CAIRO: The number of anti-government demonstrations and attacks on Egyptian security forces declined considerably during the second half of 2015, the U.S. State Department said Thursday.
In its annual report on global terrorist activity for 2015, the U.S. State Department said the decline is attributed to the Egyptian government continuous efforts “to confront active terrorist groups, which conducted deadly attacks on government, military, and civilian targets throughout the country.”
The report also includes statistics on terrorist activity occurred in Egypt in 2015, including the assassination of Egyptian Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat.
The report also listed several militant groups that have carried out terrorist operations in 2015 adding that these groups “receive some external financial and logistical support as a result of their affiliation with ISIL, there is no evidence of a significant presence of non-Egyptian foreign terrorist fighters in Egypt.”
“The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)-Sinai Province (ISIL-SP) remained a significant threat; however, a new group calling itself “Islamic State Egypt,” distinct from ISIL Sinai, has begun to claim responsibility for terrorist attacks outside of Sinai,” according to the report.
It also stated that in spite of the Egyptian army’s effort in combating terrorism in restive Sinai and elsewhere, its success was limited in combating terrorist groups.
“The Egyptian Armed Forces launched a stepped-up counterterrorism campaign (known as Operation “Right of the Martyr”) against ISIL-SP on September 7. The EAF also continued to seize and destroy numerous tunnels used for smuggling between Egypt and Gaza,” the report added.
The report also said that Iran remained the foremost state sponsor of terrorism in 2015, providing a range of support, including financial, training, and equipment, to groups around the world.
A total of 11,774 terrorist attacks in 92 countries occurred in 2015, which resulted in more than 28,300 total deaths. according to the report.