Monday, September 22, 2014

Egypt Getting 10 Boeing Apache AH-64 Helicopters

Apache AH-64 Helicopter - Photo: Boeing
Sept. 22, 2014 - The long-delayed delivery of Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to Egypt will finally happen. The Apaches are intended to help Egypt's anti-terror efforts in the Sinai.

"The United States has reaffirmed its commitment to supply Egypt with 10 Boeing AH-64 Apache attack helicopters that have been withheld since the military took control of the country in July 2013," reported IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.

Egypt's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has asked the U.S. for assistance in its fight against Islamist terror groups. In May, Sisi told Reuters, "The Egyptian army is undertaking major operations in the Sinai so it is not transformed into a base for terrorism that will threaten its neighbors and make Egypt unstable. If Egypt is unstable then the entire region is unstable."

Islamic State "called on insurgents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula on Monday to press ahead with attacks against Egyptian security forces and continue beheadings," reports Jerusalem Post today.  An ISIS spokesman, in an online statement, said, "Rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads. Do not let them feel secure."

Also See:
US approves Apache deal and military cooperation with Egypt Daily News Egypt
US military aid to Egypt again halted; C295 deliveries continue (May 2014) IHS Jane's Defence
Egypt seeking Russian arms after US aid cut (Nov 2013) IHS Jane's Defence
Islamic State takes aim at Egypt through Sinai terror group Jerusalem Post
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