There’s an easy way to determine who our best allies are in the Middle East. They’re the ones being attacked by Islamic jihadists. We have the Kurds. We have Jordan. I witnessed the UAE Special Forces operate in Afghanistan and fly missions against ISIS and the jihadists in Libya. And now, the fight has been brought to bear against Egypt. This is the Egypt of President Abdel Fattah al Sisi, former head of the Egyptian Army, who’s taken on the Muslim Brotherhood — seemingly to the chagrin of our own President Obama.
As reported by the Times of Israel:
Egyptian F-16 jets struck Islamic State group militants in the Sinai Peninsula where dozens were killed in attacks and ongoing clashes Wednesday, security officials and a witness said.
Security officials said the fighter jets bombarded IS positions in the town of Sheikh Zuweid, where the militants had taken up positions on rooftops and mined streets leading to the police station.
The strikes came in response to a wave of simultaneous attacks by Islamist fighters, including suicide car bombings, on Egyptian army checkpoints in the restive northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 70 soldiers, security and military, officials said.
Later in the day, a special forces team killed nine members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, including a former member of parliament, in a raid on an apartment in Cairo’s Sixth of October district, security officials said. The team was fired upon when they entered the home and returned fire, killing the nine men. No security forces were wounded, said the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to brief the press.
One of the dead was Nasr al-Hafi, a former deputy in the lower house of parliament for the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice party, while the other was a Brotherhood leader, Abdel-Fattah Mohamed Ibrahim.
For those who haven’t been following, it was former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi — whom President Obama embraced and supported — who allowed jihadists to infiltrate and establish themselves in the Sinai Peninsula. The purpose was to have a base — a sanctuary — from which they could launch attacks against the Egyptian military and anyone opposing the Muslim Brotherhood leadership and government. It was basically Morsi’s terrorist army enlisted to bolster his implementation of harsh Islamic rule.
Think about the American political leaders who classified then General al Sisi’s action as a “coup.” As well as the Obama administration’s supplying of heavy military weaponry to the Morsi Muslim Brotherhood government. This was anything but a coup. It was the reestablishment of some semblance of order and hope for Egypt’s future. Under Morsi, Egypt was most certainly on its way to becoming an Islamic jihadist base of operations, fully supportive of Hamas.
Under al-Sisi, Egypt’s done a bang-up job distancing itself and isolating Hamas. It’s conducted airstrikes against ISIS and Islamic jihadists after the savage barbaric beheadings of its citizens. These were Coptic Christians, by the way — but for this new Egyptian leader, they were Egyptian first, and so is he. We reported to you earlier this year of President al Sisi’s address to Islamic jurists and clerics. And he’s been known to visit the Christian community during their holy celebrations. And guess what, he doesn’t use revisionist moral equivalency history recounting the Crusades.
Am I the only one who notices the apparent difference in a nation’s leadership by a leader who’s served in its armed forces? The action against these unlawful enemy combatants is swift and merciless. This is not about “bringing charges,” “granting rights” or campaign promises of shutting down detainment facilities. Leaders such as Sisi and Abdullah of Jordan know that an enemy has to be crushed. Just like the former Airborne Commando who’s the Prime Minister of Israel, Benyamin Netanyahu. They realize this isn’t about giving speeches and holding photo op summits and meetings. Rather, it’s about taking the fight to the enemy and crush them where they lay.
Based on what just happened to U.S. Army Special Forces Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, the Egyptian special forces team who capped those Muslim Brotherhood bastards would be investigated for war crimes if not every one of those nine killed were not armed.
The Egyptian-coordinated assaults in Sinai came a day after Egypt’s president pledged to step up the battle against Islamic militants and two days after the country’s state prosecutor, Hisham Barakat, was assassinated in the capital, Cairo. The attacks’ scope and intensity underscored the resilience and advance planning militants who’ve for years battled Egyptian security forces in northern Sinai, but intensified their insurgency over the past two years just as the government threw more resources into the drawn-out fight.
Would it not be appropriate for President Obama to join forces with Egypt and crush the Islamic jihadist threat in the Sinai? After all, I would hardly say our “training programs” for Syrian rebels and the Iraqi Army are going well exactly. Here we have two very competent and capable ground forces with whom we can ally to defeat the jihadists. And then we have the Kurds in northern Iraq and Syria — sounds like a ground force. And hey — guess what — the Egyptian Army didn’t run away!
The Times of Israel writes:
Egypt’s military spokesman, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Samir, said fighting was still underway in the area between the armed forces and the militants.
Samir’s statement, posted on his official Facebook page, said some 70 militants attacked five checkpoints in northern Sinai and that Egyptian troops killed 22 of them and destroyed three all-terrain vehicles fitted with antiaircraft guns.
Northern Sinai has over the past two years witnessed a series of complex and successful attacks targeting Egyptian security forces, many of which have been claimed by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, a local affiliate of the Islamic State group which now calls itself the Province of Sinai.
We need a Commander-in-Chief and Secretary of Defense who can restore our trust and credibility with our allies — those in the fight. The enemy is establishing many bases of operations and sanctuaries which need to be isolated, cordoned and eliminated. It requires a systemic global and regional strategy — which is currently non-existent.
I just want to say to the Egyptian military: keep kicking their arse!