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07/24/2018 . By TIMEP

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.

12/07/2017 . By TIMEP

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.

10/30/2017 . By TIMEP

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.

09/11/2017 . By TIMEP

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.

08/17/2017 . By TIMEP

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy’s Egypt Security Watch explores the nature of the security threat that Egypt faces, providing insight and analysis on the state’s response to this

04/21/2017 . By TIMEP

An April video released by Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Mekameleen channel depicts what appears to be state-backed militiamen carrying out extrajudicial killings of civilians.

04/21/2017 . By TIMEP

Twin bombs at Coptic Orthodox cathedrals in Alexandria and Tanta exploded on Palm Sunday, April 9, 2017, killing 47 and injuring up to 113.

04/10/2017 . By TIMEP

The number of reported terror attacks across Egypt dropped to 168 in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to 209 in the third quarter and 225 in the second, the report finds.

03/01/2017 . By TIMEP

In the last four weeks, seven Christians have been killed in the city of Arish in North Sinai, changing the nature of violence in the peninsula.

12/21/2016 . By TIMEP

While Egypt is no stranger to sectarian and extremist violence, the attack struck a devastating chord for its brutality, its symbolic weight, and its portent for future trends.

12/19/2016 . By TIMEP

The number of reported terror attacks across Egypt remained high from July to September 2016, and the majority were reported in North Sinai governorate.

08/02/2016 . By TIMEP

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy’s Egypt Security Watch explores the nature of the security threat that Egypt faces, providing insight and analysis on the state’s response to this

05/18/2016 . By TIMEP

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy’s Egypt Security Watch explores the nature of the security threat that Egypt faces, providing insight and analysis on the state’s response to this

02/22/2016 . By TIMEP

The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy’s Egypt Security Watch explores the nature of the security threat that Egypt faces, providing insight and analysis on the state’s response to this threat. The

11/15/2015 . By TIMEP

Egypt’s War on Terror has become a defining feature of Abdel-Fattah El Sisi’s presidency, and the provision of security a top priority. This is especially the case because of the

10/09/2015 . By TIMEP

In the interest of providing the most accurate and timely information on which to assess security developments in Egypt, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) presents the ninth edition

10/09/2015 . By TIMEP

In the interest of providing the most accurate and timely information on which to assess security developments in Egypt, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) presents the ninth edition

07/22/2015 . By TIMEP

In the interest of providing the most accurate and timely information on which to assess security developments in Egypt, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) presents the ninth edition

07/02/2015 . By TIMEP

Introduction On July 1, 2015, North Sinai saw Egypt’s most violent terrorist attack in years. Wilayat Sinai, the Sinai-based Islamic State affiliate, claimed to have attacked 21 security facilities and

06/17/2015 . By TIMEP

In the interest of providing the most accurate and timely information on which to assess security developments in Egypt, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) presents the eighth edition

05/14/2015 . By TIMEP

In the interest of providing the most accurate and timely information on which to assess security developments in Egypt, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) presents the seventh edition

04/16/2015 . By TIMEP

In the interest of providing the most accurate and timely information on which to assess security developments in Egypt, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) presents the sixth edition

03/11/2015 . By TIMEP

In the interest of providing the most accurate and timely information on which to assess security developments in Egypt, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) presents the fifth edition

02/13/2015 . By TIMEP

In the interest of providing the most accurate and timely information on which to assess security developments in Egypt, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) presents the fourth edition

01/01/2015 . By TIMEP

In the interest of providing the most accurate and timely information on which to assess security developments in Egypt, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) presents the third edition

12/05/2014 . By TIMEP

In the interest of providing the most accurate and timely information on which to assess security developments in Egypt, the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP) presents the second edition

11/13/2014 . By TIMEP

Terror attacks continue to present an escalating threat to Egypt’s security. Most markedly, the deadliest attacks on Egypt’s soil in nearly a decade occurred on October 24, and Egypt’s most

10/27/2014 . By TIMEP

There is no doubt that Egypt is currently facing security challenges. Violent attacks on state and civilian actors occur almost daily in the country, and while there was a peak

07/27/2017 . By Allison McManus

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

04/19/2017 . By Jake Greene and Dr. Nancy Okail

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

03/07/2017 . By A Correspondent in Sinai

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.

02/17/2017 . By Taha Saker

February 11 marked the first day of a partial civil strike in Arish called by a number of North Sinai tribes. The civil disobedience comes amid the state’s failure to

07/01/2016 . By Allison McManus

A year ago, in the early hours of July 1, a group of militants began their largest and most daring initiative yet: a coordinated offensive on the city of Sheikh

06/07/2016 . By Allison McManus and Jake Greene

On May 8, four men carried out a brutal mass shooting, emptying their magazines into an adjacent car as they drove along the Nile in Helwan, a district in Cairo.

03/14/2016 . By Jake Greene

Wilayat Sinai, the Islamic State’s “Sinai Province,” is using its near-monopolistic access to Sheikh Zuweid, Arish, Rafah, and other areas in Sinai’s northern region to create its own, unchecked narrative

01/07/2016 . By Elisa Epstein and Jake Greene

Is western media warping our understanding of the Islamic State?

11/19/2015 . By TIMEP

TIMEP Nonresident Fellow Hassan Hassan answered questions about recent terrorist attacks in Beirut and Paris apparently carried out by the Islamic State.

11/16/2015 . By Greg Aftandilian

 Egypt faces a serious threat from terrorist groups, not only in the Sinai Peninsula but also in other parts of the country. Unfortunately, the government’s counter-terrorism campaign over the past

07/06/2015 . By Mai El-Sadany

The new counter-terrorism draft law aimed “to amend the country’s criminal procedures law and penal code to stiffen penalties on terrorism crimes.

07/02/2015 . By TIMEP

On the morning of July 1, 2015, militants engaged in coordinated attacks throughout Egypt’s North Sinai province. The attacks began just before 7 a.m. Cairo time, taking place at multiple

05/20/2015 . By Mai El-Sadany

The Terrorist Entities Law has various components that ensures that the process of designating terrorist will be subjective, inconsistent, and subject to human error.

05/18/2015 . By Zack Gold

On April 25, 2015, Egypt celebrated Sinai Liberation Day: the thirty-third anniversary of the return of most of the peninsula back to Egyptian sovereignty, following the signing of the Egypt-Israel

03/23/2015 . By Kareem Farid

Social media, intentionally or unintentionally, has revealed the inaccuracies of government official statements or state-owned media outlets in many cases.

12/12/2014 . By Mai El-Sadany

In a country contending with what are becoming weekly bombings and an ever-growing presence of Ansar Bayt Al-Maqdis (which has recently pledged allegiance to the Islamic State), there is no

12/05/2014 . By Allison McManus

The Sinai as a Battlefield The security situation in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula has seen some dangerously rapid and significant developments in the past weeks: A tripartite attack on security forces

09/18/2014 . By Mokhtar Awad

A number of violent actors operating inside Egypt—some jihadi and others not—seem poised to instigate a deadly Islamist insurgency the likes of which Egypt has never seen, even in the

07/24/2014 . By Mohannad Sabry

Throughout three years of reporting on Sinai’s unfolding events, researching its intertwined politics and security, and sifting through its unending social and economic issues, I came to realize that, over

07/22/2014 . By Zack Gold

In Sinai, Egypt has been waging a “War on Terror” since the summer of 2013. Indeed, the Egyptian military had been waging a counter-insurgency campaign against salafi jihadi militants in

07/19/2014 . By Mai El-Sadany

A look at the development of terror legislation in Egypt reveals some highly problematic loopholes that have allowed for possible violations of Egypt’s international rights’ obligations.

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.