Islamists Kill 10 Egyptian Soldiers in Sinai

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- A day after Islamist groups affiliated with Syrian rebel forces claimed responsibility for Tuesday's dual car bombing in Beirut, Lebanon, which killed 23 and injured dozens more, jihadists killed at least 10 Egyptian soldiers and injured 35 in a car bomb attack.

According to Reuters, the terrorists detonated the bomb-laden vehicle as the convoy of soldiers traveled near El Arish in the vicinity of the Rafah crossing that connects the Gaza Strip with the Sinai Desert.

Egyptian forces have successfully confronted some terror cells in the Sinai that flourished under ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi. But jihadists don't give up easily. Some of the terror cells are affiliated with al Qaeda and some with the Muslim Brotherhood, the party of Egypt's former president.

Meanwhile, Russia and Egypt are on the verge of closing a $4 billion arms deal.

Russia stepped in after the U.S. administration froze its military aid package to Egypt following the ouster of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi, in essence charging the military had hijacked the revolution.

Russia is reportedly prepared to be flexible on payment, with some Gulf States ready to provide funds for the purchases.

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