Skip to comments.US may pull out Sinai force that helps keep Israel-Egypt peace
Posted on 08/18/2015 6:50:05 PM PDT by Nachum
WASHINGTON (AP) The Obama administration is quietly reviewing the future of Americas three-decade deployment to Egypts Sinai Peninsula, fearful the lightly equipped peacekeepers could be targets of escalating Islamic State-inspired violence. Options range from beefing up their protection or even pulling them out altogether, officials told The Associated Press.
The American forces have helped marshal peace in the peninsula since Egypts 1979 historic peace treaty with Israel. Some 700 members of an Army battalion and logistics support unit are currently there. They mainly monitor and verify compliance, and have little offensive capability. Several other countries also provide personnel.
Egypt has battled militants in northern Sinai for years, but attacks against its military and police have expanded since the July 2013 coup of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, with the Islamic State affiliate based in Sinai claiming responsibility for several large-scale assaults. Egypts army under current President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi is trying to snuff out the insurgency.
For the United States, the fighting is troublesome, centered in the heart of the volatile Middle East near key maritime trading routes and alongside the most durable peace yet established between Israel and an Arab state. And it risks putting the so-called Multinational Force and Observers in the cross-hairs.
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Since the US backed Muslim Brotherhood terrorists were deposed, the Egyptian government probably isn’t much of a threat. Egypt and Israel have a common enemy at this point.
I wonder what is really going on in the Sinai. Reports are brief and censored, and many areas off limits to visitors. Every so often, there are violent raids and outbreaks.
There might be a growing insurgency - very threatening.
Pull them out...Israel and Egypt are on the same side...
No need for Obama to keep this unit as a target for his muzzle buds...
0bozo seems determined to get a war started.....
-—Because running away is such good foreign policy. ——
It is when your CIC won’t cover your ass...
Hey, it’s helped keep Israel safe from invasion for more than 30 years, so Obama obviously hates that.
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He is doing all he can do to establish a radical muslim beachhead in northern Africa.
Ultimate target? Europe and the west.
The Egyptian government probably can’t keep the MB from crossing the Sinai though
His attempt to destabilize Egypt’s military junta failed so this is the next gambit.
Create a power vacuum, walk away..
Lather rinse repeat.
Don’t forget the Syrian lines in the sand..
Just another way for the muzzie in chief to screw Israel so he will try to do it. I don't Obungu will be able to pull it off
Israel is more than capable of defending itself.
Obama is doing this to pimp 2 countries he considers HIS and his regime’s enemies, Israel and Egypt.
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