1. Retaliation

    Report: Egyptian Airstrikes Hit Sinai

    Egyptian women mourn during the military funeral of 16 Egyptian soldiers who were killed Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012 during an attack at a checkpoint along the Sinai border with Israel by Islamic militants with purported ties to Gaza, in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. Mourners prayed for the dead at a mosque in an east Cairo suburb on Tuesday. The coffins, wrapped in Egypt's red-white-and-black flag, were later taken to a nearby square where a military ceremony is under way. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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    In one of President Morsi's first crises, Egypt reportedly deployed attack helicopters to the Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday in retaliation for the shooting of 16 Egyptian soldiers on Sunday. The attacks also followed more violence in the area on Tuesday night when gunman carried out a series of coordinated assaults on government checkpoints and a military factory that injured at least two people. Egyptian security officials said that attack helicopters opened fire in an area called Sheikh Zuwayed, and state media reported that the attacks killed 20 people. The recent airstrikes are the first to be launched on the Sinai Peninsula in decades.

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