Since 16 FEB 15 when Egyptian jets bombed Islamic State targets in Libya, a day after the group there released a video showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians, drawing Cairo directly into the conflict across its border, Egypt has been attempting to move ground forces into Libya.
Egyptian military has developed the military and political enviornment to a point that it is now ready to move ground forces into Libya. These forces will not only allow Egypt to go after ISIS but will position them in the area to be able to control the Libyan oil which is funding the ISIS financial coffers in the region.
“Military strategies need to recognise that the Middle East and North Africa are in the throes of a brutal process of change that is likely to play out over the years. Attempting to halt the process is futile; nurturing it with policies that encourage non-violent, non-sectarian change even if it means a redrawing of the region’s map and regime change will ultimately far better serve the reestablishment of regional peace and security. Short-term deterioration may be the price for long-term stability.”