10 dead in militant attack on security forces in Egypt’s Sinai

Above, Egyptian security forces guard a checkpoint on a road leading to Arish in this July 26, 2018 photo. Egypt has been battling Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula for years. (AFP)
Updated 26 June 2019

10 dead in militant attack on security forces in Egypt’s Sinai

  • Daesh claims responsibility for simultaneous raids on military positions in Arish
  • Egyptian security forces have been battling Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula for years

CAIRO: Seven Egyptian police officers and four militants were killed in a clash in the north of the Sinai Peninsula, the interior ministry said on Wednesday.
The clash took place late on Tuesday when militants attacked forces stationed southwest of the city of Arish, the ministry said in a statement.
Daesh claimed the attack, saying it had carried out simultaneous raids on military positions in Arish, according to a statement carried on the group’s Amaq news agency.
Security sources said the militants had used more than 10 four-wheel vehicles in coordinated attacks at four sites.
Egyptian security forces have been battling Islamist militants in the Sinai Peninsula for years and launched a counter-insurgency campaign in the area in February 2018.
Earlier this month militants attacked a checkpoint in North Sinai, an assault that left eight security personnel dead according to the interior ministry.


Iran test fires new missile

Updated 37 min 13 sec ago

Iran test fires new missile

  • Revolutionary Guard commander Major General Hossein Salami said Iran was ‘always in the arena for testing weapon systems
  • Iran displayed what it described as a domestically built long-range, surface-to-air missile air defense system on Thursday

GENEVA: Iran has test fired a new missile, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Major General Hossein Salami, said on Saturday, according to the Tasnim news agency.
“Our country is always the arena for testing a variety of defense and strategic systems and these are non-stop movements toward the growth of our deterrent power,” Salami said. “And yesterday was one of the successful days for this nation.”
He did not provide any additional information about the missile.
US President Donald Trump pulled out of an international agreement on Iran’s nuclear program last year and stepped up sanctions on Tehran in order to curb its development of ballistic missiles and its support for proxies in Syria, Yemen, Lebanon and Iraq. The two countries have been exchanging threats and warnings since then.
Iran shot down a US military surveillance drone in the Gulf with a surface-to-air missile in June, nearly setting off a conflict with the United States. The Islamic Republic says the drone was over its territory, but Washington says it was in international airspace.
Iran displayed what it described as a domestically built long-range, surface-to-air missile air defense system on Thursday.