Al-Sisi and the Sinai jihadis

The struggle to restore internal security in Egypt, in Sinai in particular, is at the top of the Sisi government’s priorities.

By YORAM MEITAL
March 8, 2015 12:54
Egyptian army

Egyptian army. (photo credit: IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA / REUTERS)

 
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