I saw in my Facebook thing this scary headline from the Washington Times; “U.S. soldiers set to deploy to Egypt for riot control“, so naturally, I read the story at the link. Turns out that they’re talking about the Multinational Force and Observers peacekeeping force that has been going on since the Carter years;
A group of U.S. soldiers are rocked and ready to deploy to Egypt for a 9-month peacekeeping mission aimed at curbing riots.
More than 400 American troops will ultimately go, as part of the Multinational Force and Observers peacekeeping force, KDH News reported. Their mission: To man posts and security checkpoints along the Sinai Peninsula. They’re also tasked with reporting violations to the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel, KDH News said. KCEN reported that they will engage if protests and riots reach the point of threatening Israel’s security.
Part of their training included how to respond to Molotov cocktails, KCEN reported.
The force is comprised of soldiers from 13 nations.
I guess, what with the wars recently and the “Arab Spring” everyone forgot that the US has been deploying troops to the Sinai to keep Egypt and Israel separated since the the two nations and the US signed the Camp David Accords in 1978. The US began supplying troops to the mission in 1982. And they’ve been trained for riots since then, too. But, thanks for finally noticing, Washington Times.