"The death toll in a bomb and gun attack on a Sufi mosque in northern Sinai has risen to 305, with 27 children among the dead," CNN reports:
- "The attackers had long beards and hair, were wearing military fatigues and were armed with heavy machine guns ... One of those who entered the mosque was carrying an ISIS flag."
- Why it matters: "[I]f it turns out ISIS militants are behind the latest attack, 'it reflects their willingness to continue to do large operations that have large civilian casualties,' [said] Timothy Kaldas, a non-resident fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy."
- What's next: "President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi vowed to respond to the massacre — believed to be the deadliest terror attack on the country's soil — with 'brute force.'"
Trump response: "We have to get TOUGHER AND SMARTER than ever before, and we will. Need the WALL, need the BAN! God bless the people of Egypt."
P.S. "[T]he Islamic State is targeting Western recruits with videos suggesting they, too, can be heroes like Bruce Willis' character in 'Die Hard.'" (AP)