Source: The Institute For National Security Studies
Author(s): Zack Gold
Sinai militancy changed over 2015, following the decision of the peninsula’s main violent jihadi group – Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis – to pledge allegiance to the Islamic State organization and become Wilayat Sinai. The developments have created challenges for Egypt and for Israel, but they also provide an opening to weaken the group’s entrenchment in North Sinai. For the first time, the local population needs the Egyptian state to protect it from militancy. To exploit this opportunity, Egypt should do more than continue with its military campaigns, and Egypt can counter the Islamic State narrative in both word and action. Israel also watches its western border closely, and provides Egypt with intelligence…
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