Egypt's Failing Anti-Terror Strategy

(New York Times) Declan Walsh and David D. Kirkpatrick - "The Egyptians have failed to acknowledge that ISIS is not just a terrorism threat," said Andrew Miller, a former Egypt specialist at the National Security Council. "Killing terrorists is not sufficient. They need to deprive ISIS of local support, which is rooted in Cairo's historical neglect of the Sinai." Sinai presents a formidable arena for counterinsurgency that would challenge the most capable army: It is a vast terrain of desert and mountains, with long shorelines and a semiporous back door into Gaza, which is controlled by Hamas. The collapse of Libya in 2011 has ensured a steady flow of weapons ever since.

2017-11-27 00:00:00

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