Jihadists See Sinai as Next Frontier in War against U.S., Israel

(UPI) Senior figures linked to al-Qaeda are reported to be taking command of the jihadist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula. Israeli security chiefs now consider the region the center of "an independent jihadist network." Western officials estimate "at least several hundred jihadists, some of whom are from Yemen and Somalia, are operating in Sinai." The Egyptians allege there are Algerians and Libyans there too. Jihadist veteran Mohamed Jamal al-Kashef, who was captured in Cairo in October 2012, told his Egyptian interrogators: "We consider Sinai the next frontier of conflict with the Zionists and the Americans."

2013-10-31 00:00:00

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