Obama Denies Egypt Apaches to Fight al-Qaeda Insurgents in Sinai Peninsula
By Harold Hutchison
The Obama Administration is still denying the new Egyptian government ten AH-64 Apache helicopters for use in counter-insurgency operations. The freeze on arms deliveries has been in place since Mohammed Morsi was removed from power last summer.
The Obama Administration opposed the ouster of Morsi, who was backed by the Muslim Brotherhood, which took power after ousting Hosni Mubarak in 2011 during the early days of the Arab Spring. Mubarak had ruled Egypt since the murder of Anwar Sadat in 1981.
According to a report by the Washington Free Beacon, the Egyptian government requested the attack helicopters in recent weeks as one State Department official noted, “The Egyptians are fighting in the Sinai to protect their own interests, Jordanian interests, and Israeli interests. They’re in a tough fight and the administration is refusing to provide the Apaches, which is tantamount to supporting the Muslim Brotherhood.”
At least one terrorist group linked to al-Qaeda, Ansar Bait al-Maqdis, has been operating in the Sinai Peninsula. The Obama Administration has also frozen deliveries of F-16 Fighting Falcon multi-role fighters, parts for M1A1 Abrams tanks, and Harpoon anti-ship missiles.