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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Syrian Army Kills a Group of Chechen Snipers in Daraa



In a new setback against the so-called “Operation Southern Storm”, the Syrian army targeted a terrorist gathering on Monday, killing 30 members of a Chechen snipers group hours after their entered into the east of Daraa countryside.



Nassib crossingThe snipers entered Daraa from the MOC operations center through Nassib crossing.

The Syrian army targeted the residential villa, where the Chechen snipers were staying, with a guided missile hours after they entered the city of Saida in Daraa countryside.



Sources told Al-Manar TV that the Chechen snipers were brought in across the Nassib border crossing with Jordan in total secrecy, where they arrived to a residential villa at 2:30 AM in the dawn and were kept under heavy guard.



The Syrian army lookout for them and watched their movements and while they were holding a meeting with a field coordination leader the villa was leveled to the ground. The terrorists were all dead or injured.


Source: Al Manar TV
30-06-2015 - 12:52 Last updated 30-06-2015 - 12:52


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Syrian Armed Forces: ISIS has Suffered 691 Casualties in 48 Hours

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The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and their allies from the National Defense Forces (NDF) have allegedly killed 691 enemy combatants from the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) in the last 48 hours at the Syrian provinces of Al-Hasakah and Deir Ezzor.
According to media sources from the Syrian Armed Forces, the latter has killed 444 ISIS fighters at the provincial capital of  the Al-Hasakah Governorate and 247 ISIS fighters at the provincial capital of the Deir Ezzor Governorate – among these 691 casualties, 13 of them were reportedly field commanders identified by the Syrian Armed Forces.
While the Syrian Armed Forces have killed a substantial number of ISIS militants in the last 48 hours, these alleged numbers have not been confirmed by the Syrian Arab Army’s Central Command – the only reports that confirm these numbers are SAA media activists.
Al-Masdar News was able to confirm the death of 94 ISIS militants at the provincial capital of the Al-Hasakah Governorate in the last 72 hours; however, the 350 others that the SAA media activists reported could not be confirmed by this news agency.
Recently, ISIS has conducted a number of large-scale offensives in the provinces of Al-Hasakah, Aleppo, Hama, and Homs – they achieved limited success in some of these provinces; however, they have progressed the furthest in the Al-Hasakah Governorate, despite the Syrian Arab Army’s fierce resistance at the southern and western perimeters of the city.



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Palestinian Woman Stabs Israeli Soldier at Bethlehem Checkpoint

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A Palestinian woman stabbed a female Israeli soldier in the neck at a checkpoint between Jerusalem and West Bank city of Bethlehem on Monday, according to Israeli security forces.
The Palestinian had arrived at the checkpoint, which has separate lines for men and women, and “pulled out a knife and stabbed a military policewoman,” a police statement said.
The Israeli Defense Forces emergency medical service Magen David Adom said the soldier was in moderate condition.
The reported stabbing is the most recent in a spate of attacks by Palestinians on Israel’s military in the Palestinian territories.
On June 21, a Palestinian stabbed and seriously wounded an Israeli border policeman at Damascus Gate outside East Jerusalem’s Old City before the officer shot the Palestinian, critically injuring him.
On Friday Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian at a checkpoint in the Jordan Valley who they alleged was attempting to attack them.
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UN report urges accountability for war crimes against Palestinian children

DCIP urges Israel to investigate ill treatment of children

UN report urges accountability for war crimes against Palestinian children

Mary McGowan Davis, Commissioner, UN Independent Commission on the 2014 Gaza Conflict
Mary McGowan Davis, chair of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict, looks on prior to addressing a Human Rights Council session on March 23, 2015.

Ramallah, June 29, 2015—An independent United Nations commission presented a report to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday, detailing international law violations during Israel’s military offensive on Gaza last summer.

The report, presented by Mary McGowan Davis, commissioner of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict, painstakingly details the degree to which Palestinian children were “savagely affected” by Israel’s military assault on Gaza.

The report highlights violations by Israeli forces, including indiscriminate attacks against civilians and unlawful airstrikes on residential buildings, as well as violations by Palestinian armed groups.

“We welcome the commission’s findings, but concrete action must be taken to challenge the status quo of systemic impunity for international law violations committed by Israeli forces,” said Khaled Quzmar, DCIP’s general director. “Without accountability, Palestinian children will continue to bear the brunt of Israeli military offensives and prolonged military occupation.”

Specific cases examined by the commission in the full report include, among others, the killing of four boys on a Gaza City beach by Israeli missiles and the use of a Palestinian teen as a human shield by Israeli forces. Zakariya Ahed Subhi Baker, 10, Ahed Atef Ahed Baker, 9, Ismail Mohammad Subhi Baker, 9, and Mohammad Ramez Ezzat Baker, 11, were cousins from fishermen families, and had been playing on a Gaza City beach when two missiles hit them just after 4 p.m. on July 16, 2014. Israeli soldiers repeatedly used Ahmad Abu Raida, 17, as a human shield for five days while he was detained during Israel’s ground invasion of the Gaza Strip.

The report also highlighted the unlawful killing of Hashem Khader Abu Maria, 45, coordinator of DCIP’s community mobilization unit. Israeli forces shot Hashem in the chest with live ammunition as he stood at a demonstration in solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza on July 25, 2014, in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar. The commission found that Hashem did not present any “direct or imminent threat” to Israeli forces or any other persons.

Following the report presentation, DCIP delivered an oral statement to the UN Human Rights Council, urging UN member states to demand that Israel ends its prolonged military occupation of Palestinians living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and its ongoing siege on the Gaza Strip. DCIP also called on all UN member states to actively support and ensure the full and immediate implementation of the recommendations contained in the report of the Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict.

The UN Human Rights Council, composed of 47 UN member states, is responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights. The Council meets three times per year and regularly addresses the situation of Palestinian children living in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

In July 2014, the Human Rights Council passed a resolution establishing the independent commission to investigate alleged violations of international law during Israel’s July-August military assault on Gaza.

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Brazil Supports Setting Common BRICS Currency

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Using a single currency for financial operations within BRICS would avert dependency on currency market fluctuations, the Brazilian ambassador to Russia said.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The idea of setting a single currency for the BRICS member states is positive but the technical side of the issue needs to be ironed out first, Brazilian Ambassador to Russia Jose Vallim Guerreiro said.

“This issue has been repeatedly raised and discussed. We believe the idea itself is very positive as it would allow for the use of a single currency without any dependence on the currency market fluctuations,” Guerreiro told RIA Novosti in an interview.

“But the issue is extremely complicated and it should first be studied from the technical point of view on the level of experts who could asses all benefits and drawbacks of establishing a single currency,” he added.

The ambassador noted that the main outcome of the upcoming summit in Ufa is the launch of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB).The BRICS economies signed an agreement to establish the NDB during a July 2014 summit in Fortaleza, Brazil. The countries agreed to establish a $100-billion reserve currency pool to ensure the bank's financial stability.

Guerreiro said that the BRICS member states are currently working on the ratification of the signed agreements, adding that Brazil has already carried out all necessary procedures.

Cooperation with the NDB will “give an impetus to the development of all the projects that are our top investment priority,” the ambassador said.He added that Brazil has chosen its representative to the bank’s board of directors.
The 7th annual summit of BRICS member states will be held in the Russian city of Ufa on July 9-10.
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Greece to Close Banks, Impose Capital Controls


Faced with an increase in demand but no extra funding from the European Central Bank, the Greek government ordered banks closed. Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said in televised address Sunday that as a result of a denial by Greece’s creditors for a short extension of the bailout program, the government has been forced to introduce capital controls and keep its banks closed on Monday.
“This decision led the ECB today to limit the liquidity of Greek banks and forced the central bank of Greece to propose a bank holiday and a restriction on bank withdrawals,” said Tsipras in a televised address.
Greek lawmakers approved Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’ request for a July 5 referendum on Greece’s creditors’ latest bailout terms. However, Greece’s current bailout expires Tuesday and without an extension the country faces defaulting on its US$1.8 billion International Monetary Fund (IMF) loan.
As a result, Greece may be in the midst of an urgent financial situation by the time the day of the vote arrives.
Officials from the IMF have also deliberately inserted themselves into the debate surrounding the referendum. IMF spokesperson Gerry Rice told Bloomberg Business that the fund fully expects the payment to be made Tuesday and should Greece fail to pay that, they would immediately be in arrears.
Being in arrears means Greece would be unable to receive any further loans from the IMF.
Meanwhile IMF chief Christine Lagarde said Greek government’s planned July 5 referendum will be based on bailout terms for the country that are no longer valid as the current program expires on June 30.
But Lagarde nonetheless made a pitch to Greeks, encouraging them to vote yes in next Sunday’s referendum. According to the unelected official, if the vote produced “a resounding yes” to remaining in the euro, then creditors would also be willing to make an effort, she told the BBC.
Lagarde said there was still time for the Greek government to accept the proposals from creditors, despite having varied little from its initial calls for austerity reforms, including lowering of wages and pensions.
The latest counter-offer from creditors was deemed unacceptable by the leftist Syriza government, which was elected on a platform to end austerity in the country.
Prime Minister Tsipras has framed the question of a referendum as a question of democracy. This appears to be resonating with the Greek people, who are standing by their government.
“He absolutely did the right thing. Of course I will vote against the lenders proposals,” said Areti Kazanzioglou, 40, a private sector employee. “Europe is all about democracy, and not what the institutions are trying to do to us.”
Prime Minister Tsipras is calling for a “no” vote in Sunday’s referendum while pro-European Greek opposition parties have condemned the decision to call the referendum.
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Monday, June 29, 2015

ISIS Barbarians at the Gates, While NATO Hypes ‘Russian Threat’

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As ISIS terror erupts across the globe, Western governments are busy making plans to establish a rapid reaction force in Eastern Europe to ‘contain Russia’, thus qualifying them for an annual ‘you couldn’t make it up’ award.
It calls to mind one of Britain’s worst military defeats, suffered at the hands of the Japanese, when 100,000 troops and sailors were marched into captivity after the fall of Singapore on February 15, 1942. Winston Churchill called it “the largest capitulation in British history.” Many of the British troops never even fired a shot before surrendering, thus adding to the humiliation and ignominy of their defeat at the hands of a much smaller force. The British commander responsible for the surrender, Lieutenant General Arthur Percival, earned himself a cold place in history as a consequence.
A major reason for the defeat and surrender of an island that was considered a key and strategically vital part of the British Empire was that the guns of the British defenders were pointed in the wrong direction; they’d been expecting the Japanese attack to come from the sea rather than through the jungle and swamps of the Malay Peninsula behind them.
Today, in 2015, British guns are not only pointed in the wrong direction they are pointed at the wrong enemy. The most recent terrorist atrocity, carried out last week against tourists in Tunisia, has resulted in the most British victims since the 7/7 attacks in London which ended in the deaths of 52 innocent civilians. On the same day as the Tunisian attack, a terrorist atrocity was carried out in France, while in Kuwait a suicide bomber attacked a Shia mosque.
Meanwhile, in Iraq and Syria, the so-called Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS/ISIL) and other Salafist terror groups continue to kill, slaughter, and butcher men, women, and children. All this is happening while the West continues to make a virtue of impotence, more concerned with directing its ire against a country, Russia that has been at the forefront of resisting terrorism at home and abroad.
Yes, without doubt, you couldn’t make it up.
Every day that IS exists it grows stronger; its vile ideology becomes more entrenched and grows more attractive to ever more young disaffected Muslim men across the world. They are not attracted to the group’s religious doctrine so much as the opportunity to join a cause that allows them to feel powerful as opposed to the powerlessness of their current predicament in a world underpinned by the anarchy of a free market that breeds poverty, despair, and injustice.
As such, the West is both the handmaiden and victim of radicalization. Every terrorist attack confirms the collapse of Western foreign policy and its alignment with some of the most reactionary states on the planet – Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, etc. – not to mention ultra nationalists in Kiev and across Eastern Europe. It constitutes unimpeachable evidence of the sham that is Western democracy, and how it rests upon foundations of hypocrisy and mendacity.
The crisis and chaos that has engulfed the Middle East as a direct result of the West’s role in the region increasingly threatens civilians everywhere, including Russia, which is why it remains unconscionable that the West remains intent on treating Moscow as an enemy rather than a partner in a struggle against one of the gravest threats to modernity and civilization the world has faced. Furthermore, this cognitive dissonance, this departure from reality, informs an air campaign that has failed utterly in its stated objective of degrading the power of IS and stemming its advance. When it suffers a reverse in one part of Syria or Iraq, it advances in another, butchering civilians wherever it appears.
The question needs to be asked: Where is the 30-40,000 strong rapid reaction force to counter the barbarism of ISIS? Where is the determination to contain a state – the so-called Islamic State – that violates every moral and ethical principle of humanity in its treatment of minorities, women, children, and natural justice?

There is no more grievous indictment of the policy being undertaken by the West than the fact that a large swathe of the world is now a no-go area for tourists and visitors. The impact of the attack in Tunisia, for example, will be measured in a loss of a tourism industry that is vital to that country’s ability to maintain a nascent democracy that is balanced precariously on the edge of sustainability, thus making the growth of extremism and terrorism there more rather than less likely.
This lamentable state of affairs is even more grotesque when we consider that this year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. This was a war that saw the West and the Soviet Union unite against a common enemy, fascism, in the interests of humanity. Those who fought and sacrificed and suffered immeasurably in that war would be well within their rights to judge the current generation of leaders harshly over their lack of statesmanship and foresight in understanding who and what the real enemy is, and where the real threat to global peace and stability resides.
The barbarians are at the gates and it’s time to wake up, else we’re going to have a bloody disaster on our hands.
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Red lines being drawn by Russia over the USA's attempts to destroy Syria

 
Russia Promises "Economic And Military" Aid To Syria As US Refloats Assad "Chemical Weapons" Fake Evidence
It's been a while since the US State Department, with the help of the UK-funded and US-supported Syrian 
Observatory for Human Rights, floated doctored YouTube clips of hundreds of Syrians dead as a result of Assad's chemical attacks. In fact, it has been almost exactly two years since the last time the US nearly launched an all out proxy war in Syria, one involving an axis of western powers and Qatar (whose natural gas this whole charade is all about) against another axis of Russia and China who were supportive of the Syrian government. Luckily, a last minute snafu by John Kerry allowed a de-escalation, which in turn resulted in the appearance of ISIS, whose entire purpose has been, as leaked Pentagon memos have revealed, to topple Assad.

And with collective memories short, and with the "diplomatic" playbook of the US State Department even shorter, the time has come to once again rekindle this particular fabulation.

Overnight the WSJ reported, in what may have been a far more pressing update than anything to do with Greece who ultimate fate has been known since 2010, that "U.S. intelligence agencies believe there is a strong possibility the Assad regime will use chemical weapons on a large scale as part of a last-ditch effort to protect key Syrian government strongholds if Islamist fighters and other rebels try to overrun them, U.S. officials said."
Note: no facts this time, not even planted ones - just beliefs.

The WSJ adds that "analysts and policy makers have been poring over all available intelligence hoping to determine what types of chemical weapons the regime might be able to deploy and what event or events might trigger their use, according to officials briefed on the matter."

But didn't the US supervise Assad's disposition of his chemical weapon stockpile two years ago as part of the military de-escalation? Nevermind, one needs a narrative and when creating fictions, facts are secondary.

Last year, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad let international inspectors oversee the removal of what President Barack Obama called the regime’s most deadly chemical weapons. The deal averted U.S. airstrikes that would have come in retaliation for an Aug. 21, 2013, sarin-gas attack that killed more than 1,400 people.
 
 
Since then, the U.S. officials said, the Assad regime has developed and deployed a new type of chemical bomb filled with chlorine, which Mr. Assad could now decide to use on a larger scale in key areas. U.S. officials also suspect the regime may have squirreled away at least a small reserve of the chemical precursors needed to make nerve agents sarin or VX. Use of those chemicals would raise greater international concerns because they are more deadly than chlorine and were supposed to have been eliminated.
The punchline: "the intelligence is “being taken very seriously because he’s getting desperate” and because of doubts within the U.S. intelligence community that Mr. Assad gave up all of his deadliest chemical weapons, a senior U.S. official said."

It would appear that the only thing desperate thing here is the ongoing attempt to regurgitate a plot which makes no sense. Then again, as we reported earlier this month in "The Noose Around Syria's Assad Tightens", the advent of ISIS has added a new wrinkle to the Assad "war", where as a result of a brutal, US-funded mercenary force which has taken over half of Syria's territory, Assad's days may indeed be numbered.

Which would provide for a useful return of the chemical weapons narrative: the "desperate dictator" is now a loose cannon, and all it takes is another false flag chemical attack to rerun the staged events of 2013, this time hopefully achieve the outcome the US is hoping for - planting a US-friendly regime, and one which would be agreeable to a Qatar pipeline crossing the land.

And then there are all the "positive" Keynesian externalities: after all there is nothing quite like a "limited" war to boost a nation's GDP. In this case, the nation being the US of course, by way of its military-industrial complex, which is to US military spending as the US banking criminal syndicate is to the Fed's monetary policy.

The only question is whether this would be a limited war, and as Syria just revealed it won't be, because yet again Russia has made it very clear that any US military intervention in Syria, no matter how depleted the Syrian army is due to fighting ISIS on the ground every day, will be met with a proportional Russian response.

As Reuters reported, Syria's foreign minister said on a visit to Moscow on Monday that top ally Russia had promised to send political, economic and military aid to his country.

"I got a promise of aid to Syria - politically, economically and militarily," Walid al-Moualem said at a televised news conference in Moscow after meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin.

And so the US gambit for a quick and painless annexation of the only country that stands in the way of European energy independence from Gazprom has failed and if John Kerry's diplomatic apparatus wants to continue its crusade against Assad, it will have to do so against Russian and, shortly thereafter, China which has also made it quite clear any US aggression in the middle east will be met with an appropriate response.

Keep a close eye as this story unfolds because as the Greek (and perhaps Puerto Rican) debt crisis hits a crescendo, the world's largest military force will be sure to not let it "go to waste."

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Egypt’s Leading Prosecutor Assassinated by Muslim Brotherhood

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Smoke rises from burning vehicles at the site of an explosion targeted Egypt’s top prosecutor convoy in Cairo, Egypt, Monday 29 June, 2015 (Photo: Ihab Mourad)
Ahram Online
29 Jun 2015
Egypt’s top prosecutor Hisham Barakat died from injuries sustained in a Cairo bomb attack on Monday, the first successful assassination attempt against a state official since an upswing in violence following the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
Barakat suffered internal bleeding in the lungs and stomach and fractures to the nose and left shoulder, health ministry spokesperson Hossam Abdel-Ghaffar told Ahram Online. He had been taken to the operating room at Al-Nozha hospital in Heliopolis, where he succumbed to his injuries hours after the attack.
Nine people, including two drivers and five members of the security forces, were injured when a bomb hit the prosecutor’s convoy near the military academy in the upscale district of Heliopolis, Abdel-Ghaffar said. The blast damaged the fronts of nine houses and destroyed 31 vehicles, four of which were torched, a security source told state news agency MENA.
Egypt’s state TV has reported that a military funeral will take place for Barakat Tuesday noon in El-Moshir Tantawy Mosque in Cairo’s upper class Fifth Settlement.
“Egypt has lost a great judicial figure who has shown dedication to work and commitment to the ethics of the noble judicial profession,” Egypt’s presidency said in a statement, describing the attack as an “act of terrorism”.
The presidency also announced the cancellation of celebrations commemorating the second anniversary of the 30 June events, in which Morsi was ousted from power.
The US embassy in Cairo issued a short statement condemning the assassination of Barakat, describing it as “heinous terrorist attack”.
President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi met with Interior Minister Magdy Abdel-Ghaffar right after the attack. El-Sisi urged the ministry to tighten security measures and find the perpetrators.
Foreign Affairs Minister Sameh Shoukry mourned the loss of Barakat and renewed calls for the international community to rise up to the level of terrorist threat worldwide in order to eliminate it.
Egypt’s political parties from across the political spectrum, including as the ultra-conservative Salafist Nour Party and left-of-center Constitution Party condemned the attack and mourning the loss of Barakat.
Also on Monday, the Islamic State-affiliated jihadist group Sinai Province, previously known as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis before proclaiming allegiance to IS, released a video that shows their attack on judges in North Sinai’s Al-Arish in May. A title at the bottom of the screen reads “Assassination of five of the tyrant’s judges.”
The IS-affiliated Sinai Province claimed responsibility for a number of large-scale militant attacks across Egypt, including the first assassination attempt against a state official, which former Egypt interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim escaped unscathed in September 2013. The bomb attack on Ibrahim in Cairo left one civilian dead and 21 injured, including six policemen and a child.
Islamist militants, who have primarily targeted security forces since the removal of Morsi over the past two years, have more recently targeted several judges amid the conviction of many Morsi supporters in terror-related cases. In January, a bomb attack targeting judge Khaled Mahgoub, who is representing the general prosecution in Morsi’s jailbreak trial, caused damage to the windows and walls of his house.
In March, a small bomb was left in front of the house of judge Fathi Bayoumi, who investigated the corruption charges against Mubarak-era interior minister Habib El-Adly. The words “a gift for El-Adly’s acquittal” were scribbled on a wall near the attack.
Supporters of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood accuse Egypt’s judiciary of issuing politicised sentences, including against the group’s supreme guide Mohamed Badie and Morsi, who also hails from the Brotherhood. Both are among dozens of the now banned group’s members who have been sentenced to death during the past year.
Sixty-five-year-old Barakat was sworn in as Egypt’s top prosecutor under the rule of interim president Adly Mansour in July 2013 following the resignation of Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud. He was due to keep his position until 2020.
Barakat referred thousands of pro-Muslim Brotherhood supporters and Islamists to court on various charges including “belonging to the Brotherhood” as well as “terror-related acts”. Hundreds were sentenced to life in prison and death as a result.

Egypt presidency mourns prosecutor-general

Egypt’s presidency has mourned General-Prosecutor Hisham Barakat who was killed in a bomb attack on his convoy earlier Monday.
“Egypt has lost a great judicial figure that has shown dedication to work and commitment to the ethics of the noble judicial profession,” the presidency said in a statement, describing the attack as an act of terrorism.
It also announced the cancelation of celebrations commemorating the second anniversary of the 30 June events, in which Islamist president Mohamed Morsi was ousted from power in 2013.
Egypt’s state TV has reported that a military funeral will take place for Barakat Tuesday noon in El-Moshir Tantawy Mosque in upper class Cairo’s Fifth Settlement.
Nine people, including two drivers and five members of the security forces, were also injured when a bomb hit the prosecutor’s convoy near the military academy in Heliopolis.
Barakat’s death marks the first successful assassination attempt against a state official since an upswing in violence following the 2013 ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.
An attack on ex-interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim’s convoy failed in 2013.
Islamist militants, who have primarily targeted security forces since the removal of Morsi, have also attacked several judges.
In May, three judges and their driver were killed when gunmen opened fire on their vehicle in the North Sinai city of Al-Arish.
The 65-year-old prosecutor Barakat was sworn in as Egypt’s top prosecutor under the rule of interim president Adly Mansour in July 2013 following the resignation of Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud.

Egypt appoints new acting top prosecutor

A judicial source said that Zakaria Abd El-Aziz Osman has been appointed as Egypt’s acting prosecutor-general, following the assassination of the country’s top prosecutor Hisham Barakat earlier on Monday, the Ahram Arabic news website has reported.
Abd El-Aziz, who was a judge at the Cairo Court of Appeal, had served as assistant prosecutor-general since April.
He will now assume the duties of the prosecutor-general until the appointment of a new prosecutor-general.

Terrorists release judges’ killing video

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Snapshot from a video by Sinai Province released on Monday 29 June, 2015 capturing the moment militants killed three judges last May
Islamic State-affiliated jihadists Sinai Province, previously known as Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, have released a video showing their attack on a microbus in North Sinai’s Al-Arish, which killed three judges and the driver on 16 May.
The video shows a vehicle following a microbus, then approaching it from its left, after which gunshots are fired at the microbus, shattering its windows and penetrating its door.
A title at the bottom of the screen reads “Assassination of five of the tyrant’s judges.”
Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis pledged allegiance to the Islamic State jihadist group on 30 June 2014, after which it changed its name to Sinai Province.
The Salafist jihadist group has carried out a number of attacks against security forces, inside and outside Sinai, and was designated a terrorist group by Egypt, the UAE, the UK and the United States.
On Monday, an explosion targeting the convoy of Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat left him injured together with five other security members and one civilian. Barakat is being treated at Al-Nozha hospital in Heliopolis.
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