Podcast: The Mosque Attack in Egypt’s Sinai

Evacuation of victims from the site of Friday's attack on a mosque in Bir el-Abd in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, November 24, 2017

On Friday gunmen attacked worshippers at a Sunni mosque in Egypt’s northern Sinai Peninsula, killing at least 305 people.

Who is behind the attack? What are the causes, from long-standing conditions in the Sinai to groups linked to the Islamic State? Will the Egyptian regime’s reaction, which has already included airstrikes, resolve or worsen the situation?

I discussed all these questions with BBC Radio 4’s Sunday program.

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Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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