Egypt Considers its Options in the Battle Against ISIL

Co-authored with Jacob Greene.

Years into Egypt’s war on terror, the conflict rages: in the past six months we have seen the bombing of the St Mark’s Cathedral complex, deadly twin Palm Sunday bombings, an attack on one of the world’s oldest functioning monasteries and weeks of conflict with tribes in North Sinai. This violence has been claimed by ISIL entities in Egypt, with some claims attributing attacks to the “Sinai Province” and others to the “Islamic State in Egypt”.

While the two entities had previously exhibited unique modus operandi, more recent events indicate a convergence in the type of activity across the country. The solidification of jihadism bodes ill for a country struggling to regain a sense of safety and stability after years of turmoil and economic hardship, and which the international community has deemed too big to fail.

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