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Egypt launches unprecedented assault against Isil militants on Sinai peninsula

Egypt launched a major assault against militants Friday focused on the Sinai peninsula, where Isil has staged deadly attacks, aiming to crush their insurgency by an end of February deadline set by President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The former general last November ordered the military to defeat militants in North Sinai within three months, after an attack on a mosque which killed more than 300 people, the deadliest such incident in the Arab world's most populous country.
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