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Egyptian Islamic authority downplays IS threat to destroy pyramids

The militant group threatened to destroy the Giza pyramids in a video that appears to show militants blowing up an ancient temple in Iraq

Ahram Online , Friday 10 Jun 2016
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Still image from an undated video released by IS in which the militant group threatened to destroy the Great Pyramids of Giza
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Dar Al-Ifta, the Egyptian state body that issues Islamic edicts, has shrugged off recent threats by the Islamic State militant group to destroy the Giza pyramids, saying the remarks are "unrealistic."

The IS group made the threat in a video it released purporting to show fighters blowing up a 2,500-year-old temple in Iraq. The final scene in the ten-minute video shows one of the pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx while a militant pledges to blow up "ancient sites built by the infidels".

Earlier in the video, a fanatic vowed to demolish the temple of Nabu in the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud in northern Iraq before a massive explosion is seen tearing the building apart.

A sub-body of Dar Al-Ifta that monitors jihadist and extremist edicts said Friday that the threats by the extermists are "unrealistic" given that the militant group only managed to raze monumnets and historic sites in cities which it seized.

"This is unlikely in Egypt in light of a strong state and deterrent institutions," the Islamic authority said in a statement.

It added that such warnings are aimed to "hit tourism" amid what it said is a series of successful security blows that led to a "decline in terrorist attacks" in Egypt.

It said that the threats mirror the success of the country's security forces to "prevent the group from targeting vital sites or carry out attacks against tourism" in Egypt, forcing its fighters to resort to warnings.

Earlier this year, a global outcry was sparked by pictures of ancient monuments in the Syrian city of Palmyra that had been destroyed by IS extremists after the group took control of the city in May 2015.

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Al
11-06-2016 02:40pm
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Tourism, Terrorism, and Incompetent governments
Arguably the highest profile and most deadly terrorist attack in recent memory was 911. The US government reaction to it DOMESTICALLY was a model of how competent governments deal with a crises WITHOUT shooting themselves, or the their economies, in the foot. The US economy continued to grow, more visitors lined up at American embassies around the world to obtain US visas. Here at home, the incompetent government’s panic, over-reaction, and targeting the wrong people (namely journalists, activists, youth, and intellects) has not only reduced terrorists threats, it hasn’t, but also it threw the baby with the bath water and crippled our tourism and economy. Heck of a job Sisi!
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Allen
10-06-2016 03:53pm
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Notice one key factor.
It downplays, shrugs off.. But does not condemn. Should we say typical? In view of these obvious terrorist elements that actively have been desperately trying to destroy the tourism industry. We actually have a misguided element who continues to preach that tourism is down because of Egypt president. Interesting twist of facts and reality isn't it?
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Rob
11-06-2016 09:48am
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Typical
It is very typical in Egypt to blame someone else, whether ISIS, terrorism, hidden agendas, life on Mars, etc. Ultimately, it is Egyptians themselves who are to blame. Starting from those who rip off tourists in their shops, hotels, diveclubs, etc. Once I was in a tech shop, and the employee stated there was no corruption in Egypt, before the British. It is always someone else's fault, this is why Egypt(ians) never grow.
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Rob
10-06-2016 03:16pm
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it's only a matter of time
Erosion will take 60000 years to make sand of those blocks. Just wait.
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