Egypt forms unified command to fight terrorism in Sinai

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said on Saturday that the country faces a long, hard battle against militancy, days after one of the bloodiest attacks on security forces in years.

Egypt forms unified command to fight terrorism in Sinai
World Bulletin / News Desk
Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Saturday ordered the formation of a unified command for the eastern Suez region with the aim of fighting terrorism in the region, which also includes the restive Sinai Peninsula.

In a presidential degree, the Egyptian President appointed Gen. Rushdi Askar, one of the top leaders of the Egyptian army, as the commander of the new force after promoting him to Lieutenant General, according Egypt's state television.  

The new decision by al-Sisi comes only two days after a series of terrorist attacks that targeted military and security sites in North Sinai left at least 30 people dead, and dozens of others injured.

The attacks were claimed by Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, a militant movement that has changed its name to "Welayet Sinai" (the State of Sinai) last year after it swore allegiance to ISIL.

Al-Sisi, who was in Ethiopia attending the African summit when the latest attacks took place in North Sinai on Monday, had to end his participation in the summit and come back to Egypt.

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