World Notes: Dec. 15, 1986

EGYPT Unraveling an Unholy Alliance

Ever since Muslim fundamentalists assassinated President Anwar Sadat in 1981, Egyptian authorities have been jittery about a resurgence of Islamic extremism. Last week their vigilance paid off. Four junior army officers and 29 civilians were indicted on charges that they planned to overthrow President Hosni Mubarak in a "holy war." The government said some of the plotters, who were arrested last April, were allegedly linked to the fundamentalist group responsible for killing Sadat.

The court action was the first official acknowledgment since Sadat's death that fundamentalists had infiltrated the army. The case now goes before an...

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