Key Points

The Trump administration has condemned the latest attack and reaffirmed its support for Egypt’s efforts to “combat terrorism and violence against religious communities.” To help Cairo overhaul its counterterrorism strategy, Washington should encourage the government to tackle the underlying causes of terrorism by combating the radical Islamist ideas that drive it. The United States should work with Egypt to advance policies that reform educational curricula, roll back policies discriminating against Copts and other religious communities, and foster the rule of law.

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The State Department condemned the terrorist attack on the NOC, and the threat from the Islamic State necessitates continued U.S. engagement in Libya. But the United States should also work with the GNA to bring an end to militia violence and prepare for credible and secure elections. Failure to do so would allow terrorist groups like IS to exploit the continued instability.

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