Sisi’s crackdown on Islamists yet to win over Egyptian village

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By Michael Georgy

KERDASA, Egypt – Egyptian police often raid homes in this rundown village just outside Cairo, residents say — part of a broad crackdown Islamists has included the imprisonment of ousted president Mohamed Mursi.

But a look around Kerdasa plenty of reminders arrests and intimidation have never succeeded in silencing enemies of the state.

Idle teenagers who can be easy recruits for . Women covered head toe in black. Profanities scribbled a burned-out police station insulting President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and calling for Mursi’s return.

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The area is an example of the challenges facing Sisi as he confronts what he calls the existential militancy the Middle East and the West.

operations in Kerdasa intensified after its police station was attacked with rocket-propelled grenades in August 2013, 12 officers, hours after hundreds of Mursi died as police stormed protest camps in Cairo.

The state hit back as it has for decades in Egypt, a strategic U.S. ally where notorious militants such as al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri began their path jihad.

A sentenced 185 Brotherhood to death the violence.

Mursi, Egypt’s first freely elected president, who was toppled by then army chief Sisi in 2013 following mass protests against his year-long rule, was jailed for 20 years Tuesday related to the of protesters.