‘Brother­hood is aim­ing for chaos’

7 Days in Dubai - - GLOBAL NEWS -

Iraqi forces fought their way into two vil­lages near Mo­sul yes­ter­day as the of­fen­sive to re­take the ex­trem­is­theld city en­tered its sec­ond week. Iraqi spe­cial forces be­gan shelling ISIS po­si­tions be­fore dawn near Bartella, a his­tor­i­cally Chris­tian town to the east of Mo­sul that they had re­taken last week. Hu­man Rights Watch, mean­while, called for an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into last week’s pur­ported airstrike in north­ern Iraq that struck the women’s sec­tion of a Shia mosque in the town of Daquq. The strike hap­pened amid a large ISIS as­sault on the nearby city of Kirkuk that was meant to dis­tract the Iraqi forces and their al­lies from the mas­sive op­er­a­tion around Mo­sul, the coun­try’s sec­ond largest city. Hu­man Rights Watch said Daquq’s res­i­dents be­lieve Fri­day’s at­tack was an airstrike be­cause of the ex­tent of the de­struc­tion and be­cause planes could be heard fly­ing over­head. It said at least 13 peo­ple were re­ported killed. Egypt’s in­te­rior min­is­ter warned in com­ments pub­lished yes­ter­day that the coun­try faced “un­prece­dented chal­lenges” that re­quired a “de­ci­sive” re­sponse by se­cu­rity forces, ac­cus­ing the now-banned Mus­lim Brother­hood of schem­ing to in­cite chaos. The min­is­ter’s com­ments came in an In­te­rior Min­istry state­ment pub­lished in state-owned news­pa­pers. In­te­rior Min­is­ter Magdy Ab­del-Ghaf­far, who is in charge of the po­lice, said the Brother­hood was seek­ing through “con­spir­a­to­rial schemes to in­cite chaos and con­fu­sion with the aim of cre­at­ing scep­ti­cism over the abil­ity of the state and its in­sti­tu­tions to sat­isfy pop­u­lar ex­pec­ta­tions”.

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