Soldiers in military vehicles proceed towards the al-Jura district in El-Arish city from Sheikh Zuwaid, around 350 km (217 miles) northeast of Cairo May 21, 2013. Egyptian army and police forces stepped up roadblocks in north Sinai in a hunt for militant Islamists who kidnapped seven security officers last week, a security source said on Tuesday. REUTERS/Stringer
AMN: Egyptian soldiers arrive in Syria: reports
DAMASCUS, SYRIA (10:40 A.M.) - A group of officers from the Egyptian Army traveled to the Syrian port-city of Tartous on Tuesday to train with Russia's military advisors near the Islamic State's front-lines.
According to several reports from local activists, the Egyptian officers were accompanied by Russian military personnel upon their arrival to Tartous on Tuesday.
The Egyptian, Russian and Syrian militaries have not confirmed these reports; however, if true, it could be an important step towards reconciliation.
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WNU Editor: The official line is that these are Egyptian officers training with Russian military advisers near the Islamic State front lines. Hmmm ... I suspect that this deployment is more than just that .... that this is Egypt's version of "mission creep" in Syria's war.
Hat tip to RRH for this link.