Source: Egyptian Institute for Studies
Author(s): Mahmoud Gamal
Original Link: https://en.eipss-eg.org/egypt-the-military-scene-in-february/
Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi left Cairo on Thursday, 14 February 2019, heading to Munich, Germany, to participate in the Munich Security Conference 2019. During the conference, Sisi gave a speech focusing on counterterrorism strategies and referring to the challenges facing Egypt as well as the “successes”, using his own words, that the Egyptian army has achieved in the fight against terrorism.
However, while Sisi was in Germany, the Islamic State’s local affiliate in Sinai (known as Sinai Province) on 16 February 2019 surprised the army forces with an attack, the first of its kind to target army forces in the vicinity of the city of Arish about a year since the military Operation Sinai-2018 started in February 2018. The attack that targeted Gouda 3 checkpoint near the Arish airport led to complete destruction of the base, according to a statement released by the militant group’s media arm, the Amaq News Agency.
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