Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, right, meets with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in the presidential palace, Cairo Egypt, Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Ahmed Foad, MENA)
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The top Islamic authority in Egypt, revered by many Muslims worldwide, launched an Internet-based campaign Sunday challenging an extremist group in Syria and Iraq by saying it should not be called an "Islamic State".El-Sissi has been a champion of advancing moderate Islam, building his power base in the chaotic region and since he ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi on vows to crush extremist Islam.The mufti's adviser Negm said the Internet and social media campaign will include opinions by Islamic scholars from around the world about the group and its claims to represent Islam. The world's largest bloc of Islamic nations, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, said Saturday that the actions of the group, including Foley's beheading as well as the targeting of minorities, have nothing to do with the values of Islam.The Islamic State group has a sophisticated media and Internet-based campaign that has drawn in foreign fighters, which may explain why Islamic scholars chose to adopt a similar approach.
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