Egypt laun­ches ‘re­ven­ge’ air­stri­kes on ISIS

Times of Suriname - - ENGELS -

EGYPT - The Egyp­ti­an mi­li­ta­ry has laun­ched air­stri­kes on “ter­ro­rist po­si­ti­ons” in the Si­nai pen­in­su­la “to ave­n­ge the blood” of its sol­diers kil­led in an at­tack on a mi­li­ta­ry check­point Fri­day, ac­cor­ding to an ar­my sta­te­ment. Whi­le the mi­li­ta­ry did not spe­ci­fi­cally na­me the group, ISIS clai­med res­pon­si­bi­li­ty for Fri­day’s at­tack that left at least 12 sol­diers and 15 of the as­sai­lants dead. Ac­cor­ding to the ar­my sta­te­ment, re­lea­sed Sa­tur­day, the three-hour air ope­ra­ti­on tar­ge­ted se­ve­r­al con­cen­tra­ti­ons of mi­li­tants, de­st­roy­ed am­mu­ni­ti­on and we­apons stor­a­ge fa­ci­li­ties, de­st­roy­ed se­ven ve­hi­cles and kil­led an un­spe­ci­fied num­ber of mi­li­tants. The at­tac­kers hit the check­point using four-wheel dri­ve ve­hi­cles, the Egyp­ti­an mi­li­ta­ry said. It’s the la­test at­tack in a batt­le for control over the Si­nai Pen­in­su­la bet­ween Isla­mist mi­li­tants and Egyp­ti­an for­ces. Mi­li­tan­cy in the Si­nai in­crea­sed dra­ma­ti­cally af­ter the ar­my top­pled Pre­si­dent Mo­ham­med Mor­si of the Mus­lim Bro­ther­hood in 2013. In Au­gust, the mi­li­ta­ry said it had kil­led a key ISIS-al­lied lea­der in the re­gi­on, along with do­zens of his figh­ters. (CNN)

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