A picture taken on November 25, 2017, shows the Rawda mosque, roughly 40 kilometres west of the North Sinai capital of El-Arish, after a gun and bombing attack. AFP / STR
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Why can't the Arab world's largest army beat some 1,000 Islamist militants in Sinai?Such an excuse is flimsy, considering terrorists recently struck inside rural Egypt and killed nearly 50 military personnel.It seems that the Egyptian military, even reportedly with the help of several friendly intelligence services, has failed to win the war against this unrelenting terrorism, which threatens Egypt and the reputation of the country's military.It's no secret that the country is faced with threats from three sides, namely along the border with Libya, through which ISIS (Daesh) can smuggle arms and men into the country; the Wilayat Sinai militant group, in which a handful of terrorist organizations operate; and the internal menace of Muslim Brotherhood sleeper cells carrying out sporadic bloody operations.
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