|Apache AH-64 Helicopter - Photo: Boeing|
"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."
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