Egyptian Forces Still Unable To Put End To ISIS Presence In North Sinai After 7 Month Of Anti-Terrorist Operation

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Egyptian Forces Still Unable To Put End To ISIS Presence In North Sinai After 7 Month Of Anti-Terrorist Operation

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On August 26th, ISIS claimed responsibility for an attack on an Egyptian police checkpoint in Egypt’s Norther Sinai.

The group’s Amaq News Agency reported that 15 soldiers were killed or wounded in a “infiltration operation.” Amaq said Islamic State militants targeted the Kilometer 17 checkpoint west of al-Arish, without giving any evidence or details on how many were involved. ISIS also did not disclose how many of its members were killed.

MENA, Egypt’s State news agency on August 25th announced that Security forces had foiled an attack on a checkpoint west of the city of al-Arish, killing four militants while the remaining attacks fled.

Initially, MENA did not mention any victims on the side of the security forces, however Haaretz cited the privately owned al-Masri al-Youm newspaper which reported that four policemen had died.

However, on August 26th, Security forces reported that four recruits had been killed and nine were wounded and taken to hospital. The report also said that the attackers were wearing explosive belts and had four RPGs. The militants’ bodies were being held and the devices on them were being used to identify them.

MENA cited an unnamed source who claimed that on August 25th police confronted the attackers. The security forces seized ten explosives at the scene, as well as four automatic weapons, rocket-propelled grenades, three explosives belts, hand grenades, a camera and a mobile phone.

Since 2013 militant activity in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has skyrocketed, following the 2013 military coup which ousted President Mohammed Morsi. The insurgents did not support Mossi, nor did he support them. However, he did attempt to hold conciliatory discussions with both Bedouin leaders and armed groups while promising government support for North Sinai. The new military government, believing the two years under Morsi demonstrated weakness towards terrorism, launched an offensive characterized by mass arrests, mandatory curfews, and the destruction of homes along the border. The insurgents affiliated themselves with ISIS.

On February 9th, 2018, the Egyptian government launched a nationwide operation against militants. This is a result of an attack in which gunmen killed hundreds of worshippers at a mosque in Sinai in November 2017. President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi ordered the army and security forces to crush the militants. As cited by Haaretz, Egypt says that fighting Islamist militants is a priority to restore security to the country after years of turmoil following the Arab Spring protests in 2011.

In March, the Egyptian military claimed that its most recent campaign killed 105 “terrorists”, seized 157 “terrorist-affiliated vehicles,” and bulldozed 1,907 “terrorist shelters” after only one month.

Recently, on August 5th, the Egyptian military released a statement which said that 52 suspected militants were killed in previous days in northern Sinai Peninsula. The statement further said that 49 suspected militants were arrested. The military further destroyed 26 hideouts and weapon depots and dismantled 64 explosive devices.

Access to Northern Sinai is still heavily restricted.

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  • potcracker2588

    ofcourse not…lol hilarious……the current president al sisi is a satanic jew slave.period.the last thing he wants is isis(israel intelligence service) to go away….old school intelligence ….the last thing them satanic jews want is a free egypt…a free iraq….a free syria…a free lebanon etc….al sisi is currently the worst dictatot in the world…it makes kim and bin-salman look like angels…..but hey nothing in the jew main stream or even here at southfront…no reporting on dozens of thousands currently held in egypt prisons under harsh torture protocols….no reporting on how security forces killed up to 8000 people on ONE day in the streets of egypt 4 years ago……ofcourse not…al sisi is part of the agenda……..I still remeber the firt thing that the true egyptian president mursi did when in office…he cancelled all oil and gas products for israel….opened up the crossings to gaza….gaza THE TRUE HOLOCAUST…not the fairy tale bullshit story of europes gas chambers……

    • RichardD

      What Egypt are you looking at? Egypt under El-Sisi is implementing an unprecedented military, civilian infrastructure, and economic expansion program unsurpassed anywhere on the planet. That per capita rivals China and other progressive governments in it’s scale and scope. If it continues, as it matures it will provide a massive improvement in the quality of life of the Egyptian people totally transforming Egypt into a regional modern economic and technology leader.

    • RichardD

      “how security forces killed up to 8000 people on ONE day in the streets of egypt 4 years ago”

      For starters your grammar is awful. As far as the Egyptian security forces massacring 8,000 civilians in one day. What proof do you have for that whopper?

      I was in Cairo for almost 2 weeks in 2012 during the midst of the revolution. My 6th floor hotel room was 1 block off of Tahrir Square. That I walked through numerous times. Which was filled with people around the clock. The policing and security was proper the entire time that I was there.

  • Ed

    When are people going to FUCKING wake up and realize that YOU CANNOT DEFEAT THESE GUYS!!!!!

  • Enkidu

    I’m not familiar with how “ISIS” is waging war in Egypt but is it strictly guerilla or are they going all out like they did in Syria? I mean, according to Globalfirepower Egypt is ranked 12th among every other military in the world so they should, in theory, have an easier job than Syria, right?

    • as

      They’re not in brazen irregular army form like in Syria or Iraq and mostly individual guerilla sabotages. What make this harder is because the very support of Isis all present in their legislative and ruling power. That has to be recognized first by themselves.

  • Rob

    US, UK, France want to divide Egypt into small countries. Egyptian army use US jets F-16 and when they attack ISIS so US pilots change their targets and they bomb their own civilians. They cannot when from ISIS until Syrian and their allies support is not with them.

  • Rob

    US and European regimes are breaching the sovereign rights of Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Yemen and of other countries of Middle East. This is totally unacceptable. They must leave. Erdogan said on Sunday in a public address.

  • Ed

    So the Iraqi army can’t get rid of them in Iraq, the Syrian army can’t get rid of them in Syria, the Philippine army can’t get rid of them in the Philippines and the Egyptian army can’t get rid of them in Egypt! I’m starting to see a pattern emerging here!

  • The Farney Fontenoy

    Why don’t these Arabs get it?? Just surrender to Israel & the war will be over!