Aveng­ing airstrikes seen as Sisi ‘di­ver­sion’

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CAIRO: Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent Ab­del Fat­tah al-Sisi was quick to launch airstrikes on mil­i­tants in Libya in re­sponse to a deadly at­tack on Cop­tic Chris­tians in Egypt, but the at­tacks do not seem to be tar­get­ing those re­spon­si­ble.

The re­sponse was pop­u­lar with many Egyp­tians. The coun­try’s state-owned and pri­vate news me­dia cel­e­brated it as swift jus­tice, but the pres­i­dent has been vague about ex­actly who he is at­tack­ing.

The strikes have been di­rected at Is­lamist groups other than Is­lamic State, which claimed re­spon­si­bil­ity for Fri­day’s mas­sacre of dozens in the south­ern prov­ince of Minya, and seem to be in­tended to shore up Sisi’s al­lies in east­ern Libya.

Bomb­ing the camps in Libya is seen as a di­ver­sion for a fail­ure to de­feat Is­lamists in­side Egypt. Reuters

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