Mideast Egypt Battle For Alexandria

December 18, 2012 - 4:33 PM
FILE - In this Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 file photo, opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi hold pamphlets urging a "no vote" on a constitutional referendum as cars burn during clashes between supporters and opponents of President Mohammed Morsi in Alexandria, Egypt. This Mediterranean city with a cosmopolitan heritage, now an Islamist stronghold, is often seen as a predictor of Egypt’s trends. So a ferocious battle between sword-wielding Islamists and rock-throwing opponents outside a revered mosque last weekend could be a sign of the volatile direction the country’s crisis is taking: Islamists are threatening to take up arms, and young, secular activists are growing bolder in rebelling against their domination. (AP Photo, File)