Missouri National Guard ramps up training for Egypt

Monday, August 22, 2011 | 8:37 a.m. CDT; updated 4:31 p.m. CDT, Monday, August 22, 2011

ST. LOUIS — The deployment of the Missouri National Guard to Egypt once seemed a relatively relaxed assignment. Not now.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reports that the National Guard is intensifying training in preparation for deployment of 93 Guard members next month for a year-long peacekeeping tour in Egypt.

In the past, the deployment might have seemed rather low-key given the long relationship of Egypt as one of the closest U.S. allies in the Arab world. But that changed six months ago when pro-democracy demonstrators ousted longtime Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Meanwhile, there is growing concern in Washington about anti-American sentiment from Egypt.


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