Elayne Jude reports for Great North News Service
At a press conference with his Egyptian counterpart Sameh Shoukri in Cairo, US Secretary of State John Kerry said: "I am confident...that the Apaches will come and that they will come very, very soon." 23 June 2014. At the time of writing, those Apaches, instead of patrolling the skies over the insurgent Sinai peninsula, remain parked at Fort Hood.
Since the 2011 toppling of President Hosni Mubarak, the Sinai Peninsula has been used as a base for operations by al-Qaeda affiliates and other Islamic jihadist factions. As of early July 2014, according to the Egyptian military, nearly five hundred security officials have been killed by Sinai-based rebels. Al Jazeera quotes a figure of 1,400 killed in the security crackdown that began in September 2013, mostly Islamist protesters
Egypt possessed the capability to deal with extremism but lacked the political will to do so under President Muhammad Morsi, according to Michael Morell, former deputy director of central intelligence, now senior security correspondent for CBS. Since September 2013 the Egyptian military has been actively fighting peninsula jihadists, with repeated incursions into the strongholds of the North Sinai.