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by Mahmoud Fouly, Emad al-Azrak


CAIRO, May 5 (Xinhua) -- The Egyptian military has the upper hand in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula and attempts to end the Sinai-based militants affiliated with the Islamic State (IS) group, said Egyptian security experts.


The anti-government militants in Sinai have brought the IS shadow to Egypt after the Sinai-based, al-Qaida-inspired Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) group changed its name to "Sinai State" in late 2014 and declared loyalty to the militant group and its chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.


Over the past few years, the Egyptian army has been carrying out a massive anti-terror campaign in restive North Sinai province, particularly in the cities of Arish, Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah, where most of the militant hideouts exist.


The declining anti-government terror operations in Sinai shows that the Egyptian military's crackdown on the region's militants and its methods of besieging them and raiding their dens started to bear fruits.


"The Egyptian intelligence and security apparatuses managed to a great extent to launch fierce and crushing strikes against terrorist organizations in Sinai," said Talaat Musallam, a strategic and security expert and former armed forces general.


The expert stressed that the progress proves the ability of the intelligence to penetrate and monitor the terror groups, their activities and sources of finance.


"The army is getting close to a full control of the Sinai State militant group after managing to cut off its ties and resource, attempting to liquidate its members to put an end to the group," Musallam told Xinhua.


Self-proclaimed "Islamist" extremist groups grew in Egypt following the military removal of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July 2013 in response to mass protests against his one-year rule.


The later security crackdown on Morsi's supporters, mostly from the now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, left over 1,000 killed and thousands more arrested.


Since then, terror activities have killed hundreds of police and military men nationwide, particularly in North Sinai, mostly claimed by the IS-affiliated militants.


Meanwhile, the security campaigns in the peninsula, part of the country's "war against terrorism," killed over 1,000 militants and arrested a similar number of suspects.


The Egyptian security authorities imposed a renewable curfew and a state of emergency in North Sinai since October 2014 and evacuated over 1,000 houses to create a buffer zone at borders with the Palestinian Gaza Strip, whose ruling movement Hamas is believed to have provided training, arms and shelter for Sinai anti-government militants.


"Egypt's success in demolishing the smuggling network of tunnels between Sinai and Gaza rid the Sinai State militant group of the ability to maneuver, hide and counterattack through the tunnels," the ex-military general told Xinhua.


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Trading volume at the national southern Ho Chi Minh Stock Exchange (HoSE) reached the average level of nearly 20 recent trading sessions in only a morning session on Friday.


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The VN-Index of HoSE went down 0.43 points or 0.08 percent to close at 507.79 points on Friday.


During the week, VN-Index gained 7.17 point or 1.43 percent against last Friday's closing session. The index experienced two ups and three downs, posting the highest level of 508.22 points on Thursday and the lowest level of 497.73 points on Tuesday. Last week VN-Index ranged from 493.66 points to 500.62 points.


A total of 60.576 million shares worth 978.383 billion VND (46. 36 million U.S. dollars) changed hands at the HoSE on Friday, a decrease of 4.8 percent in volume and 16.15 percent in value against Thursday.


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NEW YORK, Feb. 19 (Xinhua) -- U.S. stocks closed mixed Friday after wavering in a tight range, as investors digested the country's consumer price data amid a plunge in oil prices.


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The West Texas Intermediate for March delivery moved down 1.13 U.S. dollars to settle at 29.64 dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for April delivery decreased 1.27 dollars to close at 33.01 dollars a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange.


Oil prices witnessed wild swings recently amid talks of a coordinated plan by producers to freeze output levels.


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