The first shipment of mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles (MRAP) from the US has been delivered to the Egyptian military, according to the US Embassy in Egypt.

While the number of vehicles delivered was not stated, it is the first round of MRAPs out of 762 the US plan to send to Egypt.

According to the embassy, “this new capability will be used to combat terrorism and promote stability in the region.”

And Maj. Gen. Charles Hooper, a senior defense official at the US Embassy in Egypt, said: “The delivery of these MRAPs to Egypt provides a crucial capability needed during these times of regional instability and is part of the continuing strong relationship between the US and Egypt.” […]