EGYPT: ‘ Islamic State Fighting to Redraw the Middle Eastern Map ‘

#AceWorldNews – EGYPT (Cairo) – September 06 – (Reuters) – Islamic State, fighting to redraw the map of the Middle East, has been coaching Egypt’s most dangerous militant group, complicating efforts to stabilize the biggest Arab nation.

​Confirmation that Islamic Sate, currently the most successful of the region’s jihadi groups, is extending its influence to Egypt will sound alarm bells in Cairo, where the authorities are already facing a security challenge from home-grown militants.

​A senior commander from the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which has killed hundreds of members of the Egyptian security forces over the last year, said Islamic State has provided instructions on how to operate more effectively.

"They teach us how to carry out operations. We communicate through the internet," the commander, who asked to remain anonymous, told Reuters.

"They don’t give us weapons or fighters. But they teach us how to create secret cells, consisting of five people. Only one person has contact with other cells."

​Militant groups and the Egyptian state are old foes. Some of al Qaeda’s most notorious and wanted by FBI commanders, including its current leader Ayman al-Zawahri, are Egyptian.

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