Egypt has made an epic Ramadan series about the battle with ISIS: The Choice الإختيار

A new show in Egypt (الإختيار) that will come out for Ramadan looks at the battle in Sinai between Egyptian forces and Sinai. An unusual, current and potentially controversial topic to show Egyptian forces up against extremists in what looks like a film that is not just Rambo-like bravado but shows complexity and difficulty in the battle against ISIS in Sinai that has cost large numbers of lives. Earlier teasers came out in March.

The story called Al-Ikhtiyar or the Choice is based on the life of Ahmed al-Mansi (احمد المنسي), who was a colonel in the Egyptian forces and was killed in 2017 in Sinai. Born in Minya al-Qamm in 1978 he attended military college and was in the 103rd “Thunderbolt” unit in North Sinai. “Colonel Ahmed Al-Mansi died on July 7, 2017, as a result of the suicide attack on his battalion in the city of Rafah, along with ten other soldiers in North Sinai, after he showed remarkable heroism in the face of terrorist elements.”

His death was reported in western media at the time, CBS reported “Islamic militants unleashed a suicide car bomb and heavy gunfire on an Egyptian military checkpoint in northeastern Sinai Peninsula on Friday, leaving at least 23 soldiers dead and 33 more wounded…The dead included a high ranking special forces officer, Col. Ahmed el-Mansi. Ambulance sirens were heard from a distance as they rushed to the site. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren’t authorized to speak to the media.”

In December there was some discussion about controversy regarding the late colonel’s family and the series (see here).

Details in Arabic about the filming and production can be read here and here and here and here and here and here. It appears it was edited quickly for Ramadan.


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