Egypt reports major success in Sinai Peninsula terrorism crackdown

Egypt reports major success in Sinai Peninsula terrorism crackdown

Egypt reports major success in Sinai Peninsula terrorism crackdown

Egypt's air force pounded militant targets in northern and central Sinai early on Saturday, the military said, the second day of an assault to try and crush an insurgency that has killed hundreds of people since 2013.

Last Friday, police and army announced that they will be on high alert for the duration of Operation Sinai 2018.

President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has ordered the military to defeat Islamists in the region by the end of this month.

The growing military cooperation between Israel and Egypt has always been rumored and in June, Israel's Institute for National Security Studies (INSS) noted that if the frequent claims of anti-terror coordination were accurate it would show "the level of trust between the nations has reached the point where Israel is providing various military, technological and operational intelligence to Egypt and is operating attack UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) in Sinai with Cairo's approval".

The air force also discovered and destroyed an explosives-making laboratory and a communications centre, as well as six cannabis and opium fields, he said. Members of the armed forces are barred by law from expressing political opinions in Egypt. Konsowa said he had submitted his resignation to the army in 2014 and it was denied.

The Sinai peninsula, where Egypt's most active militants are based, borders Israel and the Gaza Strip.

And last September Sissi met Netanyahu for the first time in public, the encounter coming ahead of the United Nations General Assembly in NY.

The footage highlights the Egyptian military's top-of-the-line weaponry, including French Rafale fighters, US F-16 fighter-bombers, US Apache attack helicopters, a modern EADS transport aircraft, the Casa C-295, and US twin-rotored Chinook helicopters.

The colonel asserted that security forces were conducting "sweeping operations and large-scale raids on all cities and villages in the north and central Sinai", Efe news agency reported.

IS started to scale up its attacks in Sinai from September 2017 onwards, as it started losing territory in Iraq and Syria.

The head of the IS religious police in Sinai had previously said that Sufis who did not "repent" would be killed. Locals said the mosque was popular among Sufis.

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