Illinois troops in Egypt not seriously affected by riots

January 29, 2011

Produced by Associated Press

Illinois National Guard officials said the 440 Illinois soldiers on a yearlong peace-keeping mission in Egypt have not been seriously affected by the rioting in Cairo and other major Egyptian cities.
      
The Illinois troops aren't able to use commercial communication methods, which the Egyptian government has shut down, but Guard officials in Springfield said they have been in contact with the soldiers.
      
Guard officials told the Springfield State Journal-Register that the Illinois troops, who are stationed in the Sinai Peninsula near the Egyptian-Israeli border, have not been targeted during the riots and are hundreds of miles from the unrest.
      
The Illinois Guard's 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery Regiment deployed to Egypt in May. About 20 members of the Springfield-based 233rd Military Police Company are also deployed there.