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Results of Criminal Organizations Database Search: Jihad Group
Jihad Group #CR0001804
(Also... Some alternate names are aliases, other are names for specific subgroups or
New Iihad Group
Vanguards of Conquest
Tala'i' al Fath
Source: CIA, EuroTer, Interpol
Type: Political terrorist organization
A religious organization that carries out frequent terrorist attacks against high ranking
Egyptian political targets.
Known connections with Worldwide Islamic Jihad [#CR0001716], and al-Gama'at al-
Islamiyya [#CR0002113]. [EuroTer] Believed to be receiving training and support from
the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-Special Command [#CR0001639].
Not known, but probably several thousand hardcore members and another several
thousand sympathizers among the various factions.
Scattered cells numbering between five and eight members each. The cells follow a
religious hierarchy. [Interpol]
The original Jihad was led by Abbud al-Zumar [#LL3478126], currently imprisoned in
Egypt, and a new faction calling itself Vanguards of Conquest (Talaa'al al-Fateh [Tala'i'
al Fath] or the New Jihad Group), appears to be led by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri
[#LL5971833], who is currently outside Egypt. They also regard Shaykh Omar Abdel
Rahman [Sheikh Umar Abd-al Rahman] [#LL5648317] as their spiritual leader.
Known to filter money from a variety of legitimate relief organizations, as well as a
number of unknown criminal ventures.
Smallarms, explosives and military equipment. Excellent support and intelligence
resources. The Egyptian Government claims that Iran, Sudan, and militant Islamic
groups in Afghanistan support the Jihad factions.
Suspected Criminal Activity:
The Jihad groups specialize in armed attacks against high-level Egyptian Government
officials. The original iihad was responsible for the 1981 assassination of President
Sadat. More recently, the newer jihad group led by Zawahiri claimed responsibility for
the 18 August 1993 bomb attack in Cairo, which wounded Egyptian Interior Minister
Hassan al-Alfi and killed five others, and the 25 November 1993 car-bomb attack in
Cairo on Prime Minister Sidqi; although Sidqi was unhurt, a teenage girl was killed and
18 others were injured. Unlike the al-Gama'at al-Islamiyya [#CR0002113], which
mainly targets mid-and lower-level security personnel, Coptic Christians, and Western
tourists, the Jihad group appears to concentrate primarily on high-level, high-profile
Egyptian Government officials, including Cabinet Ministers. It also seems more
technically sophisticated in its attacks than the al-Gama'at al- Islamiyya, notably in its
use of car bombs.
An Egyptian Islamic extremist group active since the late 1970s; appears to be divided
into at least two separate factions: remnants of the original Jihad led by Abbud
al-Zumar, currently imprisoned in Egypt, and a new faction calling itself Vanguards of
Conquest (Talaa'al al-Fateh [Tala'i' al Fath] or the New Jihad Group). The Vanguards of
Conquest appears to be led by Dr. Ayman al-Zawahiri, who is currently outside Egypt,
specific whereabouts unknown. In addition to the Islamic Group, the Jihad factions
regard Shaykh Omar Abdel Rahman [Sheikh Umar Abd-al Rahman] as their spiritual
leader. The goal of all Jihad factions is to overthrow the government of President Hosni
Mubarak and replace it with an Islamic state.
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