ISIS and Wilayat Sinai: Complex networks of insurgency on Egypt’s Sinai peninsula

Source: German Council On Foreign Relations (Gdap)
Author(s): Dr Omar Ashour

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The insurgency in Sinai has evolved over the past 15 years. Its stated goal shifted from supporting Palestinian armed groups in the early 2000s to controlling areas in northeast Sinai and fighting Egyptian security and military forces there. In 2014 the insurgent group Wilayat Sinai declared allegiance to ISIS. The Egyptian government’s counterinsurgency blunders and its humiliation and repression of the civilian population have helped give the insurgency ready access to a large pool of recruits.

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