The wreckage of a tour bus that was targeted by a suicide bombing on February 16 is seen in the Egyptian south Sinai resort town of Taba on February 18, 2014.(AFP PHOTO / KHALED DESOUKI)
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With assassinations, suicide bombings and shootings, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis has earned a spot on the global jihad map and its bloody campaign spreading across Egypt is cause for alarm in the West, which sees the biggest Arab nation as a strategic partner.Ansar doesn't have the firepower to defeat Egypt's army, the biggest in the Arab world.In a video released on YouTube in December, Ansar said its mission had evolved from missile attacks on Israel and blowing up gas pipelines to a bloody campaign against Egyptian security forces and intelligence officials after Morsi's fall.Ansar warned tourists Monday to stay away from Egypt or face attack, part of an apparent tactical shift that could hit the government where it hurts most – the economy. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which means supporters of Jerusalem, has also exploited the struggle between Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and the army-installed government.The army has told the public that victory over Ansar is imminent.The government wants the process to go smoothly without more Ansar attacks that could shake confidence in security forces.The government makes no distinction between Ansar and the Muslim Brotherhood.
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