ISIS wants to destroy Egypt’s tourism industry so as to weaken its economy and ultimately destabilise and bring down the Sisi government. Then it hopes to take advantage of the resulting chaos to impose a sharia government. And certainly there are many in Egypt who would like to see such a government, even if they don’t want ISIS leading it.
“ISIS Tells Jihadis to Target ‘Christian Tourists,’ Truth Revolt, March 1, 2018:
The Islamic State is urging its followers in Egypt to carry out terror attacks targeting Christian tourists in a bid to ‘embarrass’ the ruling El-Sisi government and destroy the country’s tourist economy, the UK newspapers report. The call to massacre Christians, Jews and other non-Muslims was made in the Islamic State’s online magazine Al-Naba.
ISIS and other jihadi groups have carried out a series of terror attacks against Western tourists in Egypt and other North African countries. Last July, two German women were murdered by a suspected ISIS terrorist in a stabbing attack at a hotel resort in Egypt.
In recent years, ISIS has established a base of operations in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. The ISIS affiliates in Sinai are trying to topple President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who took power in 2014 after ousting the short-lived Muslim Brotherhood government.
British newspaper The Sun reported:
ISIS killers have urged fighters to turn holiday hot-spots in Egypt into bloodbaths by murdering “Christian” tourists. (…)
An editorial in the ISIS weekly Al-Naba, which was released online, explicitly threatens attacks.
It tells ISIS operatives to intensify their attacks against “belligerent” Christians and tourists in the country.
The article says: “And it is worth mentioning in these days that the mujahideen in all regions of Egypt aim to escalate their attacks against the apostates, belligerent Christians, and the polytheists from among the tourists [i.e. Christian and Jewish tourists], and others.”
And the Middle East monitoring group MEMRI revealed that one ISIS supporter in the region wrote on the messaging channel Telegram: “The infidel Egyptian regime is attempting to demonstrate its presence, flaunt its power and take pride in itself therefore:
“Operations targeting the Christians and seizing their property will embarrass the regime and show it up more than targeting the military and police.
“Kidnapping foreigners and tourists will greatly embarrass the regime and destroy its economy.”…