US designates 'Daesh-Egypt' as terrorist group

Ahram Online , Wednesday 28 Feb 2018

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks during his meeting with Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign and Trade Minister Simon Coveney, at the U.S. State Department in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 AP

The US Department of State designated on Wednesday "Daesh-Egypt" as a terrorist group as part of new designations of Daesh groups and individuals in several countries, saying it will continue to target Daesh and "deny it access to the US financial system." 

The designation also included 40 Daesh leaders and groups in Tunisia, Somalia, Nigeria, Bangladesh and the Philippines. 

"These designations are part of a larger comprehensive plan to defeat [Daesh] in coordination with the 75-member global coalition to defeat the group," a statement said. 

The Daesh-Egypt group has claimed responsibility for terrorist attacks in Egypt's Wahat region, the Nile Delta and Upper Egypt.

Daesh-Egypt most recently claimed an attack by a gunman on a Coptic church in Helwan, south of Cairo, which killed nine people in December. 

In April 2014, the US designated the North Sinai-based Daesh affiliate

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis as a terrorist organisation.

In January, the US State Department placed on its terror list two other Egyptian terrorist groups, Hasm and Lewaa Al-Thawra, which Egyptian authorities have linked to the Muslim Brotherhood organisation.

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