Despite Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi having been described as a devout Muslim, he’s made it clear he has very little love for the Islamic jihadist terrorist organization that now goes by the nom du terrorisme of the Islamic State (IS). The North African leader’s disdain for the hard core shari’a fundamentalists is to such a degree, he’s called for a pan-Arab military organization to counter the terrorists growing threat.
As reported by CNN via KSPR (of Springfield, Missouri) on Feb. 23, 2015, and also by the Jerusalem Post on Feb. 24, 2015, President al-Sisi took to the airwaves as he said in a televised speech to the nation, “The need for a unified Arab force is growing and becoming more pressing every day.” Without giving specifics of his call for the Arab World to unite to his banner, al-Sisi reportedly told his nation that Jordan and the United Arab Emirates have already come on-board in a military union.
While the issue of ground troops has yet to be made public, those in military circles have made clear that air power alone will never defeat the threat posed by Islamo-terrorists. CNN military analyst and retired Army Maj. Gen. James “Spider” Marks stated “it’s about time” an Arab leader the likes of President al-Sisi finally went public in calling on the Muslim World to destroy ISIS, “Strategically and politically for the region, this is a big deal, and it’s absolutely the right first step.”
As noted by Foreign Affairs magazine on Sept. 15, 2014, when Barack Obama ordered the U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq in late 2011, ISIS had as few as 800 members in the embattled nation. Since Obama’s about face in Iraq, ISIS has taken control of huge tracts of land in Iraq, Syria and Libya. Meanwhile, the total strength has been estimated by the Russians at 70,000, while the Kurds approximate their total under arms at 200,000. Various reports have also bubbled to the surface stating that the terrorist network has operatives as far away as the Philippines and Sweden, to as close as Yemen and Lebanon.
In what may be a thinly veiled message to the ISIS terror network that they aren’t easily cowed, the Coptic Orthodox Church of Alexandria has declared the 21 murdered Christians to officially be added to the Church calender as both saints and martyrs. Deemed “The 21 Coptic New Martyrs of Libya,” the Coptic Pope and Patriarch of Alexandria and Apostolic See of St. Mark very well may may have signaled to the Cairo government that the 60 million Copts world-wide are solidly behind President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s fight against Islamic Jihadism.
In what many Western and Middle Eastern Christians have been asking for years, especially since the rise of al-Qaeda and ISIS, a leader of a predominantly Muslim nation has militarily hammered the Islamic Jihadists specifically to avenge the murder of Christians. As reported by CNN and also by The New York Times, both on Feb. 16, 2015, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has authorized at least two different waves of Egyptian fighter-bomber aircraft to attack ISIS troop concentrations and facilities to avenge the tortuous execution of Christians of Egyptian citizenship.
With quite the history of issuing his share of über-fundamentalist Islamic fatwas (religious rulings), Egypt’s Sheikh Yasser Burhami’s latest edict may have landed him in more hot water than he’s prepared to deal with. As reported on 25 April, 2014 by the Royal House of Saud-owned Al Arabiya news portal (of the United Arab Emirates), and also by the Nigerian-based Naij news service, the Islamic cleric is also the Vice President of the influential and notoriously hard-core Al-Da’wa Al-Salafiya (ultra-orthodox Salafist) Movement.
“Standard Sharia Law punishment for adultery for a woman is slowly stoning her to death…”
India Today published on Nov. 28, 2013 that a listing has recently been compiled in Egypt of some of the more puritanical Islamic Fatwa’s issued during the presidency of now deposed leader Mohamed Morsi.
During Morsi’s brief stint as president, the Muslim Brotherhood and the equally violently straight laced Salafists issued blatantly anti-women fatwas on a regular basis.
Arguably leading the list was the Fatwa (Islamic religious ruling) issued that noted the Arab word for “sea” is masculine, therefore, if and when sea water comes into contact with a married woman’s pelvic area, she literally committed adultery.