What this article fails to acknowledge is that the Muslim Brotherhood IS Al-Qaeda. Knowing that makes this story a lot less confusing.
By BEN HUBBARD
Published: May 11, 2013
CAIRO — Egyptian security forces have arrested three militants with ties to Al Qaeda who were planning terrorist attacks in Egyptian cities and against a foreign embassy, the interior minister said Saturday.
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A Western official said the Egyptians had privately identified the embassy as the United States Embassy in Cairo.
Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim said at a news conference that the suspects had been arrested with 22 pounds of explosive materials and instructions on how to make bombs and build rockets and model airplanes to use in the attacks.
He said the suspects were “on the verge” of attacking an embassy when they were arrested.
He did not identify the embassy, but Egyptian officials have told their American counterparts that the United States Embassy was a target, a Western diplomat said.
The State Department would not comment on the Egyptian allegations. “We don’t discuss the specifics of our operations nor the exchanges we have with foreign officials,” said Jennifer R. Psaki, a department spokeswoman.
Mr. Ibrahim denied that Al Qaeda was active in Egypt, but said the three men had communicated online with a Qaeda figure in Pakistan and that one of them had traveled to Iran and Pakistan to receive military training.