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Egypt President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi is doubling down on efforts to clean up the lawless Sinai Peninsula but endemic insecurity has meant a new campaign, launched in February may not yield the results the regime is hoping for.
‘Comprehensive Operation Sinai’ (COS) was launched just three months after Egypt’s bloodiest-ever terrorist attack in November last year saw the death of 305 people, including 27 children. The attack on the al-Rawdah Mosque in Bir al-Abed, a coastal town in northern Sinai, was carried out by militants associated with Islamic State (IS).
But COS is just the latest in a series of operations over the last decade intended to flush out Sinai-based militants. ‘Operation Eagle’ was launched in August 2011 and ‘Operation Sinai’ a year later but neither have effectively rid the region of militants. (CONTINUED - 1310 WORDS)