Egypt Kills 12 Militants in Air Strikes as Sisi Inspects Troops

Egypt launched air strikes in North Sinai on Saturday, killing 12 militants, security sources said, and the Egyptian president visited the restive province where the bloodiest fighting in years erupted earlier this week. North Sinai has been the epicenter of an insurgency in Egypt where an Islamic State-affiliated group, Sinai Province, is most active. The insurgency, aimed at toppling the Cairo government, has intensified since the army ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi after mass protests against his rule in 2013. Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi visited North Sinai on Saturday to inspect soldiers and police, the presidency said in a statement.