General Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi warned Pro-Morsy protesters to halt their protests or “they will use force” in cracking down Egyptian dissenters stirring up protests in several areas of the country. The general also called for counter-protests against the pro-Morsy protesters and said he did not betray the ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsy.
Al-Sisi’s request for pro-military protests was to see “honest and trustworthy” Egyptians to come out and show the real solution to the problem. He asks for the public’s mandate to confront violence and potential terrorism. Several radical groups have entered Egypt and lynch mobs had destroyed a Coptic Christian Church.
Despite the warning, several thousands of pro-Morsy protesters gathered in Nasr City. On Thursday, they demanded that Morsy be returned as president of the true democratic government of Egypt.
The current Interim Government headed by President Adly Mansour also called the people to support the “revolutionary legitimacy” of the new government.
Morsy’s Political group the Muslim Brotherhood said that many people and supporters of the true democratic government see the military’s ousting of Morsy as a coup.
Currently, the Egyptian army is on the alert and troops are deployed in many different streets and provinces to secure residents from the continuing violence and protests.
The young Malala Yousafzai in Pakistan, who was shot point blank by the Taliban going home from school, received a letter from a Pakistani Taliban chief. The letter did not provide an apology but instead an explanation of why she was attacked by the Taliban.
Malala, who is still recovering in Britain nine months after she was attacked by masked gunmen with her friends in Mingora, became a symbol for many women who upheld the right of females to receive education. She was even written a letter by Hollywood heavyweight Angelina Jolie.
The letter from the Taliban chief reached four pages. The chief, named Adnan Rasheed said that he warned her not to criticise the Taliban because he had someone from the Yousafzai tribe in the Taliban. He expressed shock at Malala’s incident and wished it did not happen.
Rasheed explained that the Taliban did not shoot Malala because she was campaigning for women’s education in Pakistan. The Taliban believed that Malala intentionally wrote against them and she was running a campaign to hamper the efforts of the Taliban to spread Islam in Swat valley, her hometown. The Taliban claimed her writings were provocative.
He also explained the Taliban did not oppose education for women or for everyone else, but the Taliban only wanted an educational system that did not oppress Pakistanis and left no room for Islam.
Syrian forces make a breakthrough and a good follow through in recapturing Homs, the country’s third largest city, which was held by rebel forces for a year. The nine-day siege had the city attacked by regime airstrikes and artillery fire. Ground units began to advance slowly and rebel defences fell sharply to the assault.
Homes was one of the first cities Syrian rebels took over from the regime. It is crucial because it is a crucial road to Damascus. The coasts that are home to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s Shiite supporters will be open once Homs is finally recaptured.
Syrian regime militaries recaptured Qusayr in a bloody battle, which had many casualties on both sides before the regime finally controlled the city as the rebels retreated. The military gained great superiority as Hezbollah fighters who supported the regime joined the fray.
However, the Hezbollah fighters did not see action in Homs. According to an anonymous Hezbollah Commander, they did not fight in Homs because the Syrian government did not need Hezbollah fighters in the campaign. He said that Qusayr was also along the Lebanese border and has many Shiite villages nearby. Hezbollah fighters do not fight in huge numbers, he said.
According to an anonymous Lebanese military intelligence official, Syria’s plan was to cut off the rebels inside Lebanon from transportation routes going to Damascus and the coast. Once Homs is cleared, they will concentrate on attacking Damascus and Aleppo after the Holy Month of Ramadan.