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A Coptic nun attends prayer at a church within Al-Mahraq monastery in Assiut, Upper Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013. Islamists may be on the defensive in Cairo, but in Egypt's deep south they still have much sway and audacity: over the past week, they have stepped up a hate campaign against the area's Christians. Blaming the broader Coptic community for the July 3 coup that removed Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, Islamists have marked Christian homes, stores and churches with crosses and threatening graffiti.