Military Operation in Sinai Peninsula by the Egyptian Forces

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    Egypt girds for major military operation in Sinai, report says


    A senior Egyptian defense source told the pan-Arab daily Asharq Al-Awsat on Sunday that the military was gearing up to launch a large-scale, "decisive" operation against radical jihadist elements in the Sinai Peninsula in the next few hours.


    According to the report, the military will focus on nine terrorist strongholds in the northern Sinai, where an estimated 200 gunmen have taken positions. The London-based newspaper also reported that Egyptian attack helicopters struck targets near Rafah.

    Egyptian troops and helicopter gunships attacked Islamist militants in the Sinai on Friday in a drive to crush a security threat now spilling over into the rest of the country.

    Three soldiers were wounded in clashes in three separate villages, security officials said.

    Islamist militant attacks have increased in the desert region adjoining Israel and the Gaza Strip and elsewhere in Egypt since the army ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsi on July 3 following mass protests against his rule.

    Rocket and grenade attacks on soldiers and policemen take place in the Sinai nearly every day and about 50 have been killed since July. A Sinai-based militant group claimed responsibility for a failed suicide bombing attack on the interior minister in Cairo last week.


    Egypt girds for major military operation in Sinai, report says | JPost | Israel News
     
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    Egypt seizes anti-aircraft missiles in Sinai


    Egyptian military forces have captured a cache of anti-aircraft missiles in the Sinai Peninsula, as well as a collection of Egyptian army uniforms that were used by members of the Hamas terror group, an army spokesman said Sunday

    Since the advent of a large-scale military operation in Sinai after the July ouster of Islamist president Mohammed Morsi, the army has captured 309 people involved in violence and has destroyed more than 154 smuggling tunnels between Gaza and Egypt, army spokesman Ahmed Ali said Sunday, according to Al-Arabiya.

    The national security of Egypt is “under threat because of the situation in Sinai,” the spokesman said, adding that the army would “continue operations in Sinai until terrorism is defeated.”

    The interim government has a development plan for the peninsula that will restore security for Sinai, Ali said.

    On Saturday, the military said it had uncovered a plot to blow up an army base on the Egyptian side of the border, via a detonating wire leading back through a tunnel to Gaza.

    Since September 7, the army has been stepping up its assault on Islamist elements in Sinai, killing at least 29. On Friday, helicopter gunships targeted a number of villages in northern Sinai.

    On Wednesday, a pair of suicide bombers rammed explosives-laden cars into military targets at the Gaza border, killing at least nine soldiers and wounding 17.


    Egypt seizes anti-aircraft missiles in Sinai | The Times of Israel
     
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    Get some News from my fried That The Seized Anti Aircraft Missiles are Couple of Igla MANPADS along with upto 20 Missiles

    It's Still Classified I think
     
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    Suspected Islamist militants bomb police bus in Sinai


    Nine Egyptian police conscripts were wounded in the Sinai Peninsula on Monday after a roadside bomb targeted a bus they were traveling in, security officials said.

    The officials said that suspected Islamist militants are believed to have been responsible for the blast.

    The bomb exploded on the road outside the town of Rafah, on the border with the Gaza Strip, according to the Associated Press.

    The bus has reportedly been escorted by an armored car and was set off by remote control, the officials said.

    The Egyptian armed forces have launched large scale military operations against militants in Sinai in an attempt to suppress the insurgency which erupted in the peninsula after the army overthrew Egypt’s Islamist President Mohammad Mursi on July 3.

    On Sunday, Egypt’s military spokesman Ahmed Ali said the armed forces had seized a stockpile of anti-aircraft missiles in Sinai.

    The spokesman also said the army will continue operations in Sinai until “terrorism” is defeated.

    Suspected Islamist militants bomb police bus in Egypt’s Sinai - Alarabiya.net English | Front Page
     
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    As world watches Syria, Egypt launches major campaign against jihadists in Sinai


    While the eyes of the world are on Syria, Egypt's military is routing jihadists from the vast and lawless Sinai Peninsula -- and, according to some regional observers, showing the U.S. how to conduct a war on terrorists.

    Under orders from Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the military leader governing Egypt since the Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi was ousted, the Egyptian military is stepping up the fight against the growing coalition of Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda and other radical Muslims gathering in the massive desert peninsula. Although the jihadist activity in the Sinai could be as big a threat to regional stability as the civil war in Syria, Sisi's effort to confront terrorism at his doorstep comes without endorsement from the Obama administration, which has denounced the military takeover in Egypt.

    "I am more than sure that the Muslim Brotherhood and its leadership in Egypt were actually encouraged by the Americans -- and not just in Egypt," Mordechai Kedar, a highly respected analyst of Islamic groups, and a former Israeli military intelligence officer, told FoxNews.com. "The State Department sympathized with the Muslim Brotherhood because they wanted Islamists to love America. They will do anything in order to look nice in the eyes of these Islamists."

    In recent weeks, ferocious battles have been fought by the Egyptian military against Islamists in the vast desert region that separates Egypt and Israel. The territory is meant to be controlled by Egypt under the terms of the 1979 peace agreement between the two countries, but things in Sinai were already deteriorating during the final years of former President Hosni Mubarak's rule. Then, during Morsi's brief, 12-month tenure, things became significantly worse.

    "I have no doubt that Sinai could become a hub for terror, like Afghanistan. The Egyptian Army has finally decided to take care of what is going on in Sinai," Kedar said, "not because of Israel, not because of Gaza, not because of Sinai, but because of Egypt and the fact that the terrorism there could soon spill into Egypt itself."

    Under Sisi's leadership the Egyptian Army is now intent on creating a buffer zone to prevent a flood of Hamas terrorists pouring in from Gaza to join the fighting in the Sinai Peninsula. Some 20,000 or more Egyptian soldiers have gone into Sinai in recent weeks and scores of terrorists have been killed, but the Egyptian forces have also sustained losses. Early Monday, a remote-controlled roadside bomb blew up a bus transporting Egyptian soldiers in Sinai. Early reports suggest at least nine casualties.

    On August 13, missiles from Sinai were fired at the Israeli Red Sea holiday resort of Eilat, which borders the Sinai region -- prompting the Iron Dome defense system to be called into action. There was also a brief suspension of flights to the popular tourist destination.

    The Sinai has long been a lawless hotbed of militancy, where Bedouins mix with foreign fighters far from the arm of Cairo. Egypt's efforts to crack down in the region date back to the 1990s, and the Luxor Temple Massacre in 1997, when terrorist elements murdered 58 foreign tourists and 4 guards at the historic site. But since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak and ended three decades of police state, the region had become even more ungovernable than before.


    As world watches Syria, Egypt launches major campaign against jihadists in Sinai | Fox News
     
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    Sinai is like a play ground for the armed forces of both the countries.
     
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    so there is a chance that spillovers of the attacks can also affect Israel. I guess they will be doubling up the border guards...
     
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    3 soldiers killed, 9 injured in Sinai


    At least three Egyptian soldiers have been killed and 10 others injured in a car bomb attack targeting a military intelligence office in Egypt’s Sinai, a security official says.

    According to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, the attack happened on Wednesday in a border town in the peninsula after an explosives-laden car was detonated inside the one-story building.

    The official added that at the same time an army checkpoint near the military intelligence building came under attack by militants firing rocket propelled grenades.

    The attack comes after a roadside bomb planted by militants in the peninsula injured at least nine police cadets on Monday.

    According to security sources, the remote-controlled bomb went off on the outskirts of the coastal city of el-Arish in northern Sinai near a bus full of police conscripts,

    The bus was traveling from the town of Rafah, near the Gaza border, to the coastal city escorted by an armored police car.

    The attack is a reminder of the August 19 ambush when militants pulled 25 police conscripts off a minibus in the same region and shot them dead.


    3 soldiers killed, 9 injured in Egypt’s Sinai
     
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    Egypt warns Hamas over Sinai border


    Egypt has warned of a military response if Hamas or other Palestinian groups try to violate Egyptian security, increasing tension over what Cairo says is support from Gaza for Islamist militants operating in the Sinai Peninsula.

    Egypt's army says militants from Hamas-run Gaza have staged joint attacks with hardline Islamists in North Sinai, where the government has ramped up security operations after a surge of violence set off by President Mohamed Mursi's downfall in July.

    Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy told the London-based newspaper al-Hayat there was "tension" in Cairo's relationship with Hamas, an ideological offshoot of Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood. He suggested Hamas was not helping enough to secure the border.

    The Sinai militants expanded into a security vacuum that emerged after president Hosni Mubarak was ousted by a popular uprising in 2011.

    "If Hamas proves through actions and not words - and unfortunately there are many negative indicators - its good intentions, then it will find an Egyptian party that ... protects the Palestinian side," Fahmy said.

    "If we feel that there are parties in Hamas or other parties trying to violate Egyptian national security, our response will be severe," said Fahmy, foreign minister in the army-installed cabinet that came to office after Mursi was deposed by the army.

    Asked whether any response would include a closure of the Rafah border crossing between Gaza and Egypt, Fahmy said: "Options are military-security, and not options that result in suffering for the Palestinian citizen.

    Fahmy did not elaborate on what kind of military action Cairo might take.

    Hamas has denied Egypt's accusations. A spokesman for the Hamas government said Fahmy's comments "contradicted Egypt's history and role in protecting the Palestinian nation".

    Fahmy said: "There are very many flaws in the Hamas relationship with the former (Mursi) regime, and the relationship of Hamas, or other Palestinian Islamist parties, with terror activity in Sinai."

    Egypt's army spokesman said at a September 15 briefing the military was clearing buildings deemed a security threat at a distance of up to one km (0.6 miles) from the Gaza border.

    The spokesman declined to accuse Hamas directly of attacks, although he said hand grenades stamped with the name of the Palestinian group's armed wing, the Qassam Brigades, had been found in the security sweep under way in Sinai.

    Egypt warns Hamas over Sinai border | Reuters
     
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    No Problem to Israel ..Because both of them share Intel before Go for attack

    Last month Israel destroys some Rocket launch pads inside Egypt ..

    Four Islamist militants killed in Egypt near Israel: sources | Reuters

    Who gets advance in target they get Kill Points
     
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    Two police and soldier gunned down in separate Sinai attacks


    Gunmen killed two policemen and a soldier in Egypt’s northern Sinai on Monday, officials said, in the latest attack to hit the volatile peninsula.


    The assailants ambushed the policemen on their way to work in the provincial capital of el-Arish, wounding a third officer and speeding away by car, a security official said.

    Gunmen also attacked army checkpoints in the city and nearby town of Sheikh Zuweyid, wounding a total of five soldiers and a civilian, a military official said. One of the wounded soldiers later died in a military hospital, he added.

    Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters.

    Meanwhile, Egypt’s official news agency MENA said gunmen opened fire on the el-Arish post office late Sunday, wounding a 14-year-old girl. Two roadside bombs targeting army vehicles exploded on the main road to el-Arish, it also reported, but there were no casualties.


    The army says militants have killed more than 100 policemen and soldiers since then. The deadliest attack took place Aug. 19 when unidentified gunmen pulled 25 police conscripts off minibuses and shot them dead on the side of the main road linking the border town of Rafah to el-Arish.

    Two police and soldier gunned down in separate Sinai attacks | The Times of Israel
     
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    5 Egyptian policemen killed in Sinai attacks

    Gunmen killed five Egyptian policemen and injured six others on Monday in targeted attacks in the Sinai peninsula.

    In el-Arish, gunmen opened fire from a car at a group of policemen on their way to work, killing three officers.

    Mohamad Farouq al-Shahat, Qarni Kamal Qarni, and Mohammad Abu Shadayed were identified as those killed in the attack, and their bodies were transferred to a military hospital in el-Arish.

    In the al-Abour neighborhood of el-Arish, gunmen opened fire at a police car, killing Issam Mohammad Ahmad, 28. The gunmen later returned to the scene of the attack and set fire to the car.

    Gunmen also attacked an Egyptian army vehicle in the al-Masaid neighborhood of el-Arish, shooting and injuring Abdullah Mohammad Shaban, 45, in the chest and abdomen.

    Another soldier wounded in the attack died from his injuries in hospital.

    In Sheikh Zuweid, gunmen opened fire at a military checkpoint, injuring Ahmad Imael Mana, 32, Mahmoud Abdullah, 40, and Nasser Ramadan Mubarak, 21.

    5 Egyptian policemen killed in Sinai attacks | Maan News Agency
     
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    For the first time in 34 years Egyptian Air Force fighter jets flew over Gaza-Israel Border

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    According to Israeli Channel 2, Egyptian Air Force F-16s were authorized to fly over the Gaza-Israel border area, as part of the military operations Cairo’s military is conducting against terrorist groups in the Sinai Peninsula.

    It was the first time since Cairo and Tel Aviv signed the peace agreement in 1979.

    Last month, a similar authorization was granted to Egyptian Apache helicopters used to strike armed group sites in the same area.

    Egyptian Army is quite active in southern part of the Gaza Strip: in the last few days the Egyptian army targeted a number of tunnels that, from Egypt, lead to the Rafah city.


    The Aviationist » For the first time in 34 years Egyptian Air Force fighter jets flew over Gaza-Israel Border
     
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    Sinai terrorists target Egypt convoy, killing two


    Insurgents ambushed an Egyptian army convoy in northern Sinai early Tuesday killing a soldier and a civilian, the local government and the military said, the latest in a rising wave of attacks in the volatile peninsula.


    Military spokesman Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali said the attackers targeted two buses transporting soldiers, detonating three explosive devices and spraying the vehicles with gunfire as they drove down a main road linking the border town of Rafah with el-Arish, the capital of northern Sinai.

    In a statement published on his official Facebook page, Ali said forces securing the buses returned fire, forcing the attackers to flee.

    He added that one soldier and a civilian driver died in the attack and five soldiers were wounded. The wounded soldiers, some described as being in critical condition, were taken to the military hospital in el-Arish.

    A statement soon after the attack from the northern Sinai security department gave different details of the ambush. It said attackers fired three rocket-propelled grenades at an armored military vehicle and a troop carrier, and that seven soldiers were wounded. The military’s reports of incidents involving its forces are generally considered more definitive.


    Sinai terrorists target Egypt convoy, killing two | The Times of Israel
     
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    Three Palestinians Killed Planting Explosives. In Egypt.


    Egypt has a complete blockade of the media in the Sinai, so any stories of clashes such as these and especially of civilian casualties and home demolitions are sparse and hard to verify.


    DPA reports that an Egyptian security source said three Palestinians were killed shot dead by the Egyptian army on the road to Rafah, in Sheikh Zuaid.

    The source said troops spotted three Palestinians planting explosive devices and tried to arrest them but they fled, Egyptian security fired at them and killed them.


    Keep in mind that Egypt has a complete blockade of the media in the Sinai, so any stories of clashes such as these and especially of civilian casualties and home demolitions are sparse and hard to verify. And, let’s face it – “human rights” organizations find it is much easier to file reports from Israel than from Egypt, which is actually dangerous and where they can lose their NGO accreditation in an instant if Egyptian authorities dislike what they say.


    The Jewish Press » » Three Palestinians Killed Planting Explosives. In Egypt.
     
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    why a sudden increase in terror attacks in sinai peninsula ? a fallout of egyptian revolution ?
     
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    Maybe ..

    The Sinai Peninsula is not be a Controllable zone after the war b/t the Israel and Egypt

    the sinai desert become a home for terrorists ..now Egypt trying to pull out the terrorists from that place ..mostly terrorists attackes inside Cairo and came back to sinai ..no one Knows


    But Now It's time for Payback
     
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    so the media blockade, an all out war against terrorists.......the situation is same as like in lanka ?
     
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    Car bomb attack kills 10 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai


    Ten Egyptian soldiers were killed and 35 wounded in a car bomb attack near the North Sinai city of El-Arish on Wednesday, a security official said.

    The attack was one of the deadliest in the Sinai Peninsula, which is near Israel and the Palestinian-run Gaza Strip, since al Qaeda-inspired militants began stepping up assaults following the army's ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi in July.

    The soldiers were traveling in a convoy on the road to the Rafah border crossing with Gaza. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.

    A Sinai-based militant group, Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, said it assassinated a high-ranking security officer in Cairo on Sunday, according to a statement posted on a militant Islamist website. That group has also said it was behind a failed suicide attack on Egypt's interior minister in September.

    In a separate incident on Wednesday, three people were wounded in a bomb attack on a security checkpoint in Cairo, state television reported.

    Fears are growing that an Islamist insurgency will take hold beyond Sinai.

    The violence and the political struggle between Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood and the army-backed government has hit investment and tourism in Egypt, an important US ally in the region.


    Car bomb attack kills 10 Egyptian soldiers in Sinai - The Times of India
     
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    What a shame for Egypt that they have to take Israeli authorization to fly F-16's over Sinai which is a part of Egypt actually....imagine India needed paki authorization to fly Sukhois over Kashmir....shame...
     

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