Egyptian tribes pledge to battle Islamist groups

ISMAILIA - Thirty Egyptian tribes based in the Sinai said on Sunday they would confront jihaist groups including an Islamic State affiliate that has killed hundreds of soldiers and police, in a boost to Egypt's efforts to improve security.
The Sinai Tribal Federation said in a statement that it had held its first meeting on Sunday to discuss ways to tackle Islamists seeking to topple the US-backed Cairo government.