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ISIS Offensive in Sinai, Egypt, Targets Pyramids
Why has the West, including Europe, been blacked out about this major effort from ISIS in Egypt? There has been zero coverage in any US news media about this. But, for the last seven days, about 1000 ISIS soldiers have been battling 3000 Egyptian soldiers for Sheikh Zuweid area near Gaza and Israel. Using Apache gunships and jet aircraft, the Egyptian Army has been playing "whack-a-mole" since July 1st, when the offensive began. It has been a classic conventional versus guerrilla battle with Egyptian airstrikes occurring without regard for collateral damage during the day and ISIS attacks and movement during the night when much of the Egyptian airforce is grounded. The Egyptian soldiers conduct house to house operations. ISIS continues to make a major push by shifting many of its fighters from Iraq and from those in Libya.
The body count of ISIS dead has come to 250 so far, but as the Egyptian Army troops are moving to new locations, ISIS ambushes the convoy, which usually prompts a response of overwhelming bombing strikes. More worrisome is the the defense of the long Suez Canal and tourist sites like the Pyramids, the Sphinx of Giza. They have announced they plan to demolish this historical sites like they did at Palmyra.
Alarmed by this, Israel has created a new Special Force Brigade made from a composite of top Israeli men to combat ISIS as they near Israel. They have shut down Hwy. 12, which runs parallel to the Egyptian border up to Eilat. The new Commando Brigade is designed for quiet, bold, covert and effective action against terrorist groups posing a threat from the Sinai Desert to Egyptian sovereignty and Israel’s southern border. Consider this unit to be comparable to the US Seal Team Six. It uses every high tech and low tech tactic to ultimately destroy ISIS including undercover.
The Egyptian Army is trying to contain the Rafa area, west of Gaza, where much of ISIS is stoking discord among the various tribes. If ISIS can infiltrate closer to Cairo, even isolated groups, it will give a false impression that ISIS is winning. This has been part of their MO, creating fear among the local populations to obtain their dominance. How else could a city like Mosul, fall to less than 1000 ISIS men? Although defended by 20,000 Iraqi troops, the fear that ISIS used caused panic among the Iraqi Army, causing them to rout. ISIS simply walked in with little fighting.