Terror threat in Sinai: Egypt’s war against ISIS

While in Syria and Iraq ISIS has been defeated and has almost completely disappeared, the terrorist organization’s “Sinai Province,” which is likely responsible for Egypt’s deadliest terror attack, continues striking the army, wreaking havoc and threatening civilians.
Egypt’s war against ISIS Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

Despite the defeats that ISIS has suffered in Syria and Iraq, where the terrorist organization has lost almost all of the territory that it has seized over the past few years, a branch of ISIS is still effectively operating in Sinai, claiming victims’ lives and wreaking havoc and destruction in Egypt.

Friday's mosque attack, in which over 300 people were murdered, was the deadliest terror attack in Egypt’s history, but is just one of many over the past few years in which hundreds of people were murdered. The Egyptian Army has invested much effort into eradicating the country’s ISIS branch, which numbers only about 2,000 terrorists, with little success.

Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

The establishment of the ISIS branch in Sinai dates back to 2011 – the year in which the revolution broke out in the country and ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s regime was overthrown. That year, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, a Salafi jihadist-affiliated extremist militant group, began operating within the region. The terrorist organization carried out numerous terror attacks against the Egyptian Army, blowing up gas pipes. Later on, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis recruited terror operatives from the Gaza Strip and even relied on supplies from there.

Parts of the Russian plane shot down by the terrorist organization Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

In 2014, the Ansar Bait al-Maqdis terrorists swore allegiance to ISIS under the name “the Sinai Province” and since then, terrorists from Iraq, Syria and Libya have joined its ranks. As an extension of ISIS, the terrorist organization has even threatened Israel by launching rockets towards Eilat and the Western Negev. Spokesmen from the terrorist organization claimed that Israel was aiding the Egyptian Army in its fight against them.



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