In expectation of violent riots following the scheduled June 30 protests in Egypt, troops from 13 nations including 400 soldiers from the U.S. are preparing for deployment into the country.
According to Russia Today, troops will protect the Israel border and stand by to calm the anti-government rally that will be carried out to influence the removal of Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi.
“We want to be as professional as possible so that whatever situation we may encounter, [so] the opposing force knows that we mean business and we know what we’re doing,” PFC Perez Alexander said in the report.
Russia Today reported that the 400 U.S. soldiers trained for about six months at Fort Hood to prepare for the deployment, which will last nine months.
“The 400 US soldiers coming to Egypt as mentioned in the media are part of the periodical renewal routine for the U.S. faction of the 13-state multinational force deployed in Sinai since the peace treaty,” Egyptian military spokesman Ahmed Ali said.
“They are not armed with military operations gear…..We are providing this clarification as we respect the right of the great Egyptian people to know the truth from its original sources and to prevent distortion of information by any instigators.”
In 2011, protesters were successful in removing then President Hosni Mubarak from his political position of power. The country has continued to experienced socioeconomic inequality, specifically distress relating to human rights. And although the country has been granted funds to implement programs for improvement, and to increase development, Egyptians authorities have not appropriately handled allocations to benefit the country’s citizens.
Though Israel captured the Sinai Peninsula in 1967 — the region where U.S. troops will soon be stationed at checkpoints — the nation has often allowed Egyptian troops to occupy the area, Russia Today reported. The 1979 Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty calls for Israel’s armed forces to steer clear of the Sinai Peninsula — where since Mubarak’s fall, the region has experienced disorder.
“Just what I’ve seen over the course of the past week, this unit is already far more ready for this type of threat than we were last week,” U.S. Army 1st Lt. Matthew Wilkinson, said in the report.
In addition to aiding Egyptian authorities when and if riots break out, U.S. troops will report violations of the Egypt-Israel Peace Treaty, according to Russia Today.