Category Archives: Sinai

Egypt’s New Terrorist Groups

I was planning to write something completely different this weekend, but the events in Egypt have dictated my choice.   An Egyptian policeman gestures from an observation in the Sinai peninsula, February 10, 2016, and an undated photograph of Brig. … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 41 ( Oct 10-16)

Top Headline 12 Egyptian conscripts were killed in an Isis attack on security checkpoint in central Sinai Egypt launches ‘revenge’ airstrikes on ISIS in Sinai Russian paratroopers arrive in Egypt for “Friendship Defenders’ drills In an unprecedented move: Egypt’s Cairo … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 17 April 25-May 1

    Photo of anti-Sisi protests in Egypt – via Tahrir Institute Top Headlines Protests against President Fattah el-Sisi broken up with tear gas. Monday Egypt puts on trial 237 activists for protests against Sis. Saturday Egypt’s Nour Al-Sherbini becomes … Continue reading

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Is Egypt ready for the next terrorist attack?

Local Egyptian outlets: Egypt is facing a Western conspiracy- via AP Investigators of the Russian plane crash in Egypt are now “90 percent sure” the noise heard in the final seconds of a cockpit recording was an explosion caused by … Continue reading

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Lessons for Sinai from Yemen

(Egyptian air force chief adel Hafez with air force pilots in Yemen. 1964. wikimedia photo)  I wrote this piece for The Atlantic Council’s Egypt Source, hope you like it Following the recent major attacks by militants that killed at least twenty-seven … Continue reading

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The myth of Sisi’s Sinai proposal

  (Photo via Cairo Post) Initially published in Al-Monitor A few days ago, a claim surfaced that Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi offered to give part of the Sinai Peninsula to the Palestinians to expand the Gaza Strip and create a … Continue reading

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Egypt Needs a Security Strategy For Sinai

(Soldiers who were kidnapped last week sit before a news conference by President Mohammed Morsi after their release, photo by REUTERS) I wrote this piece for  Al-Monitor. Look forward to your feedbacks and comments Last week, Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh of the … Continue reading

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Sinai and the New Naksa

Forty-six years ago, in what Egyptians describe as the Naksa, Egypt lost Sinai to Israel during the 6-Days War. Egypt is now witnessing a new Naksa episode. Naksa 2 is unfolding in which Sinai is gradually slipping out of control of … Continue reading

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Sinai and the open-ended adventure

It is hard to describe what has happened in Sinai in the last few weeks, although “surreal” may be the only appropriate word. It started with a tragedy on the holy month of Ramadan, when 16 Egyptian soldiers lost their … Continue reading

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