Egypt Egyptian security forces arrested the head of the Muslim Brotherhood's political bureau and at least 15 other Brotherhood officials Friday, leaders of the group said. The arrests were part of a continuing government crackdown on the Brotherhood, Egypt's largest opposition organization.
Essam al-Erian, who helps direct Brotherhood political activities in Egypt, was taken into custody at a meeting of Cairo-area officials of the group, said Abdel Monem Abo el-Fetouh, a member of the Brotherhood's top-level guidance office. Mahmoud Hussein, another member of the guidance office, also was arrested, as were the group's Cairo-area officials, Abo el-Fetouh said.
Egypt's 79-year-old Muslim Brotherhood says it advocates an Islamically guided civil government for the country.