Jihadist Nexus That Created Group at Center of Russia Jet Probe

November 6, 2015 9:10 AM

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A terrorist bomb is emerging as the most likely explanation for the Russian plane crash in Egypt on Saturday, according to U.S. and U.K. officials. If it turns out to have been the Islamic State affiliate which claimed responsibility, it would surprise few familiar with its rapid rise.

Known originally as Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, or Supporters of the Holy House in Jerusalem, the group’s origins can be traced to a series of attacks by militants on Red Sea tourist resorts in the Sinai between 2004 and 2006. The violence left at least 145 people dead, and marked the beginning of a more ...

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