Israel media – Channel 2 – just reported that the US-commanded Multi-National Force Observors headquarters in the Sinai is under assault. Salafists laid seige to the building this afternoon and some 50 armed men stormed it. There is fighting going on in the building and there are dead inside.
The MFO is the force that was established under the Israel-Egypt peace treaty. It is charged with guaranteeing the demilitarization of the Sinai.
I’m looking for a second source on this for now. Friend of the Blog Aggie is married to a soldier who just returned from a year long tour there.
Since 1977, the US has maintained a battalion sized task force in the Sinai as part of MFO.
Fiji, of all countries, also maintains a battalion there. I wouldn’t want to piss them off, either.