Egyptian air force hammers Sinai jihadists, 70 said killed

Smoke rises after an airstrike in the Sinai city of Rafah as seen from Gaza on July 1, 2015. (Abed Rahim Khatib /Flash90)

Smoke rises after an airstrike in the Sinai city of Rafah as seen from Gaza on July 1, 2015. (Abed Rahim Khatib /Flash90)

Pre-dawn strikes on Islamic State-aligned group injure another 70, destroy vehicles

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Lebanon gets first shipment of $3B worth of French arms

Lebanese army soldiers stand in front of French weapons at the Rafik Hariri International Airport in Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, April 20, 2015. Lebanon has received the first shipment of $3 billion worth of French weapons paid for by Saudi Arabia. The handover ceremony occurred Monday at Beirut’s international airport and was attended by Lebanese, French defense ministers, and top army officers. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein)

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Jordan king: Palestinian peace deal needed to defeat IS

King Abdullah II of Jordan waits for a meeting with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill February 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. (photo credit:AFP /BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI)

King Abdullah II of Jordan waits for a meeting with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill February 3, 2015, in Washington, DC. (photo credit:AFP /BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI)

Abdullah II tells EU parliament conflict gives jihadists ‘powerful rallying cry’; says Muslim nations must lead fight against extremism

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Jordan says pilot’s murder a ‘turning point’ in IS fight

A Jordanian Air Force fighter jet flies over the village of Ai as Jordanian King Abdullah II visits to offer his condolences to the tribe of the slain Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh at their home village near Karak, Jordan, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (photo credit: AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

A Jordanian Air Force fighter jet flies over the village of Ai as Jordanian King Abdullah II visits to offer his condolences to the tribe of the slain Jordanian pilot, Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh at their home village near Karak, Jordan, Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (photo credit: AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Interior minister says Amman will ‘wipe out’ jihadists, and will pursue the group for however long it takes

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Egypt closes schools in Sinai towns as area inches toward open war

Smoke rises as a house is blown up during a military operation by Egyptian security forces in the Egyptian city of Rafah, near the border with southern Gaza Strip November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

Smoke rises as a house is blown up during a military operation by Egyptian security forces in the Egyptian city of Rafah, near the border with southern Gaza Strip November 3, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa

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IS-allied Sinai terrorists vow to ‘liberate Jerusalem’

Members of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis read out sentences before they behead four men accused of spying for Israel, August 2014. (photo credit: YouTube screenshot)

Members of Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis read out sentences before they behead four men accused of spying for Israel, August 2014. (photo credit: YouTube screenshot)

Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis says it carried out last month’s bombing that killed 30 Egyptian troops, brands el-Sissi ‘a servant of the Jews’

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At least 100 Islamic State fighters killed in Kobani

Kurdish peshmerga fighters gesture and wave a Kurdish flag from a military vehicle armed with a heavy infantry weapon as they ride towards the Syrian town of Kobani, also known as Ain al-Arab, from the border town of Suruc, in the Turkish southeastern Sanliurfa province, on October 31, 2014. (photo credit: AFP/STRINGER)

Kurdish peshmerga fighters gesture and wave a Kurdish flag from a military vehicle armed with a heavy infantry weapon as they ride towards the Syrian town of Kobani, also known as Ain al-Arab, from the border town of Suruc, in the Turkish southeastern Sanliurfa province, on October 31, 2014.                                      (photo credit: AFP/STRINGER)

At least 576 jihadist fighters killed in northern Syrian battleground town since fighting began in September

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Lebanon dragged into war with Islamic State

In this Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 file photo, Lebanese army reinforcements arrive to the outskirts of Arsal, a predominantly Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon. (photo credit: AP/Bilal Hussein)

In this Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 file photo, Lebanese army reinforcements arrive to the outskirts of Arsal, a predominantly Sunni Muslim town near the Syrian border in eastern Lebanon. (photo credit: AP/Bilal Hussein)

Beirut managed to keep out of the chaos enveloping neighboring Syria and Iraq, but now radical jihadists have a foothold on its borders

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