Special Report: How Cairo is taking the fight to Sinai militants




 
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February 4th, 2015  
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Topic: Special Report: How Cairo is taking the fight to Sinai militants


At a remote spot in the Sinai desert last month, a commander of Egypt's most feared Islamist group outlined his hopes of toppling the country's government. "We will create an Islamic state in Egypt," he said. The militant said he was from the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group, which has killed hundreds of security forces since the military ousted Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood from Egypt's presidency amid popular unrest in 2013. Last week the group claimed responsibility for attacks on a military base and hotel in north Sinai that killed 25 and wounded at least 58, including nine civilians, on January 30.




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