ISIS targets Christians in Egypt’s Sinai

The ISIS branch in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula has switched targets, terrorizing minority Christians, causing them to flee for their lives. I talked about this threat a few minutes go with host Bruce Sakalik on KQV Radio in Pittsburgh.

There have been at least seven attacks against Coptic Christians in Sinai in the past month, and 143 Coptic families have fled.

The cause of this wave appears to be the success of the Egyptian military in its campaign against the Islamic militants in Sinai. It’s similar to what’s happening in Iraq, where ISIS militants are taking to the hills to keep up their terror attacks as they lose ground on Mosul and elsewhere.

The Egyptian government is having problems protecting its Christian minority all over the country. Coptic Christians make up about 10 percent of the population of Egypt, and Islamists have been attacking them ever since the regime of longtime President Hosni Mubarak was overthrown in a popular revolution in 2011.

Mubarak, now 88, was released from prison a few days ago in another symbol of the failure of Arab Spring–the show trial of the deposed strongman on charges of ordering the killing of demonstrators fizzled out into the hospitalization of the ailing, aging leader, and finally into his release after Egyptian courts vacated the last of the convictions.

It’s a hallmark of what they now call “developing countries” to put the leaders of a deposed regime on trial after a revolution. Usually the automatic verdicts are carried out quickly. It’s to Egypt’s credit, I suppose, that the justice system was allowed to pursue the case to the end, even if it did take more than five years.


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