Sinai Insecurity: Sisi’s Achilles’ Heel

Egypt’s President Sisi is trying to clean up the lawless Sinai Peninsula. But this is proving much harder than first envisioned. The region is proving to be an Achilles’ heel for the President as he attempts to bolster his legitimacy through security.

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)