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Egyptian Terror Group Joins al-Qaeda

Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden's deputy, is putting out the news that Al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, an Egyptian radical Islamist group, is joining al-Qaeda. Aside from some good press (from their point of view), the significance of this is probably minimal. Zawahiri's more significant Egyptian Islamic Jihad joined al-Qaeda in 1998, making him the number two man under bin Laden. This is partially why al-Qaeda has so many Egyptian members. The Muslim Brotherhood has moderated its tactics in recent years because of the ruthless brutality of Egypt's security services in cutting down terrorists (domestic ones, anyway; this is probably Mubarak's sole achievement in 25 years). There simply aren't that many radical Islamists left alive and breathing non-prison air who aren't hibernating inside the Brotherhood. This may give al-Qaeda a bit more logistical ability in Egypt, thus potentially making Sinai bombings more likely, but probably not by much.