Egypt’s Low-Burn Insurgency

Islamic State and its jihadist allies are targeting Western-allied governments in the Middle East, and lately they’ve turned their bombs on Egypt. The low-burn insurgency there isn’t an urgent threat to the Cairo government, but it needs watching and perhaps some American help to put down.

A bomb planted under a car exploded near a Cairo courthouse on Monday, killing two people and maiming nine, according to the Egyptian government. Another bomb killed two in the southern city of Aswan on Sunday, and a similar wave of explosions rocked Giza last week. These are the latest of many attacks targeting the cities of the densely populated Nile Delta in a notable escalation of terrorism that had been mostly confined to the Sinai Peninsula.