Tuesday, August 28, 2012
This is coolbert:
Thanks to DEBKAfile we have the accounts of the MFO in the Sinai, and especially those American components, now coming under attack by Salafist oriented Bedouin allegedly affiliated with Al Qaeda.
MFO [Multinational Force and Observers] for a period of over thirty years performing yeoman duty in a very harsh and unforgiving part of the world now a situation exacerbated by COMBAT!!
August 12. 2012 Briefs:
• "Seven terrorists killed in battle near MFO’s North Sinai HQ
Egyptian security officials Sunday reported that government forces had killed seven terrorists in raids of their hideouts in the village of al-Ghora 30 kilometers south of El Arish in N. Sinai. They omitted to mention the battle was fought to lift the Islamist terrorists’ siege on the multinational force’s northern headquarters at al Ghora, most of whose members are Americans."
• "Sinai terrorists keep up attacks, target US peacekeepers
. . . early Sunday on a Sinai multinational force convoy on its way to the Sheikh Zawid base and Saturday night, against Egyptian troops patrolling the Israeli border near the same spot where they killed 16 Egyptian soldiers a week ago. No casualties in either attack. The American soldiers escorting the MFO convoys returned the fire"
August 14, 2012 Briefs:
• "Extra US arms for Sinai Multinational Force
US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced Tuesday that extra military equipment would be supplied to the MFO to strengthen its ability to defend itself. The peacekeepers, drawn from 11 nations led by the US, monitors Sinai and the Egyptian-Israel borders under the 1979 Egyptian-Israel peace accords."
Again, for a period of over thirty years now the MFO in the Sinai and multi-national force the most significant component of which is American. Always prepared for combat if need be, that time being NOW!!
"The Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) is an international peacekeeping force overseeing the terms of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel."
"Following the signing of the Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty on March 26, 1979, the United Nations was asked to provide the peacekeeping forces for the Sinai Peninsula mandated in the treaty."
"Task Force Sinai is the US brigade-sized element of the Multinational Force and Observers ("MFO"), the peacekeeping organization in place in the Sinai Peninsula since 1982. The Task Force commander is a US Army colonel, who also serves as the MFO Chief of Staff."
Those U.S. personnel serving with Task Force Sinai under-going an intensive preparation prior to deployment overseas, combat ready and tested for such. And military personnel my understanding from all services, not merely U.S. Army but any volunteer willing and able and completing the course of instruction as held at Ft. Bragg!!
Salafists too seeking to emulate those first three generations of Muslims as lived during the time of Muhammad. These are Bedouin as Moses might have encountered during the time of the Exodus from Egypt? Probably so!