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Taking the Sinai Province of the Islamic State Seriously Without Helping it Destabilize Egypt


Taking the Sinai Province of the Islamic State Seriously Without Helping it Destabilize Egypt

Abstract: 

On November 10, 2014, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis pledged allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), subsequently changing the group’s name to the Sinai Province of the Islamic State. Following this affiliation, ISIL began marketing the Sinai Peninsula as an ideal location for jihadist activity. In an article entitled, “Come to the Sinai to Elevate the Foundations of Your State,” an ISIL member, Abu Musab al Gharib, stressed that the establishment of a state in the Sinai Peninsula would not only unify jihadists in “Libya, Egypt, and the Levant,” but would also be a stepping stone toward activity in Jerusalem. It is not uncommon for jihadist groups to organize within Egypt or for a jihadist group to invoke the specter of attacks in Jerusalem, but to do both while waging an accelerating campaign of violence warrants more attention than the Sinai Province of the Islamic State is currently receiving.

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Full Citation: 

Kane, Sheehan and William Braniff. 2015. "Taking the Sinai Province of the Islamic State Seriously Without Helping it Destabilize Egypt." START (August). https://www.start.umd.edu/news/taking-sinai-province-islamic-state-seriously-without-helping-it-destabilize-egypt

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Sheehan KaneWilliam Braniff
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