FILE - In this file photo taken Thursday, June 19, 2014, an al-Qaida-inspired militant stands guard at a checkpoint captured from the Iraqi Army outside Beiji refinery, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraq. As Islamic militants rampaged across northern Iraq in June, seizing vast swaths of territory and driving hundreds of thousands of people from their homes, the Shiite Turkmens living in the hardscrabble town of Amirli decided to stay and fight. (AP Photo, File)

Islamic State militants man checkpoints and perform security inspections in Sinai’s Al-Arish

Images have emerged of Islamic State militants manning checkpoints and performing security inspections in the city of Al-Arish, located in the northern Sinai Peninsula. The Islamic State published pictures of its fighters armed with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades, moving through traffic and inspecting the IDs of Egyptian drivers. 

Al-Arish is the capital of the North of Sinai and the largest city on the entire peninsula. The city also lies at the heart of friction between Egyptian security forces and the extreme Muslim group. In recent months the Islamic State in the lawless Sinai Peninsula has declared its priorities, the first of which was to target Christians living on territory they control, secondly target the Egyptian military and security forces loyal to President Abdel Fattah al Sisi, and thirdly, to annihilate the Jewish state.