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Tracking the Hasam Movement, Egypt's Ambitious New Militant Group

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Oct 6, 2016 | 08:01 GMT
The Hasam Movement claimed responsibility for the Sept. 19 assassination attempt against Egypt's assistant attorney general on its website.
The Hasam Movement claimed responsibility for the Sept. 19 assassination attempt against Egypt's assistant attorney general on its website.
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Until recently, the Hasam Movement's operations closely mirrored those of the now-defunct Ajnad Misr, which launched a spate of shooting attacks and simple bombings in Giza and Cairo in 2014-15. Like Ajnad Misr, the group had largely focused its efforts on targeting the police. But that changed on Sept. 29. By aiming to assassinate Egypt's assistant attorney general, however flawed the actual attempt was, Hasam revealed its bigger aspirations: to attack more valuable targets using more sophisticated methods....

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