Egyptian army says 16 militants killed in Sinai operation

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Dozens of targets including weapons dumps, motorbikes and cars were also destroyed, a statement from the military says.

Egyptian security forces have so far killed hundreds of terrorists and arrested thousands of suspects during the country's anti-terror war declared by Sisi, the army chief then, following Morsi's ouster in 2013.

On Friday, Egypt's Army Spokesperson Tamer El-Refaay announced the onset of the current comprehensive operation "Sinai 2018", which was launched "to implement the plan of comprehensive confrontation with terrorist and criminal elements and organizations in North and Central Sinai, and in other areas in the Nile Delta and desert areas west of the Nile Valley".

The operation was launched as part of the efforts to reach the three-month deadline set by President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi to eliminate terrorism after the mosque attack that killed 310 people in the northern Sinai city of Arish in November, 2017. 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 military statement earlier on Sunday said forces involved in the operation had found a media centre with computers, communication equipment and books and documents related to jihadist ideology.

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

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.

In addition to its attacks on Christians, IS has adopted a threatening tone against Sufi Muslims, whom it considers to be heretics.

Most terrorist attacks carried out in North Sinai in recent years have been claimed by the Daesh-affiliated Ansar Beit al-Maqdis. Locals said the mosque was popular among Sufis.