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Israel flew more than a hundred attacks on jihadists in Egypt
In order to cope with the steadily growing threat posed by jihadists in Sinai, more than a hundred attacks on positions of Islamic extremists have been flown in the past few years - not from Egypt, but from Israel. The "New York Times" reported on Saturday. According to this, Israeli drones, helicopters and fighter jets have been waging a hitherto secret air war for more than two years - all with the consent of Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi.
The jihadists in Sinai represent a growing threat to Egypt: hundreds of soldiers and police officers have been kidnapped or killed, and large areas have come under the control of the jihadists who have sworn allegiance to the leader of the "Islamic State" (IS). You are also believed to be responsible for the crash of a Russian passenger jet in 2015.
New phase of cooperation
Egypt had and still has difficulties in mastering the situation. The cooperation that has now become known marks a new phase in the cooperation between the two countries that were once enemies in three wars. Israel is still seen as an antagonist in the Egyptian public and media.
As the "New York Times" reports, citing American sources, the Israeli air war played a decisive role in enabling Egypt's armed forces to regain the upper hand over parts of the Sinai.
Despite the success, both states tried to keep their cooperation a secret: The Israeli drones, planes and helicopters flew without national emblems in Egyptian airspace, some chose flight routes that were supposed to give the impression that the aircraft were stationed in Egypt. In Israel, military censorship restricts reports of the air strikes.
President Sisi has taken even greater precautions to ensure that the close cooperation does not become public: only a few military and intelligence officers knew about it. In addition, the North Sinai has been declared a restricted military area to which journalists are not allowed to travel. (red, 3.2.2018)
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