Islamic militants shoot down Egyptian Helicopter (NYTimes)

“CAIRO- Islamist militants shot down an Egyptian military helicopter in the Sinai Peninsula with a surface-to-air missile over the weekends, raising new alarms about the terrorist insurgency that developed there in response to the military takeover last summer.

The attack – described by witnesses, documented in a video released by the militants, and confirmed by three people briefed on the Egyptian government’s investigation – validated longstanding fears that such weapons would spill into Egypt and beyond after the Libyan civil war tore open Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s fearsome arsenals.”