Peace-Keepers

U.S. troops arrive in the Sinai

Wearing flamboyant orange berets and somber brown camouflage uniforms, the 676 members of the 82nd Airborne Division bounded down the ramps of the two blue-and-white El Al jumbo jets. After a 14-hr, flight from Fort Bragg, N.C., they were emerging into the 80° temperature of the Sinai Peninsula—and spearheading a new role for the U.S. in the Middle East. There was a brief delay when it was discovered that the soldiers, like careless tourists, had forgotten to fill out Israeli immigration cards. Finally, clutching their M-16 rifles, the...

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