Reuters quotes Vice President and Rafik Hariri Center Director Francis Ricciardone on the support for Egyptian President Sisi’s anti-terrorism campaign: 

Mr Francis J. Ricciardone, Jr., who served as the US ambassador to Egypt from 2005 to 2008, said that many Egyptians support the Sisi government’s anti-terrorism campaign.

“Egyptians understandably are frightened and so tend to see’the enemy’ as a single agglomeration of internal and external forces, all the more terrifying and sinister for its polymorphism,” Mr Ricciardone, now vice president of the Atlantic Council, said in an e-mail. “Thus they want that dragon definitively slain, with a ferocity and relentlessness at least equal to the enemy’s.”

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