August 8, 2012 5:00 AM

Egypt launches air strikes in Sinai for first time since 1973 to avenge weekend attack

Deploying its air force for the first time in nearly 40 years, the Egyptian military launched an air offensive in the unruly Sinai Peninsula on Wednesday, three days after Islamists killed 16 Egyptian soldiers in an attack that threatened both the Egyptian-Israeli border and the political standing of Egypt’s new president.

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