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Coptic Christians targeted in Egypt, Ramadan in the time of ISIS, Trump’s unpredictability, and more
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Religious Violence: Gunmen killed 28 Coptic Christians in an attack on a bus in Egypt’s El-Minya governorate today. Though no group has claimed responsibility yet, ISIS has targeted Copts in the past—and has taken advantage of Egypt’s existing sectarian climate to do so. The attack comes less than a day before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, a time of fasting, prayer, and atonement that ISIS has marked with deadly attacks in recent years. President Trump condemned such terrorism in his Ramadan message—a departure from the tone of his predecessors’ statements.

Leadership Questions: Though Trump’s first trip abroad has gone smoothly so far, his stops in Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Brussels also highlighted the unpredictability of his foreign policy: For instance, he declined to affirm

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