This report outlines trends and developments that have taken place in the past five years of the war on terror and examines the legal and political context in which they have occurred. Finally, it offers summary findings to further efforts to establish peace and security centered on rights and the rule of law.
A group of armed assailants attacked worshipers at a mosque in North Sinai’s Rawda village on November 24, 2017, killing 311 civilians. It was the deadliest terror attack in modern Egyptian history.
A convoy of Egyptian security personnel was overcome by militants near Bahariya Oasis. The attack was among the deadliest events for Egypt’s security forces in its war on terror.
Wilayat Sinai on Monday claimed responsibility for an attack on a police convoy on the Qantara-Arish Road in the Taloul area of North Sinai that killed 18 police personnel and wounded seven.
On February 9 last year, the Egyptian military spokesman announced the launch of “Comprehensive Military Operation Sinai 2018.” The operation, which involved the army, navy, air force, border patrol, and police forces, began after a speech in late December 2017, after a deadly attack on a mosque in Rawda, North Sinai. In his speech, Egyptian […]
The Egyptian Ministry of Defense posted a grainy video to its YouTube channel on Monday: A vehicle slowly approaches a checkpoint south of Arish. Nearby cars drive away and people scatter as a military tank crushes the vehicle, and presumably anyone who was inside. As the tank is driven away, a large explosion fills the […]
When President Donald Trump welcomed Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El Sisi at the White House earlier this month, Trump applauded Sisi’s efforts to fight terrorism in Egypt as Sisi boasted about his success. Since those meetings, however, the Islamic State is actively challenging his narrative through its intensive attacks and media campaign this month. The Islamic […]
Over the past three weeks, about 140 Coptic Christian families fled the city of Arish. The exodus comes after the families were threatened with death by Wilayat Sinai.
In at least three counter-terrorism raids reported across Egypt, the Ministry of Interior killed at least 12 individuals and Wilayat Sinai reported attacks in Arish and Sheikh Zuweid, including one that it claimed had killed five officers.
In its weekly al-Naba newsletter, the Islamic State reported that its Sinai branch had carried out 228 attacks in the previous year; TIMEP recorded 167 attacks claimed by the Islamic State’s Sinai-based affiliate during that period and Wilayat Sinai continued to claim attacks in North Sinai, using an RPG to target a military tank and engaging in clashes south of Sheikh Zuweid.
A 27-year-old woman was killed in Sheikh Zuweid in a continuing trend of fatalities and injuries due to stray bullets in North Sinai. No individual has claimed responsibility or been held accountable, and Wilayat Sinai continued its insurgency efforts, attacking Egypt’s Saeqa special forces and an M60 tank and engaging in clashes near Sheikh Zuweid.
Civilian fatalities continued in North Sinai, as Mada Masr reported that four children were injured by unmarked improvised explosive device in Sheikh Zuweid and a man was killed after being caught in the crossfire between the military and militants in Bir al-Abd.
In the interest of exploring the complex relationship between threat and response, TIMEP presents Egypt Security Watch—the only such project to offer original content on the security situation in Egypt as a whole. With this project, we hope to dig deeper than causal explanations for the proliferation of terror violence and to make sense of the ways in which Egypt’s war on terror has and has not been effective. Through our unique efforts to aggregate the most up-to-date and comprehensive data and contextual analysis, we explore not only the dialectic relationship of terror acts and state response, but also the larger political landscape in which these developments occur. This is a live project, meaning we will continue to monitor reports from the ground, work with our network of experts, and track media from state and violent actors, constantly revising our content to provide the most accurate and timely information.