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Egypt escalates a crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood

  • Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi protest as army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi protest as army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi pray in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Arabic reads, "No substitute for the legitimacy." After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi pray in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Arabic reads, "No substitute for the legitimacy." After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • A supporter of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi poses with his photo as army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013.  After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    A supporter of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi poses with his photo as army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • A supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi joins in a protest at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition. Arabic reads, " Muslim Brotherhood." (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    A supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi joins in a protest at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition. Arabic reads, " Muslim Brotherhood." (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Supporters of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi protest as army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Supporters of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi protest as army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Supporters of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi protest as army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Supporters of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi protest as army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi protest at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi protest at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

  • This image made from amateur video obtained by the Associated Press and posted on Friday, July 5, 2013, which is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a man being thrown off of a water tower during clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Alexandria, Egypt in an incident that killed two men. The Morsi opponents were killed when they were pushed off a roof by supporters of the ousted president in the second-largest city of Alexandria. Hamada Badr was stabbed and thrown off the roof, his father said. According to amateur video accessed by The Associated Press, a second man was hurled to his death and Morsi supporters were seen beating his lifeless body. The video appeared consistent with AP's reporting from the area. (AP Photo via AP video)

    This image made from amateur video obtained by the Associated Press and posted on Friday, July 5, 2013, which is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a man being thrown off of a water tower during clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Alexandria, Egypt in an incident that killed two men. The Morsi opponents were killed when they were pushed off a roof by supporters of the ousted president in the second-largest city of Alexandria. Hamada Badr was stabbed and thrown off the roof, his father said. According to amateur video accessed by The Associated Press, a second man was hurled to his death and Morsi supporters were seen beating his lifeless body. The video appeared consistent with AP's reporting from the area. (AP Photo via AP video)

  • Egyptians break their fast during the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After a week of violence and mass demonstrations, Egyptians were hoping that Wednesday's start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will significantly calm the streets. The sunrise-to-sunset fast cuts down on daytime activity, although there are fears of unrest at night.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    Egyptians break their fast during the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After a week of violence and mass demonstrations, Egyptians were hoping that Wednesday's start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will significantly calm the streets. The sunrise-to-sunset fast cuts down on daytime activity, although there are fears of unrest at night.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

  • Egyptians break their fast during the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After a week of violence and mass demonstrations, Egyptians were hoping that Wednesday's start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will significantly calm the streets. The sunrise-to-sunset fast cuts down on daytime activity, although there are fears of unrest at night.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    Egyptians break their fast during the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After a week of violence and mass demonstrations, Egyptians were hoping that Wednesday's start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will significantly calm the streets. The sunrise-to-sunset fast cuts down on daytime activity, although there are fears of unrest at night.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

  • Egyptians break their fast the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Egyptians break their fast during the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After a week of violence and mass demonstrations, Egyptians were hoping that Wednesday's start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will significantly calm the streets. The sunrise-to-sunset fast cuts down on daytime activity, although there are fears of unrest at night.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    Egyptians break their fast the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Egyptians break their fast during the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After a week of violence and mass demonstrations, Egyptians were hoping that Wednesday's start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will significantly calm the streets. The sunrise-to-sunset fast cuts down on daytime activity, although there are fears of unrest at night.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

  • Egyptians break their fast on the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Egyptians break their fast during the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After a week of violence and mass demonstrations, Egyptians were hoping that Wednesday's start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will significantly calm the streets. The sunrise-to-sunset fast cuts down on daytime activity, although there are fears of unrest at night.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    Egyptians break their fast on the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Egyptians break their fast during the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After a week of violence and mass demonstrations, Egyptians were hoping that Wednesday's start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will significantly calm the streets. The sunrise-to-sunset fast cuts down on daytime activity, although there are fears of unrest at night.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

  • Egyptians break their fast during the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After a week of violence and mass demonstrations, Egyptians were hoping that Wednesday's start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will significantly calm the streets. The sunrise-to-sunset fast cuts down on daytime activity, although there are fears of unrest at night.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

    Egyptians break their fast during the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After a week of violence and mass demonstrations, Egyptians were hoping that Wednesday's start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will significantly calm the streets. The sunrise-to-sunset fast cuts down on daytime activity, although there are fears of unrest at night.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

  • Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi protest as army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
  • Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi pray in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, July 9, 2013. Arabic reads, "No substitute for the legitimacy." After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
  • A supporter of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi poses with his photo as army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013.  After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition(AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
  • A supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi joins in a protest at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition. Arabic reads, " Muslim Brotherhood." (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
  • Supporters of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi protest as army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
  • Supporters of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi protest as army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
  • Supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi protest at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After days of deadlock, Egypt's military-backed interim president named a veteran economist as prime minister on Tuesday and appointed pro-democracy leader Mohamed ElBaradei as a vice president, while the army showed its strong hand in shepherding the process, warning political factions against “maneuvering” that impedes the transition. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
  • This image made from amateur video obtained by the Associated Press and posted on Friday, July 5, 2013, which is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a man being thrown off of a water tower during clashes between supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohammed Morsi in Alexandria, Egypt in an incident that killed two men. The Morsi opponents were killed when they were pushed off a roof by supporters of the ousted president in the second-largest city of Alexandria. Hamada Badr was stabbed and thrown off the roof, his father said. According to amateur video accessed by The Associated Press, a second man was hurled to his death and Morsi supporters were seen beating his lifeless body. The video appeared consistent with AP's reporting from the area. (AP Photo via AP video)
  • Egyptians break their fast during the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After a week of violence and mass demonstrations, Egyptians were hoping that Wednesday's start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will significantly calm the streets. The sunrise-to-sunset fast cuts down on daytime activity, although there are fears of unrest at night.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
  • Egyptians break their fast during the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After a week of violence and mass demonstrations, Egyptians were hoping that Wednesday's start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will significantly calm the streets. The sunrise-to-sunset fast cuts down on daytime activity, although there are fears of unrest at night.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
  • Egyptians break their fast the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Egyptians break their fast during the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After a week of violence and mass demonstrations, Egyptians were hoping that Wednesday's start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will significantly calm the streets. The sunrise-to-sunset fast cuts down on daytime activity, although there are fears of unrest at night.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
  • Egyptians break their fast on the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. Egyptians break their fast during the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After a week of violence and mass demonstrations, Egyptians were hoping that Wednesday's start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will significantly calm the streets. The sunrise-to-sunset fast cuts down on daytime activity, although there are fears of unrest at night.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)
  • Egyptians break their fast during the first day of Ramadan outside Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, July 10, 2013. After a week of violence and mass demonstrations, Egyptians were hoping that Wednesday's start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will significantly calm the streets. The sunrise-to-sunset fast cuts down on daytime activity, although there are fears of unrest at night.(AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

Egypt’s military-backed government tightened a crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood yesterday, ordering the arrest of its revered leader in a bid to choke off the group’s campaign to reinstate President Mohammed Morsi one week after an army-led coup.

The Brotherhood denounced the warrants for the arrests of Mohammed Badie and nine other leading Islamists for inciting violence Monday that left dozens dead, saying “dictatorship is back” and vowing it will never work with the interim rulers.

Leaders of the Brotherhood are believed to be taking refuge somewhere near a continuing sit-in by its supporters at the Rabaah al-Adawiya Mosque in eastern Cairo, but it is not clear whether Badie also is there.

The Brotherhood is outraged by the overthrow of Morsi, one of its own, and demands nothing less than his release from detention and his reinstatement as president.

Security agencies have already jailed five leaders of the Brotherhood, including Badie’s powerful deputy, Khairat el-Shaiter, and shut down its media outlets.

The prosecutor general’s office said Badie, another deputy, Mahmoud Ezzat, senior member Mohammed El-Beltagy and popular preacher Safwat Hegazy are suspected of instigating the clashes that killed 54 people with security forces outside a Republican Guard building near the mosque – most of them Morsi supporters – in the worst bloodshed since he was ousted.

The Islamists have accused the troops of gunning down protesters, while the military blamed armed backers of Morsi for attempting to storm a military building.

The warrants highlight the armed forces’ zero-tolerance policy toward the Brotherhood, which was banned under authoritarian leader Hosni Mubarak.

“This just signals that dictatorship is back,” said Brotherhood spokesman Ahmed Aref. “We are returning to what is worse than Mubarak’s regime, which wouldn’t dare to issue an arrest warrant of the general leader of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The Brotherhood’s refusal to work with the new interim leaders underscored the difficulties faced in trying to stabilize Egypt and bridge the deep fissures that have opened in the country during Morsi’s year in office.

Morsi has not been seen since the July 3 coup, but Foreign Ministry spokesman Badr Abdel-Atti gave the first official word on him in days, saying he is in a safe place and is being treated in a “very dignified manner.” No charges have been leveled against him, Abdel-Atti said.

“For his own safety and for the safety of the country, it is better to keep him.” he said.

"A fascinating new poll is out today that shows Barack Obama´s foreign policy approval rating has plummeted .....52 percent disapprove, compared with 40 that approve.......it comes after one of the busiest periods in Mr Obama´s presidency for foreign policy."

I guess the Egyptians did not listen to Obama when he did his world wide apology tour

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