Egypt – a growing Islamic insurgency (Maghreb and Orient Courier)

When observers look at the situation in Egypt today regarding terrorism and acts of insurgency, they notice a sharp increase in violent acts in the recent months, including bombings, assassinations, ambushes and armed attacks, kidnapping and even beheadings of hostages. However, armed insurgency is not a new fact, as the country is torn by violence since the 2011 Arab spring events and its aftermath. The level of violence was already known, but it has changed in scope and strategy, the turning point being when a local jihadi group swore allegiance to the Islamic State and declared itself “Wilayat Sinai” (province of Sinai).

When Mohammed Morsi was overthrown on July 3rd 2013, the president Abdel Fattah al-Sissi started the repression of the Muslim Brotherhood and officially declared them a terrorist organization on December 25th, 2013. The following crackdown brought the brothers to be largely disorganized. However, several of them joined existing jihadist groups or created others, this rally paving the way to…

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