NYTimes reported that ever since the first democratically elected President of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, was forcefully removed from office in July of 2013, Egypt’s military has been calling the shots. The military removed Morsi from his position as well as 38 other leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. When this overthrow took place, the Egyptian military created a few enemies for themselves.
One of these enemies used to call themselves the Ansar Beit al-Maqdis (Champions of Jerusalem). They have recently joined forces with ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) and changed their name to the Province of Sinai. Earlier this week, the Province of Sinai attacked several military checkpoints in northern Sinai. Thus far, the death tolls are reportedly 100 attackers and 17 Egyptian militants.
There are reports that his was a very coordinated and organized attack. It also appears that several conspiring individuals posted their plans on twitter a few days prior. As one of the most stable countries in that area, several countries have an interest in preserving the state of the Egyptian country as it is. Although these attacks are small in nature, it is still a major sign of the growing tenacity of these major terrorist groups. Action must be taken from other supporters in order to curb these attacks and any future ones that may be attempted.