Egyptian Islamic Jihad

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Egyptian Islamic Jihad (EIJ) is an Islamic terrorist organization in Egypt.[1] The group was formed in the late 1970s.[2] EIJ's primary motive is a violent overthrow of the Government of Egypt and to establish an Islamic state in Egypt.[2][3] EIJ has its network in Yemen, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Lebanon and the United Kingdom.[3] EIJ has links with the terrorist organization Al-Qaeda and some fractions of the group merged with al-Qaeda in 2001.[2]

The group was responsible for the assassination of the Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in 1981.[4][5] Terrorists from EIJ were linked to two unsuccessful bombings in the Israeli and US embassies in Manila in 1994.[5] The group is suspected to be responsible for bombing at the embassy of Egypt in Islamabad in 1995, in which fifteen people were killed,[5] and for a foiled terrorist attack on the US embassy in Albania in 1998.[4] Many suspected hijackers of the September 11, 2001 attacks had links with EIJ.[4] Mohammed Atta, the prime suspect and the leader of the hijackers, was a member of EIJ.[4]

According to the allegations made by the Government of Egypt, EIJ received financial support from Iran.[3]

References

  1. Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) United States Department of State
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Egyptian Islamic Jihad MIPT Terrorism Knowledge Base
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Egyptian Islamic Jihad Federation of American Scientists
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Egyptian Islamic Jihad BBC
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 In the spotlight: Al-Jihad (Egyptian Islamic Jihad) Center for Defense Information