Egypt's Army Shifts Strategy in Sinai with Preemptive Attacks

(Al-Ahram-Egypt) Ahmed Eleiba - On Feb. 1, the Egyptian army began a series of intensive strikes against terrorist hideouts around the Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, killing 57 suspected terrorists. Maj.-Gen. Talaat Moussa said there has been a shift in strategy in northern Sinai towards preemptive strikes. In central Sinai the army has succeeded in securing the area and cooperation with local tribes is high. The Sinai Province of the Islamic State (SPIS) posted a video showing members carrying weapons and performing training exercises. The footage showed terrorists in open-backed vehicles, similar to those used by the Libyan branch of IS, carrying a portable anti-aircraft missile launcher and wearing camouflage uniforms resembling those worn by Hizbullah fighters.

2015-02-16 00:00:00

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