November 12, 2014

Meanwhile, in Egypt

The Islamic State slowly expands:

ISIS has a new residency in Egypt, according to a YouTube message posted Sunday.

In the audio message, the Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or ABM, allegedly announces its allegiance to ISIS, which calls itself the Islamic State.

The good news here is that the Egyptian government seems capable of handling the threat. At least in the sense that they won't fall to the militants who control zero territory. The bad news is that it's not clear to me just how long the present junta can keep the lid on all of Egypt's other problems. Should this government fall, in the ensuing chaos I'm not so sure the threat doesn't become more existential.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 07:52 PM | Comments |