Egypt’s Diversifying Insurgency

Source: The Tahrir Institute For Middle East Policy
Author(s): Nancy Okail, Hassan Hassan

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On two Fridays about a month apart, Egypt faced two of the worst terrorist attacks in its modern history. The attacks typify the diversifying threats this country is facing and highlight how Egypt is emerging as a new jihadi frontier.

The first attack was carried out in the Western Desert by militants linked to al-Qaeda who previously operated in Libya. At least 16 Egyptian policemen (and perhaps over 50) were killed in the attack, which took place after a botched police raid. The second one, the biggest in modern history, was carried out last Friday, and targeted a Sufi mosque in the desert region of North Sinai, killing more than 300 worshippers after explosions and a shooting spree…

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