Egypt Struggles with Jihadist Challenge in Sinai : A series of attacks by the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) jihadist group against military checkpoints and facilities in northeast Sinai on January 29 killed at least 32 Egyptian soldiers and policemen, making this among the deadliest attacks in Egypt in decades.
Before the June 30, 2013 coup that overthrew Muhammad Mursi, Egypt’s first civilian elected president, terrorist operations in Egypt were far fewer in number and scale, focusing mainly on blowing up gas pipelines supplying Egyptian gas to neighboring Israel. However, after the violent crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood supporters orchestrated by then-Defense Minister Abd al-Fatah al-Sisi in the summer of 2013, radicalism became viewed as the only means of expressing critical views of the political system.
An Egyptian farmer was sentenced for one year in jail for putting the name of the country’s military chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and an army cap on his donkey, the donkey was confiscated because “if there is no donkey, there is no crime”.
A 4-month-old baby with a fever was allegedly refused treatment in Kafr el-Sheikh General Hospital by a senior doctor and Muslim Brotherhood supporter upon discovering the baby was named “Sisi” after General Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, Egypt’s defense minister who overthrew the former Islamist President Mohamed Morsy on July 3, 2013.