Egypt launched airstrikes today (February 16, 2015) on targets in neighboring Libya to retaliate for the barbaric mass execution of 21 Egyptian Coptic Orthodox Christians held by fanatic Islamic militants affiliated to the Islamic State (IS), the Daily Beast website reports.
Egyptian officials say more strikes will be launched on jihadists in the coming days, dragging the country deeper into the chaos that has swept Libya since the ouster of dictator Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.
Today's air-raids by Egypt -- which killed some 50 IS terrorists -- came after a horrific five-minute video was posted by the militants yesterday, showing the gruesome spectacle of Egyptian Christians having their throats sliced on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea at Sirte, Gaddafi's birthplace.
Immediately, Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al Sisi vowed revenge publicly during a television broadcast to Egyptians, and the bombing followed hours later. The Egyptian leader said he would choose the "necessary means and timing to avenge the criminal killings" of Egypt's citizens.