May 6, 2016
The Islamic State’s Pyramid Scheme – Mokhtar Awad (Combating Terrorism Center-West Point)
With a presence in Libya and the Sinai secured, the Islamic State is taking steps to destabilize mainland Egypt by steadily making inroads in the vast Western Desert, Upper Egypt, and Greater Cairo.
A new network of Islamic State-affiliated cells that has been operating in Giza is the latest effort to bring armed insurgency closer to the capital and Nile Valley.
Given recent trends, there is a real possibility in the coming years that the Islamic State could consolidate its militants’ efforts and escalate insurgency in mainland Egypt.
The writer is a research fellow at George Washington University’s Program on Extremism.