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Sisi defeats terrorism 7 years after mounting Egypt's saddle

Friday 04/June/2021 - 07:03 PM
The Reference
Mahmud Mohamadi

On June 3 seven years ago, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi won the presidential elections.

These seven years bore witness to a huge number of achievements on the economic, political and development fronts.

Egypt has succeeded in becoming a model state for the rest of the world, especially when it comes to the fight against terrorism, reconstruction and retaining its regional leadership.

Roots of terrorism

Terrorism or what is known as "Islamist extremism" is not foreign to Egypt. This extremism did not appear with the accession of President Sisi to power.

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded as a religious group in 1928 by Hassan al-Bana. In the 1940s, the group started having political activities. Together with this, the group also started a violent course aiming at achieving political ends. This was why the Muslim Brotherhood was outlawed in the 1950s.

The Brotherhood gave rise to dozens of other terrorist organizations that staged terrorist attacks to achieve their objectives.

These organizations were most active during the 1970s until the late 1990s. They assassinated Egyptian president Anwar al-Sadat in 1981 and staged numerous attacks on Christians in southern Egypt. The same organizations also attacked tourists and tourist facilities in different parts of Egypt.

Terrorist groups continued to target the Egyptian tourism sector until the early 2000s. These attacks reemerged after the 2011 uprising, especially after Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi became president.

Soon after Morsi's ouster in June 2013, terrorist groups resumed their activities and killed a large number of innocent people.