An interview with a Salafi preacher and minor Egyptian celebrity
Today, just after evening prayers in Cairo, I phoned Hesham El Ashry, a Salafi television host and minor celebrity among extreme hardline Islamists. (I profiled El Ashry for The New Republic last fall.) He is a supporter of the Gama'a Islamiyya, the Al Qaeda precursor in Egypt that renounced violence a few years ago, but once made sport of machine-gunning tourists by the dozens in Luxor.
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