Daesh-linked group in Sinai attacks gas pipeline to Jordan

On 6 January 2016, militants apparently connected to Daesh with the name “Wilayat Sinai” attacked an oil pipeline carrying gas into Jordan. Reports say that the attack took place in the northern Sinai Peninsula near the village of al-Midan. There are conflicting reports about the impact it had, as one report claimed that the pipeline had been out of service since it was last targeted in May, while another claimed that the attack did interrupt gas service.
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The image above comes from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Gas_Pipeline

As the map shows, the pipeline does not service Israel. Rather, Jordan has drawn the ire of Daesh by joining a coalition of Arab nations allied with the USA to fight against Daesh. In the tweet below, Jordan is referred to as “tawagheet” or tyrants. This term has a strong discursive meaning for supporters of Daesh who direct it at the monarchies and secular autocrats in the Arab Middle East who oppress Islamic groups inside their borders and align themselves with the West.

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If these initial reports are correct, it seems to be the same branch of Daesh that claimed responsibility for downing a Russian airliner several months ago. This is, to my knowledge, the first time that Daesh or affiliated groups have targeted infrastructure outside of Syria/Iraq rather than civilians. The latter seemed to be their preferred target, as evidenced by attacks in Beirut and Paris as well as Egypt. Daesh has also expressed its anger at the Egyptian state, accusing it of bombing mosques. We’ll have to wait and see if attacks on infrastructure like this become a regular facet of Daeshi terrorism.

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