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>>>Al-Shamari said that there was also contact with the Egyptian "Gamaat al-Jihad," which is now seen as the core of al Qaeda's leadership<<<
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>>>Egypt has released 950 jailed members of the militant Islamist group Gamaa Islamiya. Some of them have been in prison since the assassination of President Anwar Sadat 25 years ago.<<<
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Tension between Egypt and Sudan increased in mid-1995 after Egypts President, Hosni Mubarak, accused Sudans military junta of complicity in the attempt on his life in Ethiopia. Following the accusation, clashes between Sudanese and Egyptian troops took place in the disputed Red Sea border region of Halaib.
In late 1999, it was estimated that Egypt had nearly one million men under arms, roughly evenly split between the armed forces and the internal security establishment. The government has been locked in a low-intensity, counter-insurgency campaign against extremist Islamic fundamentalists of the Gamaa Islamia, or Islamic Association, which seeks to topple the secular administration and establish an Islamic state.
Over the past two years the internal security situation has been improving. Fatalities due to terrorist violence in 1998 totalled 47. No attacks on tourists were recorded and no foreigners were killed. This is the lowest number of fatalities since monitoring began in 1992.
Extremist Islamists including Gamaat Islamiya and Al-Jihad have been responsible for the intensification of violence since 1992, aimed at the overthrow of the regime. A new and more targeted security policy in the aftermath of the 1997 Luxor massacre has resulted in a notable termination of violent incidents. Gamaat Islamiya announced a ceasefire in 1999, and Al-Jihad followed suit in 2000. Both now appear to have chosen to emulate the Muslim Brotherhood by supporting the formation of the Islamist Reform party and Sharia Party respectively.
==spring > [X] There is widespread agitation in Egypt for the complete adoption of Islamic law. About this time, Al Jihad, Al Gamaat (also known as Gamaa Islamiya), and other extreme Islamist groups are beginning to revive.