Monday, September 17, 2012

U.S. forces involved in Sinai hostilities

Are coordinated attacks on American targets in the Middle East becoming more sophisticated and widespread?

Greatly under-reported in American media is Friday's attack on U.S. forces serving as part of multi-national force in the Sinai. Not a peep out of the Pentagon, but the New Mexico governor's office issued a statement on Friday:
"This afternoon, we received reports from Egypt that violent and armed protestors
attacked and attempted to gain entry to the headquarters of the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai where New Mexico National Guard Soldiers are serving alongside other U.S. and Coalition Military troops. Early reports from the unit indicate that the attack was beaten back, and though a few coalition troops from other countries sustained injuries, we have been told that no U.S. Soldiers were injured. Appropriate force protection measures have been initiated by the command.
Armed protesters is an interesting choice of words. The Times of  Israel has described the incident as an attack by an armed force of sixty to seventy Bedouin militants who used vehicles to break through the perimeter and storm the facility. Al Qaeda flags were reportedly displayed during the attack. Security around the base was not restored until Egyptian army troops, supported by tanks and armored personnel carriers, were deployed in the area.

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