Continuing Chaos in Cairo Helps Extremists Who Call Themselves Al Qaeda in the Sinai Peninsula

(TIME) Karl Vick - Imagine the tribal areas of Pakistan wedged snug against, say, Belgium instead of against Afghanistan. Next imagine that Belgium, usually so good about these sorts of details, hadn't bothered to erect a border fence to at least try to keep the jihadis in their own yard. This is approximately the situation Israel suddenly faces with the Sinai Peninsula portion of Egypt, except that as a prime target of fundamentalist wrath Israel's situation actually is even more fraught. A professed affiliate of al-Qaeda, officially known as Takfir wal-Hijra or Excommunication and Exodus, has set up in the lawless expanses just west of the Israeli border.

2011-11-28 00:00:00

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