Egypt Responds to the Beheading of Copts by IS in Libya

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
Author(s): Ishak Ibrahim

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Yesterday, Egyptians marked the culmination of the traditional, forty-day period of mourning for the twenty Egyptians and one Ghanaian beheaded by the Islamic State (IS) branch in Tripoli, Libya. Even as religious figures, community leaders, and national politicians have expressed their condolences to the victims’ families in the province of Minya, the attacks prompted the Egyptian government to launch airstrikes against IS bases in Libya. Reactions to Egypt’s response have varied. Some consider the response appropriate, an effort to exact vengeance for those killed; others object, however, seeing the strikes as part of a push to involve Egypt in an outright confrontation with IS forces located along its western border. The steps taken by the Egyptian government in response to this horrific act merit further examination, as do the government’s justifications and the various reactions of the Egyptian people to the government’s response….

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