The Strength of ISIS-Type Groups in Gaza and Sinai

(Ha'aretz) Aaron Y. Zelin - In the previous Israel-Hamas war of November 2012, five jihadi groups launched 99 rockets at Israel over ten days. In the eight months leading up to that war, jihadi groups launched 50 rockets at Israel. In the 2014 Gaza war, a different configuration of six jihadi groups launched 117 rockets over six weeks. During the 20 months between the wars, they launched 30 rockets. During the latest war, they launched 12 rockets from Sinai, with Jama'at Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis taking responsibility. In addition, I have been able to confirm the names of 33 Palestinians, Egyptians, and Saudis killed in the latest fighting in Gaza who were members of global jihadi groups. Some were declared members or supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS). The writer is a fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

2014-09-30 00:00:00

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