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Steve Negus

Salafis in Tahrir

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A few notes on yesterday's demonstration in Tahrir, generally viewed as an Islamist show of force. First, the numbers. Based on visual cues (beards, galabiyas), signs and slogans I'm guessing at least ninety percent of those in Tahrir were affiliated with the Islamists, and at least half of those were Salafi. I am guessing also that this was one of the half dozen largest Tahrir "million" rallies since January. The square wasn't elbow-to-elbow all the way through, ...

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Steve Negus


Steve Negus is a journalist and commentator specializing in Egypt and Iraq. He was Iraq correspondent for the Financial Times between 2004 and 2008, and worked for the Institute of War & Peace Reporting in 2003 and 2004. He lived and worked in Egypt between 1993 and 2003, where he was editor of the Cairo Times, among other jobs. He held a fellowship at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in 2008 and 2009, and is currently working on a book on the evolution of Iraq's Sunni insurgency.