CAN ISIS BE OBLITERATED?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Nov. 24, 2017) — The U.S. State Department on Friday condemned “in the strongest terms” an attack on an Islamic house of worship in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula which killed approximately 235 people and injured more than 100.
The UK Telegraph reported that it is likely that only men were present in the mosque when the attack occurred, possibly representing the majority of the male population of Bir al-Abed, which is located very close to the Mediterranean Sea.
In the early afternoon, President Trump said he would call Al-Sisi to express his condolences.
It is believed that an offshoot of the barbaric terrorist organization ISIS, or ISIL, is responsible based on previous attacks. The mosque’s worshipers practice a form of Islam, Sufi, which ISIS considers to be “a form of sorcery.”
An ISIS affiliate carried out attacks in the same area earlier this year targeting Christians. In May, 26 Coptic Christians were killed after the bus in which they were traveling was attacked by men dressed in police uniforms possibly connected to ISIS.
That brutality followed two Palm Sunday attacks on Coptic Christians which killed 44 and injured in excess of 100, prompting a three-month state of emergency in Egypt.
On Thursday, ISIS killed 15 of its own members in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan.
Following Friday’s attack, Egypt will be observing a three-day period of mourning.
Egypt has been struggling to contain ISIS since at least 2014.
During a visit to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia last May to discuss ways to combat Islamic terrorism, Trump and al-Sisi appeared to be developing a cordial and respectful relationship.