The beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts by the Libyan branch of ISIS has thrown down a challenge to Egypt and its leader. Egypt immediately responded by launching airstrikes against ISIS strongholds in Libya. Following the attack, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for a United Nations resolution to back the international coalition to intervene in Libya. According to the Egyptian president “there is no other choice” as the Libyan people and government called on them to act.
Sisi wants to take advantage of the current dramatic situation to lead the war on ISIS and take back decisive positions on the Middle Eastern chessboardMaria Dubovikova