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Egypt, US eye counter-terrorism ties in wake of deadly Sinai attack

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi expressed hopes for deeper US counter-terrorism ties during talks with a top American general on Monday, following a deadly weekend attack by militants in the Sinai peninsula, a US military official said on Monday.

The attack was claimed by Islamic State and killed 11 Egyptian troops. Militants descended on a checkpoint at a water pumping station, striking with an explosive-rigged vehicle and firing heavy weapons from pick-up trucks, Egyptian security sources said. 

It was one of the most deadly attacks in recent years in the northern Sinai.

US Army General Michael ‘Erik’ Kurilla, who oversees US forces in the Middle East, said following Monday’s talks in Cairo that the attack underscored the persistent threat from extremists…”

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