Sunday, September 16, 2012

Jihadists attack international peacekeeper base in Egypt's Sinai - The Long War Journal

Bill Roggio on the attack on MultiNational Force in the Sinai. They’ve been there since 1979 when Egypt and Israel signed the Peace.

Jihadists assaulted a base in the Egyptian Sinai that is manned by international troops, breached the perimeter, and wounded four soldiers. The attackers reportedly raised al Qaeda's black banner over the base before exiting the base.

Scores of "Bedouin Salafi gunmen" attacked the Multinational Force & Observers base in the Gora region of the Sinai Peninsula yesterday evening, according to The TImes of Israel. The international soldiers are in the Sinai to enforce the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt.

The fighters broke through the outer perimeter and an estimated 60 to 70 of them entered the base "amid heavy gunfire."

The fighters wounded four peacekeepers, torched a vehicle and a guard tower, and seized ammunition and communications equipment, according to Haaretz. The jihadists reportedly flew al Qaeda's flag before being driven off.

Jihadists attack international peacekeeper base in Egypt's Sinai - The Long War Journal

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