April 02, 2012

Islamist Fighters Gain in Egyptian Sinai

I saw a link yesterday to this Reuters report, Bill Roggio puts it into perspective

The so-called Arab Spring, which ignited so much optimism in early 2011 as regimes in Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Yemen, and most recently Syria faced violent revolts, is quickly descending into an Islamist Winter as Islamist groups, some linked to al Qaeda, are gaining power.

Yesterday, Reuters noted that shadowy Islamists are now operating overtly in the Sinai:

Quietly, barely noticed by outsiders fascinated by upheavals in Cairo and other Arab capitals, they are building a presence in Sinai that might offer a new haven for anti-Western militancy at the strategic junction of the Mediterranean, Africa and Asia.

When finally one of the men broke a silence that hung heavy on the barren plain, it was to explain to a reporter their demands: for the government to release five comrades jailed for bombings of tourist resorts in Sinai more than six years ago.[...]

Not a shot was fired in anger, however, and the next day, the group lifted their eight-day siege. It was not because they feared arrest or attack by the authorities. But instead they had secured their demands. The government agreed to free the men accused of being part of a group which carried out the 2004 and 2005 attacks that killed some 125 people at the Red Sea beach resorts of Sharm el-Sheikh, Dahab and Taba.[Read it all]

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