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A man takes pictures of blood stains of victims after masked gunmen ambushed a bus carrying Coptic Christians to a monastery, Maghagha, Egypt, May 27, 2017 (AP photo by Amr Nabil).

Sissi’s Zero-Sum War Against Islamists Is Plunging Egypt Deeper Into Unrest

Monday, Nov. 27, 2017

On Thursday, an assault on a Sufi mosque in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula killed 305 worshippers in what officials have called the deadliest terrorist attack in modern Egyptian history. The staggering number of victims was a sign of the shifting nature of violence in which Egypt has been mired for nearly five years. Militants in Sinai who have waged an insurgency against the government are expanding their campaign to include not just agents of the state, but a rapidly growing number of civilians.

The ongoing violence has weakened the position of the military-led regime of President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, who came to power in a coup in 2013 promising to stabilize Egypt and shore up its flagging economy. As the scale and scope of recent attacks have escalated, the Egyptian public’s confidence in the ability of the government to bring things under control has steadily eroded. ...

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