IDF increasing fight against ISIS in Sinai
ISIS-Sinai Province has become the terrorist group’s most effective branch in the Middle East; Military Intelligence believe that an attack is likely be carried out in one of the towns near the Sinai border.
The IDF has increased its intelligence-gathering efforts over the last couple of months on the Islamic State’s Sinai branch.
Military Intelligence has added ‘heavy’ and classified operative layers to its efforts to increase and improve the collection and monitoring of Islamic State’s Sinai Province, which accuses Israel of supporting and assisting the Egyptian army in its war against its militants – sufficient grounds for them to target the IDF.
In the past year, since the terrorists in the Sinai Peninsula abandoned al-Qaeda and swore allegiance to Islamic State, the Sinai Province has become not only the most effective ISIS branch in the Middle East, but also one of its most compartmentalized.
The organization, which has thousands of armed militants – most of them locals – has recently started enjoying millions of dollars in aid from abroad and is able to carry out daily attacks against the Egyptian army. It is based and trains on a high level of secrecy, which makes it difficult for intelligence agencies to even single out its leader.
Recently, ISIS-Sinai Province has posted videos in which it calls for carrying out attacks against Israeli targets. The threat has not been translated into any concrete warnings, but Military Intelligence is working under the assumption that ISIS’s attack will take place without intelligence warning, and even if there is a warning, it will only come a short time before the attack.
Most of the IDF and Shin Bet’s monitoring of the Sinai is technological, due to the difficulty of using human agents to penetrate deep into the Jihadist
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