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Egypt arrests 3 for spreading ISIS ideology via Facebook

Egyptian police has arrested three persons for violating a new anti-terrorism law by spreading Islamic State propaganda through Facebook.

The police directorate in the southern Sohag province on Sunday said the three had two laptops containing ISIS videos.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi approved a draconian law last week that sets a wide-ranging definition of terrorism and prescribes harsh punishments
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El-Sisi has waged a crackdown on Islamists and other opponents since 2013, when he led the military overthrow of the Islamist Mohammed Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president, during mass protests against his rule.

Following Morsi’s ouster, a long-running insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula surged, with attacks targeting security forces there and on the mainland. The most powerful insurgent group pledged allegiance to the Islamic State group last year.

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