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    Sinai: New Tricks Old Habits
    Posted on June 16, 2018 by egygreenfly

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    Operation Sinai 18 is the latest in a long line of “decisive” military operations by Egyptian Security Forces against terror groups in the restive Sinai Peninsula. Launched in February, and petering out in May, it is the longest Egyptian offensive in contemporary military history; as well as being part of Egypt’s longest war.

    The operation came as a response to a Sinai Province massacre that slaughtered over 300 worshipers in the Central Sinai town of Bir Abd. It was described in Western press as a sectarian attack against a Sufi minority, yet, more significant is that it was also an attack against a population that had rejected the Province – a form of collective punishment.

    Shortly after the massacre, Egypt’s incumbent authoritarian President Abdelfattah Elsisi gave the Armed Forces a three month deadline to “eradicate terrorism”, claiming Egyptian Security Forces would use “brutal force” from that point forward. The promise was to take off the kids gloves in a war that was already blighted by accusations of abuses and the use of scorched earth tactics.

    Read the full article here; https://egyptdefreview.wordpress.com/2018/06/16/sinai-new-tricks-old-habits/

    By @Frogman https://twitter.com/EgyGreenfly
     
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