Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiyya Information:


NUMBER of MEMBERS: Unknown; in the past, several thousand hard core

LOCATION: Cairo, Sudan, Yemen, Afghanistan, Austria, Britain

TARGETS: Egyptian officials and Coptic Christians

DESCRIPTION: This is Egypt's largest militant group, started in the 1970s. It seeks to overthrow Egypt's government, but has not conducted an attack inside Egypt since 1998. The group has sided with Osama bin Laden on occasion in the past, including signing his 1998 fatwa calling for attacks on U.S. civilians

MAJOR ATTACKS: Attacked Luxor, Egypt, in November 1997, killing 58 foreign tourists; claimed responsibility for the attempt in June 1995 to assassinate Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; other attacks on tourists in Egypt since 1993