U.S. troops are wrapping up training for a future 9-month deployment to Egypt for a peacekeeping and riot control mission.
More than 400 American soldiers will soon join a multinational peacekeeping force comprised of military forces from 13 nations, according to The Washington Times.
Once there, they will be tasked with manning security checkpoints along the Egyptian-Israeli border. They will report any violations of the peace treaty between the two nations, as well as quell riots and protests.
Their training lasted six months at both Fort Hood, Texas and Fort Irwin, Calif., and included Molotov cocktail attack response. Their specific departure date isn’t yet certain.
Earlier this week, the Obama administration announced that the U.S. will provide arms to Syrian rebel forces as well as send troops along the Syrian-Jordanian border.
The Obama administration has been a good friend to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood-backed Mohamed Morsi regime. The U.S. has provided both financial aid and sophisticated weaponry in the form of F-16 fighter jets and Abrams M1A1 tanks since January.
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