Egypt bloodshed, a tool of providing recruitment for jihadis?
Washington: The Egyptian army's escalating crackdown on supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi is being seized on by many radical Islamists.
Just days after Egypt's military toppled the country's first freely elected government, jihadist groups rushed to assert the futility of elections and Western-style democracy, in statements and in chat forums on jihadi Web sites.
According to the Washington Post, among them is Afghanistan's Taliban, which issued a statement condemning the coup against Morsi after Egyptian troops killed at least 51 of his supporters.
At least two new jihadi groups have been formed in a bid to counter the challenge to the Brotherhood.
Rita Katz, executive director of the SITE Intelligence Group, which has been monitoring these and numerous other responses by jihadi groups to the events in Egypt, said there is no confirmation of the groups' existence or of any increased jihadist activity linked to the turmoil, the report said.
She added that this is a great recruitment tool for them. The bottom line is that a lot of incitement is going on.