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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Pentagon official arrives in Cairo to discuss Sinai security

Pentagon official arrives in Cairo to discuss Sinai security
DPA Sun, 11/11/2012 - 21:32
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/pentagon-official-arrives-cairo-discuss-sinai-security

The US assistant defense secretary for international security affairs
arrived in Cairo Sunday, leading a delegation on a four-day visit to discuss
bilateral cooperation, specifically in Sinai security, with Egyptian
officials.

Derek Chollet, the assistant defense secretary, is expected to discuss ways
the US can help the Egyptian government battle militant groups in Sinai,
secure its border with Israel and prevent weapons smuggling.

Disorder has spread in Sinai since autocratic President Hosni Mubarak was
ousted in a popular uprising early last year, with Islamist militants
stepping up attacks on security forces and the Israeli border. Egypt's newly
elected president, former Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsy, has
pledged to restore security in the poor desert region.

Earlier this month, three policemen were killed by militants in a drive-by
shooting in North Sinai. That incident came amid the largest security
crackdown Sinai has seen in decades, as officials have hunted the
perpetrators of another ambush that killed 16 border guards on 5 August.

Edited translation from DPA

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