Sinai: New Tricks Old Habits

Operation Sinai 18 is the latest in a long line of “decisive” military operations by Egyptian Security Forces against terror groups in the restive Sinai Peninsula. Launched in February, and petering out in May, it is the longest Egyptian offensive in contemporary military history; as well as being part of Egypt’s longest war. The operation… Continue reading Sinai: New Tricks Old Habits

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Sinai: Tactical Frailties Undermine Strategic Half Measures

It's been nearly five years since an attack by militants on Egyptian Security Forces announced the start of a brutal insurgency in earnest. A series of military operations followed that promised to bring the problem to a swift close, yet here we are; Wilayat Sinai has proven and continues to prove that it is incredibly… Continue reading Sinai: Tactical Frailties Undermine Strategic Half Measures

Egypt’s Long, Bloody Fight Against The Islamic State in Sinai is Going Somewhere

This post is intended as a reply or rebuttal to a Washington Post article by Sudarsan Raghavan. Let me start off by saying I'm not too surprised by the content, it does not mark a departure from what has come before in regards to the Sinai and Egyptian Counter Terror efforts. This is not a… Continue reading Egypt’s Long, Bloody Fight Against The Islamic State in Sinai is Going Somewhere

Egyptian Medical Corps: Where Are Egypt’s Combat Medics?

Native Egyptians will often tell you that the military has a series of hospitals which are barred to the majority of the public unless there are exceptional circumstances. They will describe them as being much better than their civilian counterparts - which are dreadful places - and on the whole this appears to be true.… Continue reading Egyptian Medical Corps: Where Are Egypt’s Combat Medics?

Egyptian Rapid Deployment Forces: Independence Essential Speed Optional

To understand the Rapid Deployment Forces one first has to look at Egypt's contemporary military history and its current threat perceptions. Both of these have mandated a certain organisational set up that focuses on internal and local threats. Israel the traditional rival to the East, Libya the pariah to the West, and an unpredictable Sudan to the… Continue reading Egyptian Rapid Deployment Forces: Independence Essential Speed Optional