An Egyptian Christian sits on a bench near a blood stain on a wall at the scene following a bombing inside Cairo's Coptic cathedral in Egypt December 11, 2016. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
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"Wanted" was emblazoned across photographs posted online by Daesh (ISIS).Coupled with the group's highest profile attack outside Sinai, the bombing of Cairo's Coptic Christian cathedral in December that killed 28, the online campaign shows that the group has extended operations to the rest of Egypt, a key U.S. ally seen as a bulwark against Islamist militancy in the region.Daesh claimed responsibility for seven attacks in Cairo last year, after mounting four in 2015 .Sisi denied lax security was to blame for the cathedral attack.Sisi does not make a distinction between the Brotherhood, which says it is peaceful, and Daesh. The Brotherhood denies resorting to violent tactics despite the government often linking it to attacks, including the cathedral bombing.The government says the group has tried to assassinate Sisi more than once.Sisi has called Islamist militants an existential threat and has made security a priority for Egypt, a country of more than 90 million people that has a peace treaty with Israel and which receives substantial military aid from Washington.
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