EGYPT DRAFTS GENERALS AND PILOTS TO FIGHT ALONGSIDE SYRIAN ARMY AGAINST THE TERRORISTS
Egyptian military servicemen have recently arrived to Syria in order to support the Syrian government in its war against terrorists, according various media reports.
Egypt has allegedly sent some 18 helicopter pilots to the Hama Airbase. These pilots are set to participate in joint Egyptian-Syrian operations against terrorists.
There are reportedly four senior Egyptian military figures already in Syria. Two Egyptian Major Generals have been reportedly operating at the Syrian Armed Forces Staff Headquarters in Damascus and touring various fronts since they arrived the country month ago.
Earlier this week, the Lebanon-based As-Safir newspaper reported that Egyptian warplanes had landed the Hama Airbase for the first time. The newspaper claimed that jets were set to participate in operations against ISIS.
The new reports appeared amid a number of speculations about high profile security meetings between Cairo and Damascus.
Some pro-Assad sources expect that the Egyptian military can expand its involvement into the Syrian war on the side of government forces.
On November 22, Egypt’s President Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi said in an interview with Portugal’s RTP TV that Cairo will support the Syrian national army in its battle against terrorists.
“Syria has been for five years suffering a deep crisis. Our stance is that we respect the will of the Syrian people,” the Egyptian president added, saying that the political settlement will be the best way to solve the conflict.
Earlier in November, SouthFront reported that a group of Egyptian officers had arrived to Syria in order to learn from Russian military advisers that are embedded with government troops at the battle against terrorists across the country.
In October 2016, Russian airborne troops arrived Egypt to participate in a joint military drill with the host country. The drill was codenamed “Defenders of Friendship 2016”.