Trouble on The Nile

Hosni Mubarak blames Iran for the wave of violence sweeping his country

PEOPLE WALK THE STREETS OF Cairo these days peering over their shoulders. Tourists wonder if a bomb might be hidden in this bus or that corner cafe. Egyptians never know when they might be caught in a gun battle between radical Muslims and the police. "I don't worry about myself," says a native Cairene, "but I do worry about what could happen to my family." The peace of the capital is threatened by Islamic rebels seeking to ignite a civil war.

In the grimy streets of Cairo's Imbaba neighborhood, Islamic fundamentalists have taken charge, running protection rackets and intimidating the police....

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