Army spokesman, Colonel Tamer al-Rifae, addresses the nation on television this morning
Considering that the deadline set by President Sisi to crush Islamic State and other jihadist groups will pass in a matter of weeks, Egypt has launched one of its largest ever counter-terrorism operations. It is deploying armed forces against jihadist militants across North Sinai and the Nile delta.
To demonstrate its resolve, the military issued a video showing scores of tanks and armoured vehicles ready for the assault, backed by attack helicopters and fighter jets.
In what sounded like a war cry, the Army Spokesman told the nation in a televised address:
“This morning [the security forces] have implemented the comprehensive operation against terrorist and criminal organisations in North and central Sinai as well as parts of the Nile delta and the desert west of the Nile valley.
“The aim is to tighten control of Egyptian borders and to . . . clean up areas where there are terrorist hotbeds.”