Egypt's War in Sinai

(Telegraph-UK) Richard Spencer - In a trip across Egyptian Sinai, The Telegraph witnessed houses and villages being pulverized by tank strikes guided by helicopters, and interviewed the relatives of those killed by both jihadi terrorists and the army's often broad-brush attempts to hit back. Despite criticism of the army, there is evidence that it may be having some success - at least, within its own limited objective of challenging the jihadists and the network of smugglers from which they come. David Barnett, who tracks the insurgency for the American security think-tank Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, says the number of reported jihadi attacks in the Sinai has fallen from 104 in July to 29 in October. "We could just be seeing an alteration in tactics," Barnett said. There have already been drive-by shootings in the capital and in the Nile Delta."

2013-11-20 00:00:00

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