Many protesters are questioning why the United States is sending in 10 Apache Helicopters to Egypt. According to Pentagon Spokesman Colonel Steve Warren, they have identified a very significant mutual national security interest. The 10 Apache Helicopters from the United States Egypt will use against combating terrorism in Sinai.
Some student protests have clashed with Egyptian police in relation to the support provided by the United States and because of Egypt’s “rocky” transition back to democracy.
According to Program on Arab Politics at the Washington Institute Director David Schenker, terrorism in the Middle East, including Egypt, is a growing concern. The terrorists of Sinai is growing in influence, and this ungoverned space had been underserved by previous Egyptian governments.
Al-Qaeda link militants continue to use Sinai as a means to penetrate Egypt and the helicopters will prove an effective weapon. Russian helicopters were also considered for the task.
The Pentagon had also said that it was in the best interest of the United States to ensure Egypt’s security in the region. Political analysts said that the US support can help ease the tensions between the two countries.
The US said that they would also ensure that the Egyptian government does not use the helicopters against civilians, something that many protesters fear from their military-backed interim government.