Will Egypt Adopt New Tactics to Fight Radical Islamists?

(Jerusalem Post) Zvi Mazel - The Egyptian president is desperately seeking a strategy to defeat radical Islamic terrorist organizations in the Sinai Peninsula, which are also perpetrating deadly attacks in the heart of the country, as was seen in the Palm Sunday attacks that killed and maimed dozens of worshipers in two Coptic churches. His army is still relying on outmoded tactics from the Soviet era: massive troop deployment and heavy guns ill-suited to guerrilla warfare against small terrorist groups. A new concept is needed, but will Sisi and his generals let U.S. Army Special Forces train and remodel the traditionally conservative Egyptian Army? The writer, a fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is a former ambassador to Romania, Egypt and Sweden.

2017-04-18 00:00:00

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