|Center of Gravity||Egypt|
|Area of Operation||United States, Afghanistan|
|Goal||To overthrow secular government of Egypt|
|Status||Supported by al-Qaeda|
|Status||Designated Terrorist Organization|
|Alias(es)||Gamaa al Islamiya Masria, Islamic Group, Egyptian Islamic Group, IG1|
|Former leader||Sheikh Omar Abdel Rahman|
|Key members||Refai Taha Musa|
|Narrative and Notes (Reliable)||Some members have also belonged to al-Qaeda. |
Group split over 1997 ceasefire following Luxor massacre, with Egypt-based members renouncing use of violence while members abroad calling for continued warfare.
In 1998, a senior IG member signed Osama bin Laden's fatwah against the United States.
By mid-2000s, Egypt began releasing IG members from prisons with some regularity.
Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman and Refai Taha Musa have called for renewed fighting.2
Sources and Notes
|1U.S. government shorthand.|
|2U.S. State Department. 'Country Reports on Terrorism.' 2005.|
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