On January 8, the ISIS Wilayah Sinai published a new release exposing the fragile situation in the Egyptian peninsula.
The release, titled “Bleeding the Campaigns,’ includes footage from dozens of attacks on Egyptian government forces by ISIS cells in Sinai. Some of the attacks shown in the release were as recent as January 6.
The 24-minute video began with a segment highlighting the Egyptian military failure to put an end to the ongoing ISIS insurgence in Sinai, despite what the terrorist group called “international support.”
The release shows a series of attacks with improvised explosive devices (IED), bulldozers, battle tanks and armored vehicles of the Egyptian Armed Forces. In many of the attacks, ISIS cells used remotely-controlled IEDs.
A number of attacks by ISIS snipers were also included in the release. Most of these attacks were, however, a failure. ISIS snipers mainly used AM-50 Sayyad anti-materiel rifles.
The terrorist group also shared footage of ambushes and raids that targeted Egyptian troops near the cities of Rafah and Sheikh Zuweid in North Sinai.
The release also shaded light on some of the heavy weapons used by ISIS cells in Sinai, including a motorcycle-mounted Type 54 12,7mm heavy machine gun.
An improvised rocket-propelled grenade made by ISIS cells in Sinai was also shown in the video. The rocket was made from MK-118 Rockeye submunitions, which were most likely recovered by the terrorists from cluster bombs dropped by Egyptian warplanes.
In an attempt to intimidate the locals in Sinai, the terrorist groups also showed the execution of three men accused of ‘spying’ for the Egyptian and Israel intelligence.
The ISIS video report exposes the fragile situation in Sinai. However, the release, which is meant to serve as propaganda for ISIS, is filled with exaggerations. ISIS cells in Sinai are still involved in operations within a small part of the peninsula.
Egyptian government forces will have to step up their efforts against ISIS in order to restore security and stability in the entire region.
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