A Blog by the Editor of The Middle East Journal

Putting Middle Eastern Events in Cultural and Historical Context

Monday, June 29, 2015

A Strike in the Heart of Cairo

The assassination of Egypt's top prosecutor, Public Prosecutor Hisham Barakat, in Heliopolis today marks the first successful assassination of a senior government official since the crackdown of 2013. Although here have been attacks on police, security forces, and judges, the killing of Barakat marks a new threat to the most senior levels of stat power, and following terror attacks over the weekend in Kuwait and Sousse in Tunisia, is the latest violence in what is emerging s a dangerous Ramadan.

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