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Sisi’s repressive response, which has included evicting thousands of families suspected of supporting the jihadists from their homes, has failed to quell the insurgency.
According to Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies, the number of terrorist operations in Egypt in 2014-’16 reached 1,165.
Almost immediately, Sisi began cracking down on dissent from all sides.
When pro-Morsi demonstrators staged a peaceful sit-in in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya Square on August 14, 2013, to protest Morsi’s ouster, Sisi’s troops gunned them down.
And for all of that, Sisi hasn’t actually done a very good job of fighting terrorism.
On July 3, 2013, Sisi, who was the head of Egypt’s armed forces, mounted a coup that overthrew the democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi.
Morsi had alienated broad swaths of the country by pursuing a pro–Muslim Brotherhood agenda, taking steps to sideline the country’s powerful military, and failing to stabilize the country’s ailing economy.
This is Sisi’s first official state visit to Washington as Egypt’s president.ISIS-linked militants in the Sinai claimed responsibility.Trump appears to have confused Sisi’s successful repression of political dissidents, like the Muslim Brotherhood, with his relatively ineffective and heavy-handed attempts to combat actual terrorists.“We have taken several measures to ensure activists don’t have breathing space and are unable to gather, and several cafes and other meeting places have been closed, while some have been arrested in order to scare the rest,” an official at Egypt’s homeland security agency told Reuters last January.The crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist organization that maintained an armed wing for decades but now says it is committed to pursuing its goals through electoral means, fueled a low-grade insurgency pitting jihadists in Egypt’s strategic Sinai Peninsula against government security forces.