Source: The Institute For National Security Studies
Author(s): Yoram Schweitzer, Ofir Winter
The November 24, 2017 attack on al-Rawda mosque in the northern part of the Sinai Peninsula, apparently by Wilayat Sinai, a proxy of the Islamic State (ISIS) in Egypt, was the most deadly terrorist attack Egypt has ever known, killing more than 300 civilians and wounding over 100. Indeed, despite its military defeat in Iraq and Syria. it is clear that the Islamic State and its supporters seek to continue their activity in other locations around the world, including Egypt. Yet notwithstanding the complex nature of the current challenge, Egypt is capable of meeting it from the moment it decides the task is one of national urgency. It can mobilize the necessary resources, undertake the required organizational moves, allocate the requisite manpower, take the vital socioeconomic steps, and open itself to essential international aid. It is only fitting that this human and national tragedy serve as a wake-up call to Egypt and its friends in the region and the world before they experience further terrorist attacks that are sure to be perpetrated unless stopped before they start…
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