A hiker climbs a rocky area at the Closed Canyon in South Sinai, Egypt, in this November 21, 2015 file photo. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
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An Egyptian military effort to recruit and arm tribal fighters to take on Daesh (ISIS) militants in the Sinai is failing, according to security sources, Sinai residents and tribal figures. The military launched the program with much fanfare last year and tribal leaders pledged to provide hundreds of fighters. The scheme has been hampered by the military's reluctance to provide weapons to local fighters and by attacks by Daesh, which are scaring off would-be tribal troops.In January, Daesh wrote in its weekly magazine Naba, which runs news from the group's various branches, that the Sinai branch had killed 1,400 people – members of the military and police as well as collaborators and tribal fighters – in the previous 15 months.It wanted to team up with tribal leaders and local fighters who know the terrain.A security source said the tribal fighters can only use the guns to help secure checkpoints or to repel an attack.
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