Egypt's president said Saturday the situation in the restive Sinai Peninsula, where dozens of soldiers, jihadists and civilians have been killed this week in yet more violence, is "totally stable". Former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was speaking during an unannounced visit to the Sinai, dressed once more in military fatigues, to rally troops following a wave of attacks there by Islamic State group jihadists. The army, police and even officials have regularly come under fire, not only in the Sinai but also in Cairo since then army chief Sisi ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi two years ago.
Two coalitions of Syrian rebels battled to advance in government-held western Aleppo on Saturday, seizing an army barracks in one district but being pushed back in others. The Islamic State group, meanwhile, released a video showing teenage members executing 25 Syrian soldiers in an amphitheatre in the ancient ruins of Palmyra. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported heavy clashes in several parts of western Aleppo.
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia's president declared a state of emergency on Saturday in response to a second deadly attack on foreigners in three months, saying the country is "not safe" and risks collapse from further extremist attacks.