July 5, 2013 at 1:35 PM

Morsi supporters have called this a Day of Rage

They won the vote and they get shot for it.

CW on July 5, 2013 at 12:19 PM

Sounds fair.

Sauce for the goose…etc.

Solaratov on July 5, 2013 at 1:38 PM

Obama on Egypt: As I’ve consistently said, we support a core set of principles about which we’re deeply concerned

Heh

Schadenfreude on July 5, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Yep. That’s why I’ll be vacationing in Texas this winter.

davidk on July 5, 2013 at 11:52 AM

I have been on vacation in Texas for over 40 years now. Don’t need any stinkin pyramids.

redguy on July 5, 2013 at 2:12 PM

I am liking what’s going on in Egypt more by the hour.

bw222 on July 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

State Department admits it lied about John Kerry on his boat yesterday….says if he is needed he is on a “swift boat” so he can return…heh.

d1carter on July 5, 2013 at 12:52 PM

http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/kerry-back-out-boat_738684.html

What difference does it make? – Official Policy Position of the US State Department.

workingclass artist on July 5, 2013 at 2:28 PM

OT

Hmmmmm….

“Marine Corps Col. George Bristol was in a key position in the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) chain of command the night of the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. As such, he’s high on the list of people that some Republican members of Congress want to interview. But they don’t know where he is and the Pentagon isn’t telling.

Pentagon spokesman Major Robert Firman told CBS News that the Department of Defense “cannot compel retired members to testify before Congress.”

“They say he’s retired and they can’t reach out to him,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told CBS News. “That’s hogwash.”

Bristol, a martial arts master, was commander of Joint Special Operations Task Force-Trans Sahara based in Stuttgart, Germany until he retired last March. In an article in Stars and Stripes, Bristol is quoted at his retirement ceremony as telling his troops that “an evil” has descended on Africa, referring to Islamic militant groups. “It is on us to stomp it out.”

Members of Congress in both the House and Senate, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., have asked the Pentagon for assistance in locating Bristol so that they can question him about events the night of the terrorist attacks in Benghazi. But those efforts have come up empty….”

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-250_162-57592442/republicans-want-to-talk-to-col-george-bristol-about-benghazi/

workingclass artist on July 5, 2013 at 2:37 PM

I am liking what’s going on in Egypt more by the hour.

bw222 on July 5, 2013 at 2:15 PM

And Obama is not – that is what I like about it!

redguy on July 5, 2013 at 2:56 PM

Egypt in chaos, terrible job numbers again, and I am forced to watch cnn at airport which for the last 30 minutes has been covering the Zimmerman trial?!?!? Is their a producer in the news room?

Ellis on July 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Egypt in chaos, terrible job numbers again, and I am forced to watch cnn at airport which for the last 30 minutes has been covering the Zimmerman trial?!?!? Is their a producer in the news room?

Ellis on July 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

To be fair to the Communist News Network, Zimmerman’s trial will mean far more to our society than the most recent round of infighting by goat-pestering heathens somewhere in the ME.

Because if he’s found guilty than nobody with a gun permit is safe; even if you can GET a firearm you won’t be able to use it unless you can cap the Democrat-voter and then escape with no witnesses. And if he’s found innocent the welfare brigade WILL, I repeat WILL, start mass ‘demonstrations’ in at least that city if not others.

MelonCollie on July 7, 2013 at 1:01 PM

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