Whither the MFO? The US presence in Sinai has seen its best days

Source: Middle East Institute

Author(s): Geoffrey Aronson

Original Link: https://www.mei.edu/publications/whither-mfo-us-presence-sinai-has-seen-its-best-days

The Sinai-based Multinational Force & Observers (MFO) will soon celebrate its 41st anniversary. Like most of what the MFO does, recognition will be low key and understated. The MFO has always operated under the radar, but this may soon be changing. 

The organization was established by the U.S., Israel, and Egypt to monitor the separation of forces agreements at the heart of the 1979 Israel-Egypt Peace Treaty. Almost two decades after U.S. officials first raised the prospect of ending U.S. support for the mission, the Trump administration, with critical backing from the Pentagon, may now be poised to close the books on the MFO.

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