Insecurity in Sinai and Beyond: Why the Egyptian Counterterrorism Strategy is Failing

Source: German Council On Foreign Relations (Gdap)
Author(s): Helena Burgrova

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Years after the protests that launched the Egyptian uprising, Egypt’s military-led government continues to pursue heavy-handed counterterrorism measures in the Sinai Peninsula as part of its broad-gauged “war on terror.” Yet Wilayat Sinai, the most active armed group in Egypt today, has claimed responsibility for an array of deadly attacks, including the October 2015 downing of a Russian charter plane. Why has Cairo failed so spectacularly to contain Sinai-based terror?

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