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Vol 56 No 6

Published 20th March 2015


Egypt

Sinai militants rebrand

The army is claiming major success against Islamists in the peninsula but the newest affiliate of IS may be doing better than Cairo claims

Sinai's leading jihadist organisation, Ansar Beit el Makdis, publicly declared its affiliation to the 'Islamic State' (IS/Da'ish) and its 'Caliph' Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, last November and now goes by the name Wilayat Sina (Sinai Province). The IS influence shows mainly in broadcasting videos of beheadings, in the style of chanting and in the black flags. While other changes of tone are evident, violence is still the main tactic.

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