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Vol 42 No 20

Published 12th October 2001


Egypt

Islamism begins at home

Egypt's war against terrorism is not quite the same as America's

Egypt has officially given its blessing to the United States' air campaign against Afghanistan, though it waited till the last minute to do so. President Hosni Mubarak was on a much publicised visit to the opera when President George W. Bush announced that strikes had commenced on 7 October, suggesting that he had not been consulted in advance - or that he wished to give that impression. It seems Egypt doesn't want anything to do with the US military operation.

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