Monday, May 24, 2010

Illinois National Guard Unit Readies for Deployment to Egypt

Why is this Illinois National Guard unit deploying to Egypt of all places when there is a crisis in the Gulf of Mexico? Why isn't the Guard being deployed to the Gulf to help with the clean-up efforts in light of the Deepwater Horizon sinking?

More than 400 members of the Illinois National Guard got ready today to head to the Middle East, but the deployment this time will have little to do with Iraq or Afghanistan, officials said

About 440 soldiers of the 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment have been mobilized for an international peacekeeping mission in Egypt.

Source: Chicago Breaking News Center

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