Egypt Targets Militants in Sinai

Egypt's first airstrikes in the region since 1973

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Helicopters carried out missile strikes against Islamic militants in Egypt's first airstrikes in the Sinai Peninsula since 1973, as the military said Wednesday it was launching an offensive to "restore control" over the territory following the bloodiest ever militant attacks on the army.

The use of air power marked a sharp escalation in Egypt's fight against Islamic militants who have become increasingly active in the mountainous, desert peninsula bordering Israel and Gaza.