Insurgency in Sinai: Challenges and Prospects

Source: Arab Center Washington DC

Author(s): Khalil Al-Anani

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In May 2022, at least 16 Egyptian troops were killed in two separate attacks in the Sinai Peninsula. The attacks were claimed by Wilayat Sinai or Sinai Province (SP), Egypt’s branch of the so-called Islamic State (IS), which has been actively conducting assaults on the Egyptian military for the past eight years. The May strikes were the deadliest in recent years, following a period of calm and constant assertions by the Egyptian government that it had defeated terrorism in Sinai. However, the renewal of SP’s aggressions raises many questions about the group’s military capabilities and tactics, about whether Egypt is on the verge of a new wave of attacks, and about the extent to which Egypt’s counterinsurgency strategy is viable or effective.

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