Over 400 U.S. soldiers are preparing to be deployed to Egypt for a 9-month “peacekeeping” mission in the Sinai Peninsula. As part of a Multinational Force and Observers mission, the American forces will be tasked with reporting violations of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
A spokesman for the Egyptian military told Ahram Online Saturday that the U.S. soldiers coming to Egypt "are part of the periodical renewal routine" related to the Egypt-Israel peace treaty. The Egyptian army told the government-owned publication that the U.S. deployment is a "formality."
Opponents to Muslim Brotherhood-associated President Mohammed Morsi have held protests in Egypt since he was elected following the 2011 revolution. Many protests have become violent. The Jerusalem Post reports that tensions are high in Egypt ahead of a planned opposition protest next Sunday, following accusations that the government has whipped up sectarian anger over the war in Syria as a means of appeasing its own hardline Salafist allies.
TheBlaze.com's National Security Editor Buck Sexton was in Egypt last week and appeared on "Wilkow!" Monday to discuss the huge anti-Morsi protests expected later this week, and what this unrest in Egypt could lead to.
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