It is pouring video clips and statements from here and there.
I should have spoken earlier about that distrubing video, yes the video all Egypt was speaking about.: The IS' special video in Sinai.
From a week ago IS released a 30 minutes video showing its affiliated militant group " Agnad Beit Al-Maqdis" or "ABM" and their operations against the Egyptian army.
In an extremely graphic video showing several operations against armed forces , the ABM is showing off its capabilities whether in media or in combat. Using Go-Pro cameras installed on rifles and high definition quality video , these guys know how to make a short documentary to shake the morale of their enemy.
They included several of their operations against the army and police whether in North Sinai or even in North coast , in West of Egypt last summer. Yes the operations we know about and the operations we do not know about in daylight.
They also included horrifying footage from the deadly attack on an army checkpoint in Sheikh Zowaid last October where over 30 army personnel have been killed.
It is truly shocking and sad video. Heartbreaking to say the least.
The army said that it was investigating the video and its pro-media claimed that it was filmed by Hamas as usual. The sad reality is that the locals in Sinai identified those suspects who turned to be killed by the army from several weeks ago allegedly in some security against terrorist groups. I fear that we are losing our first and most important defense line in Sinai : The locals who are facing hell because of that war.
Committing human rights crimes won't help you in your war against terrorism , it has never been helpful and it won't be. Simply almost all terrorist groups in the Middle East flourish thanks oppression and lack of human rights. They present themselves as the savior for those oppressed. Part of winning the war against them is to fight all those reasons of their existance including oppression and injustice.
The videos filmed by ABM showed our soliders and officers untrained in a distrubing way forcing us to ask about their training. Needless to say this is a pscyhological warfare video so you expect your enemy to show you like that.
I know that our army , a conventional army is fighting an enemy that depends upon the gurriella warfare. Conventional armies rarely win guriella warfare as long as they do not go unconventional. I think the army people know that better than me .
Without doubt the video raises many questions about the military and security strategies adopted in Sinai and whether we are on the right track if there are any real strategies at all. If we were a truly democratic country with freely and democratic elected parliament with a true national security committee , we would have public hearings or even secret ones discussing those 30 minutes.
In any other country all those responisible for the Sinai file in the past decade including the president himself would be standing in hearing sessions to speak about what is happening in Sinai for real. All the ex-military turned in to Strategic analysts are claiming the video was actually a proof that the army is winning the war. The problem is that those are the same strategic analyts who are claiming that the whole universe is plotting against us.
If we were truly democratic country , our fellow Egyptians' blood would not be so cheap whether citizens from Sinai or security personnel.
The ABM video was removed from YouTube due its extreme graphic content but you can find it in other places.
This video comes after the announcement of Beit Al-Maqdis that it pledged alliagance to the notorious group claiming the Caliphate in Levant. ABM has changed its name now to become "Sinai state"
The video also comes after that mysterious unprecendent attack against the Egyptian navy in the Mediterranean sea. Up till this moment we do not know exactly what hapened on that day. The Egyptian armed forces' morale department has not issued a single official statement about what happened leaving it to rumors and speculations. We already got several theories and versions of what happened. All of them are scary.
The morale department has not officially issued an official statement about the attack at Sheikh Zowaid checkpoint either.
Aside from the daily statements at the Official spokesperson about the endless "elements" that are being killed and endless tunnels destroyed , the morale department released a video to fire back at the ABM's video.
The video is a production of old propaganda school and had mistakes like for instance using aerial footage of some air strike in Western desert instead of air strike in Sinai. The one who spotted that mistake were the social media users who checked the coordinations in the footage and found out it was in the West desert and not in Sinai.
Sometimes I feel that in this unconventional war , we do not need videos from Morale department to fire back at IS but rather video messages from groups like Mosireen.
Now Pro-regime "any regime in Egypt" Al-Mahawar TV network produced a pathetic TV ad starting a group of Egyptian celebs from actors , singers and TV hosts saying no to terrorism and to IS.
Of course in this ad we found out that terrorists killed Police General El-Batran , unleashed the great prison break on 28 January 2011 and killed Shiekh Emad Effat during the cabinet HQ clashes in December 2011. Yeah History is being edited in front of our eyes. Ministry of truth does not waste time in Cairo.
Anyhow that "No to terrorism" ad turned in to a meme among young Egyptians. It had to turn in to a meme with spoof videos. The video is actually a black comedy.
Needless to say , we are facing a media war and unfortunately we are losing it as usual. Our regime still thinks that is in 1960s not even in 1990s , we are in the 21st century.
I fear on Sinai and our people there whether from locals or security. I fear we will have another 1967 setback if we continue to use that 1960s mindset.
May God bless the souls of our martyrs.