“For months, the nearly 700 American soldiers deployed on the ground in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula have weathered a crisis all but indistinguishable from their fellow troops in Iraq. Living amid blast walls topped with razor wire, riding only in up-armored vehicles, the troops face a constant threat of attacks from extremist groups loyal to the so-called Islamic State. On Thursday, four of those troops were injured when their convoy rolled out of the ‘North Camp’ just a few miles east of the Egypt-Israeli border and hit two improvised explosive devices. None of the injuries were life-threatening, but it was the latest indication that the fight against the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, is rapidly developing a new front in Egypt, the Arab world’s most populous and historically influential nation.”
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