On Thursday, four American soldiers were attacked in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula.
The soldiers, who haven’t been identified, are wounded and recovering in the hospital.
For months, the nearly 700 American soldiers deployed on the ground in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula have weathered a crisis all but indistinguishable from their fellow troops in Iraq.
Living amid blast walls topped with razor wire, riding only in up-armored vehicles, the troops face a constant threat of attacks from extremist groups loyal to the so-called Islamic State.
On Thursday, four of those troops were injured when their convoy rolled out of the “North Camp” just a few miles east of the Egypt-Israeli border and hit two improvised explosive devices.
None of the injuries were life-threatening, but it was the latest indication that the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, is rapidly developing a new front in Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous and historically influential nation.
The U.S. troops stationed across the remote desert peninsula are caught in the middle of an insurgency that has intensified since the lead militant group there declared allegiance to ISIS.
Unlike U.S. troops in Iraq, those in Egypt are not technically deployed on an anti-ISIS mission. Rather, they support the “Multinational Force and Observers,” or MFO, a 34-year-old peacekeeping mission that aims to enforce the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.
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