Special Report: How Cairo is taking the fight to Sinai militants

February 4, 2015 10:36 AM

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HUSAYNAT, Egypt (Reuters) - At a remote spot in the Sinai desert last month, a commander of Egypt's most feared Islamist group outlined his hopes of toppling the country's government.

"We execute the wishes of God," the commander told a Reuters reporter who had been taken to the location blindfolded in mid January. The militant spoke in a small room with an open window. Outside, a desert wind blew over the barren landscape. "We will create an Islamic state in Egypt," he said.

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