It should be anticipated the Muslim Brotherhood will intensify calls for further attacks against Egyptian authorities – especially given the el-Sisi support for Israel’s efforts against Hamas. The Brotherhood and Hamas are ideological brethren. With Libya in a state of civil war and crisis, the Eastern Libya border to Egypt will be used by the severe Islamists as an incursion zone to attack.
Remember the most hated man in the region (by the terrorists) is not Benjamin Netanyahu, it is Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi . President el-Sisi has deconstructed the terror networks, arrested the brotherhood members, and jailed the violent extremists.
VIA BBC – Gunmen have killed at least 15 soldiers in an attack on a checkpoint in western Egypt, security officials say.
The attackers used grenade launchers and heavy machine guns when they attacked the desert post some 390 miles (630km) west of Cairo, officials said. It is not yet clear who carried out the assault. Militants have intensified a campaign against the security forces since the Islamist president Mohammed Morsi was ousted from power just over a year ago. (link)
el-Sisi stands alone.
Egypt has a massive border with Libya. Most of the severe al-Qaeda elements are in the Northeastern Libya corridor around Benghazi, Darnah and Bayda. However, with internal Islamist fighting around Tripoli and Misrata for control of Libyan government, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Groups will also coordinate attacks into Egypt with their Muslim Brotherhood colleagues.
This is a dangerous time for Egyptian President el-Sisi. He has to focus on the northern border region to stop Hamas from regrouping against Israel, and yet protect his Western border from attacks coming from Libya.
You can see from the maps and the conflicts in the headlines what a precarious position el-Sisi is in. Fortunately he has a devoted, loyal and strong following amid the Egyptian people and the Egyptian military. He is heavily respected by all of those who oppose terrorism.
Secretary Kerry with President Khalil el-Sisi
The relationship between the Egyptian Government and the U.S. Obama administration is tenuous at best. The majority secular Egyptian people despise Obama and Hillary Clinton for supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. Conversely, the White House has generally cold shouldered el-Sisi with President Obama refusing to call and congratulate him after the election. Obama is on the wrong side of history in this conflict.