Edit: A commenter, Rebeccaryan, at NCRenegade says the troops are going as part of a continuous deployment since 1980
Tip o’ the hat to NC Renegade
Evidently, the Obama administration has agreed to send US assets to the Sinai Peninsula to fight weapons smuggling into Gaza. From Debka:
“US security and civilian units will need to be deployed in Egyptian Sinai to man the fence system and operate it as an active counter-measure for obstructing the smuggling of Iranian weapons supplies.”
I doubt this will turn into anything like Afghanistan, probably just an indefinite “policing” action along the Egypt/Gaza border. Who knows though, we’ve armed the Muslim Brotherhood heavily enough that they may try something.