Michael Maloof, a former Pentagon official, also believes that Washington likely provided Cairo with intelligence and the coordinates for the air raid.
“Al Sisi takes any attack from terrorists like this as very important,” Maloof said. “He probably also received intelligence from the Unites States that helped pinpoint locations.”
“Having Egypt undertake this kind of response sends an important message to [the terrorists] that Egypt is not fooling around any longer, and there will be response,” the expert emphasized.
“Libya still remains a very important jump off point. In fact, ISIS one time saw Libya as their base for the continent of Africa,” Maloof added.