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    US Officers under seige-Part of MFO Egypt Deployment


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    US Officers under seige-Part of MFO Egypt Deployment

    Post  beejean on Sun 21 Jul 2013, 10:54 pm

    Debka is reporting today that as a prelude to the Egypt armored Fattah-2 operation in the Sinai on the border of Gaza, a group that has formed out of many Islamist fighters has coalesced into a loosely coordinated fighting force and is effectively shutting down traffic in the Sinai near several strategic sites.  Same article at Debka mentions  that "several" United States' officers are under siege in their Sinai headquarters Al Gora, US officers who have been participating in the MFO (multinational force) within the Sinai area of Egypt.

    The groups which have joined together to deny access to local roads, and various other strategic locations in the Sinai near the Gaza border are reported to be composed of Hamas Jidhadists, Muslim Brotherhood, Salafist Bedouins, and like-minded fighters from the Gaza strip.

    Here is a quote about the situation"
    DebkaFile Exclusive July 19 2013 wrote:Hundreds of Salafist Bedouin, Muslim Brotherhood adherents and Palestinian Hamas and Islamic Jihad fighters from the Gaza Strip have joined forces to block northern Sinai’s key road arteries. They have stopped traffic to the Egyptian-Israeli border terminal at Nitzana, to the US-led multinational national observer base at Al Gora near El Arish, and to the big cement factory built by the Egyptian military in El Arish which is the region’s main source of employment.

    By blocking those roads, the Islamist fighters have choked off the movement of goods between Egypt and Israel and placed 1,000 MFO troops, including some American officers, under siege.  Any vehicle driving in or out of Al Gora comes under anti-tank rocket fire. Flyers have been distributed forbidding locals to take jobs with Egyptian security forces or MFO.

    The Islamists are now attacking Egyptian military and security targets at the rate of 30 strikes a day, traveling at speed between targets in minivans on which rocket launchers and heavy machine guns are mounted, or using motorbikes for raiders brandishing rocket-propelled grenades.

    Early Thursday July 18, one of these squads shot up a police station near El Arish with anti-tank rockets, killing an Egyptian officer and injuring five soldiers.
    The Egyptian army is sending a steady flow of reinforcements to the area, with Israel's consent. An armored force of 13 tanks reached northern Sinai Wednesday July 17, to bolster the Egyptian Second Army force, headed by Gen. Ahmed Wafasi.

    However, not only has the Egyptian army abstained so far from directly engaging its Islamist adversaries, it has been pulling back from one isolated observation post and position after another, retreating into clusters of fortified buildings and leaving the militants in full control.
    Egyptian officials, asked when their counter-terror offensive in Sinai would start, answer that it will go ahead only after intelligence-gathering and preparations are complete. Meanwhile, all the Egyptian army appears to be doing is sending Apache gun ships out on surveillance missions from El Arish airport which has been converted into an air base.

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