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U.S. soldiers set to deploy to Egypt at a tense time

- The Washington Times - Friday, June 21, 2013

A group of U.S. soldiers are rocked and ready to deploy to Egypt for a 9-month peacekeeping mission.

More than 400 American troops will ultimately go, as part of the long-standing Multinational Force and Observers peacekeeping mission.

Their assignment: To man posts and security checkpoints along the Sinai Peninsula. They're also tasked with reporting violations of the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

Although they will be far from Cairo, where protests against the government have raised concerns in Israel, they have been trained to respond to any threats, including protests and riots, to the security of Israel or the peace agreement.

Part of their training included how to respond to Molotov cocktails.

The force is comprised of soldiers from 13 nations.

Their departure date isn't yet fixed.

KCEN said they will leave in the near future. The troops trained for six months at Fort Hood and at the National Training Center at Fort Irwin, Calif., KDH reported.

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