Islamic State Central Egypt / Islamic State Upper Egypt / Soldiers of the Caliphate in Egypt (SoCE / ISISE)

Completely IndependentThe Islamic State Sinai branch is not the only group operating under the IS banner in Egypt.  Islamic State Central Egypt / Islamic State Upper Egypt better known as Soldiers of the Caliphate in Egypt (SoCE) is a separate branch that, though cooperative with IS Sinai, operates completely independently from IS Sinai.  The first appearance of SoCE was an IED attack on the Italian Consulate in Cairo on 11 July 2015.(Video & Claim) Islamic State (in Egypt NOT ISS) claims responsibility for IED explosion at the Italian Consulate in Cairo, Egypt - 11 July 2015Targeting Specifically CopticsSoCE attempts to weaken the Egyptian community by creating a sectarian environment.   By using is influence and presence on the ground and inciting religious minorities to take up arms, it justifies fighting as a defensive jihad - defending Sunni Muslims who have lost confidence in the Egyptian Government.  Key to this strategy is targeting and…

Islamic State Central Egypt / Islamic State Upper Egypt / Soldiers of the Caliphate in Egypt (SoCE / ISISE), also known as Islamic State Upper Egypt, Jund al-Khilafa bi Ard al Kenana is an active group formed c. 2015.

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