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Egypt launches air strikes against IS militants in Libya

Air strikes come hours after the Islamic State militants in Libya aired graphic videos of the beheading of 21 Egyptian Copts

Ahram Online , Monday 16 Feb 2015
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In this image made from video broadcast on Egyptian state television on Monday, Feb. 16, 2015, a fighter jet leaves the hangar in preparation to launch airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Libya (Photo: State TV)
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The Egyptian army announced in a statement on Monday morning it has conducted air strikes against Islamic State militants' targets in Libya, including training camps and arms depots.

On Sunday night, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi said Egypt reserves the right to retaliate against the killing of 21 Egyptian Copts by the radical Islamic State (IS) group in Libya at the suitable time and place.

Islamic State militants had published earlier on Sunday a graphic video on the Internet  purportedly showing the beheading of Coptic Christians it said it had kidnapped recently, and vowing to fight what it described as "crusaders."

The statement said the airstrikes were successful in reaching their targets and that the Egyptian fighter jets returned safely to their home bases in Egypt.

Egyptian state television aired footage of jets taking off from bases in Egypt at the begining of the operation.

"We believe that avenging the blood of Egyptian, and extracting retribution from the killers and criminals is a duty we have to carry out," the army statement said.

Libya’s Air Force Chief of Staff Saqr Al-Geroushi told Al-Arabiya TV Channel on Monday morning that the Egyptian air strikes took place in coordination with the Libyan Army.

“Our planes joined in the attack on the terrorist hideouts...and Egypt and Libya’s war is one and the same,” Al-Geroushi added.

In another interview, Al-Geroushi told Egyptian TV channel Al-Nahar that the Egyptian air strikes succeeded in destroying a training camp, weaponry, and a house that contained anti-aircraft missiles belonging to the Islamic State.

He called on Egypt to continue its offensive along with the Libyan Army until Libya is free.

In a televised speech on Sunday night, El-Sisi said he ordered the Egyptian government to provide full support to the families of the victims, and tighten a ban Egyptians' travel to its western neighbor.
 
He also said he issued directives to the government to take necessary steps in order to secure and facilitate the return of Egyptians trying to leave Libya.
 
El-Sisi added he commissioned Egypt's Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri to travel to New York in order to hold talks with senior United Nations officials and members of the Security Council.
 
The minister, El-Sisi said, would "demand the international community live up to its responsibilities by taking necessary actions in line with the UN convention, and to declare that what is happening in Libya threatens international peace and security."
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Farhan
27-02-2015 08:54am
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Allen, please stop using vote bot , this is really stupid.
This really shows your corrupt nature and side you are supporting.
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Juma
16-02-2015 08:04pm
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Egypt govt bringing libya war inside Egypt
Egypt curent by force govt want libya war should come inside Egypt .and sisi will extand his by force rule .but public know very well usa uk isreal and sisi plans
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Nagi Abdelhamid
16-02-2015 02:50pm
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Murdered of Egyptians in Libya
Egypt must continue the air raids without stopping until all murderous and criminals leave East of Libya. Egypt must and should follow the Israeli methods, when one Israeli murdered, their government did not for the public opinion or the United nations to approve their action. If Egypt does not eliminate all these murderous from the border, they will take advantage and do more killings. The Egyptian army must cross the border and deal with Isis and stop worring about public opinions Egypt struggling with internal terrorists and swift action must taken against external terrorists or the Egyptians army will loose creditablety and trust of the Egyptians. Also all the prisoners who had no act of violence must be released as president Al Sisi promised for the sake of Egypt. The Egyptian judges should move forward with the time and justic must be seen to be served, as some judges are still living in the Stone Age.
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Abu Elezz
16-02-2015 05:00pm
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Israeli methods ?
Egypt is proud of it's own methods and should not follow others.It's not wise to cross the border
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Aladdin, Alwx
16-02-2015 02:42pm
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Qatar Trust Fund
Mr. President: Request to place Qatar oil revenue in a trust fund managed by UN and/or GCC. Military force could be used against Qatar under international law. Crush terrorist Hamas and rule Gaza by iron fest. Organize military campaign by Jordon, Lebanon, and Free Syrian Army to conquer terrorist state Da-ish and create a new nation including Palestine under Jordanian rule.
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Abu Elezz
16-02-2015 05:12pm
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Military force against Qatar ? Iron fist ? New nation ?
Aladdin's strange strategic planning !
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Momoyay
16-02-2015 02:41pm
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So according to ahram that photo is a plane preparing for strikes in Libya but I dont see any bombs all I see is two externel fuel tanks! Were they joking??
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Farida
25-02-2015 05:03pm
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Ahram is terrible with photos
Thats actually the French plane recently obtained by Egypt. Ahram gets it wrong with the photos
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Rabbi Yeshayahu Hollander
16-02-2015 01:11pm
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Islam Must Teach the World That Islam Does Not Tolerate Murder
President A-Sisi has said time and again the certain aspects of Islam must change. such change in understanding religion is always compounded with difficulty. For some reason, murder in the name of Islam has become part of the culture. The West does not know how to handle this. President A-Sisi and King Abdallah are showing the West what must be done in the short term. Other efforts must be done to show young Muslims the correct way of Islam: The way of freedom before God, not submission to man; of understanding human limitations, hence the invalidity of asserting that anyone is that much better than others that he has the right - or duty - to kill others.
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Abu Elezz
16-02-2015 05:33pm
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Submission only to God
If you want certain aspect of Islam MUST change ,then it's our right to ask your leaders to change certain asopects of
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Aladdin, Alex
16-02-2015 12:38pm
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NATO Security
NATO joined the war against Mr. Gaddafi for his threat to Europe security. Now IS represents more danger to world security without showing interest in joining the war. What do you think?
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Abu Elezz
16-02-2015 05:17pm
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Showing interest !
NATO is very active with military co-operation of three Arab countries or more .
Sam Enslow
16-02-2015 03:50pm
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After formal request
NATO joined the fight against Gaddafi upon formal request if The Arab League and withdrew afterward at tge League's request.
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Paqid Yirmeyahu
16-02-2015 12:12pm
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Paqid 16, the Netzarim (www.netzarim.co.il)
Da'esh screwed the pooch when it poked the cobra (uraeus). Bravo to the righteous and courageous response by Egyptian Pres. al-Sisi and imams of awqaf al-Azhar. May we all follow logic and science toward a more enlightened view of our Creator-Singularity -- together.
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Ray Sarna
16-02-2015 12:08pm
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The Presidency of Sisi is IMHO the most democratically responsible and internationally relevant in the past 60 years. His leadership has avoided religious bigotry and outrageous nepotism. He supports secular co-equality. The Egyptian "street" has voted in the boldest advocate for political inclusion among any country I in my long life have ever witnessed. Kudos to the millions of Egyptian voters.
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Abu Elezz
16-02-2015 05:37pm
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Egyptian" street"
In IMHO you need to know more things about Egyptians
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sn
16-02-2015 11:24am
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ISIS
Only a concerted strong response will bring desired results. Time has come to hunt for any known militant , wherever they may be, and to finish them all off. They should not be allowed to disturb the whole world like they doing now. The whole world needs to come against them sooner rather than later.
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