315 articles tagged "Egypt"
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Obama Makes Tardy Grab for ME Leadership, Slams Brakes on Iran in Yemen
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 23, 2015

Obama is moderating his support for Iran’s pretensions to No.1 Middle East power after Tehran let Shiite militias in Iraq and Houthis in Yemen loose to attack Sunni Muslims.

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Sunni Arab Camp Rises up against Tehran in Yemen and Obama’s Pro-Iran Policy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2015

The surprise Saudi-Egyptian-GCC military action in Yemen for cutting down Iran’s proxy Houthis may be the opening shot for further Sunni action against Shiite Iran’s Middle East positions.

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Iran’s Dash for Yemeni Ports and Red Sea Straits Stalled by Saudi-Egyptian Intervention
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 26, 2015

In the Yemen operation, the Sunni camp led by Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the GCC cuts short Iran’s supplies to the Houthi rebels and advance on Aden.

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Barack Obama and King Salman
Obama and Salman have Little in Common outside Affinity for Muslim Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 26, 2015

Obama and Salman have little in common except for their shared affinity for the Muslim Brotherhood. The new king appears to prefer Turkey to Egypt as a close ally.

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Israeli Drones Boost Egyptian Fight against Islamists’ “Sinai Province”
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2015

Egypt has joined forces with Israel to fight the spreading Islamist terror which is escalating on three fronts from Libya to Sinai and from Suez to the Delta. Israel is contributing advanced military drones.

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Saudi King Salman
Salman Revives Nuclear Pact with Pakistan, Blocks Russian Access to Cairo
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 12, 2015

Salman is a fast mover: In a month on the throne, he is strengthening ties with Washington, reviving the nuclear pact with Pakistan and blocking Cairo against Russian arms with a French deal.

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Egyptian forces build up in Sinai to battle Islamists
Israel and Egypt forewarned of synchronized ISIS-Sinai assaults in both countries
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2015

Egyptian and Israeli intelligence have discovered the former Ansar Bait al-Maqdis - reborn as the Islamic State’s operational arm in Sinai – well into advanced preparations for a large-scale terrorist offensive targeting Israel forces manning the Egyptian frontier, along with another multiple assault on Egyptian targets in Sinai, the Suez and Cairo. debkafile: Elated by the success of their Jan. 29 multiple attacks, which left at least 40 Egyptians dead and more than 100 injured, the Islamist group is determined to keep going.  Israeli forces are well prepared. 

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Islamists Target Jordan’s King Abdullah, Eye Egypt’s El-Sisi and the Suez Canal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 5, 2015

ISIS tacticians figured that the horrific murder of the Jordanian pilot would drum up anti-US sentiment and popular Arab calls to quit the US-led coalition.

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Hamas' Khaled Meshaal heads for new exile
Meshaal on point of relocating Hamas’ political headquarters from Doha to Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 27, 2014

Hamas’ political leader Khaled Meshaal, having found sanctuary from Damascus in Doha, is again being hounded from pillar to post. debkafile: A deal struck this week between Egypt and Qatar could force the Hamas leader to settle in the Iranian capital. This would afford Tehran a foothold in the Gaza Strip, its second Mediterranean outpost on the Israeli border after Lebanon. The Egyptian-Qatari memo of understanding, signed in Cairo Wednesday, Dec. 24, pulls emirate support from Brotherhood and Hamas operations against Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi speaking at a mosque in Mosul
ISIS posts a new forward command group to Egyptian Sinai - at Israel’s back door
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2014

A group of at least ten ISIS operations and intelligence officers, led by a senior commander, has arrived in Sinai and taken charge of the local Ansar Beit al-Maqdas jihadis, thereby opening up a dangerous new front against Egypt and Israel, in proximity to the Suez Canal, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, debkafile reports. Since Ansar pledged allegiance to IS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdad considers Sinai a province of his Islamic caliphate. His forward command in Sinai is directed to move from targeting Egypt to fighting the “Egyptian-Zionist alliance.”

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US Gen. John Allen to lead war on ISIS
US Gen. John Allen named to lead coalition war on ISIS, but allies deterred by Obama’s ambiguities
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 13, 2014

“We’re going to build the kind of coalition that allows us to lead, but also isn’t entirely dependent on what we do,” said President Barack Obama at a fundraiser in Baltimore Friday, Sept. 12. That was exactly the kind of ambiguous comment which the governments America is wooing to join the coalition find so off-putting. And so, US Gen. John Allen, appointed Friday, Sept 12, to lead the coalition, learned that 10 Arab and Muslim leaders were just as equivocal when Secretary of State John Kerry’s asked them for combat troops.

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US Prepares Air Strikes against Libya’s Most Powerful Militia. Egypt and UAE Join in
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 12, 2014

The US, Egypt and UAE are ready for a concentrated air campaign to crush Libya’s most dangerous militias and restore stable government to Tripoli.

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Israel's Ofeq 10 spy satellite
Israeli intel available only to US dangled as bait for Arabs to join Obama’s anti-IS coalition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis September 9, 2014

A “Western diplomat” reported Monday, Sept. 8, that “Israel has provided satellite imagery…in support of the US-led aerial campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq.” This information was “shared by Washington with Arab and Turkish allies after being “scrubbed of evidence of its Israeli origin.”  debkafile: This tall tale is clearly part of a deep US game - to break up the Saudi-Egyptian-UAE bloc which backed Israel’s Gaza operation, and draw Arab allies into the Obama coalition for fighting the Islamic State, offering the bait of Israeli intelligence available only through Washington.

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Egypt and Emirates Ask Obama to Stay out of Their Action against Qatar
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 29, 2014

UAE and Egypt work together to strike Qatari-backed Islamist militias in Libya, in the alliance’s first overt military strike at Qatar and its proxies.

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Israel-Hamas truce deal in effect from Tuesday 7 p.m. Heavy Palestinian barrage last minute kills 2 Israelis
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 26, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Egyptian President Abdel-Fatteh El-Sisi were able to bring Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip to accept an unlimited ceasefire in hostilities in effect from 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 26, based on the 2012 deal. Netanyahu did not ask for his ministers’ endorsement, knowing he did not have majority support in the cabinet. Hamas violated all eleven agreed truces during during the 50-day Gaza conflict. Up to the last minute, Hamas kept up heavy rocket and mortar fire, causing two Israeli deaths and seven injured in the Eshkol District. 

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PA negotiator Ahmad al-Azzam
Cairo draft accord may embody Israeli concessions on security in return for Hamas truce
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 19, 2014

debkafile’s intelligence sources disclose that the Egyptian-brokered draft deal Israeli and Hamas delegates inked in Cairo Monday night, Aug. 18, said to contain, in return for a Hamas commitment to withhold rocket fire on the Israeli population, a number of major Israeli waivers. The draft is subject to endorsement by the Israeli security cabinet, which does not convene until Tuesday. They may entail lifting the siege on the Gaza Strip by permission to establish deep sea and air ports - before Hamas is made to disarm, and also talks on releasing prisoners.

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Binyamin Netanyahu, Recep Tayyip Erdogan
US Inks Deal for Selling Missiles to Turkey, Blocks Missile Deal for Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 14, 2014

The newly elected Recep Tayyip Erdogan, bolstered by a US arms deal, has Israel’s leaders preparing for a potential Turkish air or sea attack.

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IDF mobile artillery ready for resumed Gaza warfare
Fresh Gaza hostilities likely Wednesday. IDF to expand counteraction for Hamas rockets
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 12, 2014

The seventh truce in the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict is generally expected to end Wednesday night Aug. 13, with fresh hostilities triggered by Hamas rockets. The Cairo talks never got off the ground because the gaps between Israel and the Palestinians were unbridgeable, and the Palestinian team was moreover divided against itself. This time, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon are preparing broad action in response to Palestinian rocket fire. They know that the public and the army too have run out of patience with half-measures.

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An Israeli tank convoy heading for Gaza
For new ceasefire, Israel agrees to shrink Gaza buffer zone, for Hamas demilitarization, a seaport
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 10, 2014

In response to Egyptian mediation, Israel is ready to shrink the security zone inside the Gaza Strip by 200 meters, provided the Palestinian Hamas observes a further 72-hour ceasefire going into effect at midnight Sunday, Aug. 10, debkafile reports. And if the truce holds overnight, Israeli negotiators will return to Cairo Monday morning to resume the talks interrupted by Hamas rocket fire Friday. debkafile further reports that Israel may also allow Gaza Strip to have a seaport at some time in the future, in return for the territory’s demilitarization.

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Hamas military spokesman Abu Obaida declares war
Hamas resumes rocket attacks on Israel, after ultimatum demanding open seaport for Gaza or war
DEBKAfile Special Report August 8, 2014

Hours before the 72-hour Gaza ceasefire was due to expire Friday morning, Aug. 8, the Palestinian Hamas’ military wing slapped down an ultimatum before Israel: Either allow the Gaza Strip to have an open seaport – which would be tantamount to lifting the Gaza blockade - or prepare for a long and brutal war of attrition with thousands of fatalities. Abu Obeida, spokesman of Hamas’ military wing, Ezz e-Din Al-Qassam, announced that their new rockets with large warheads would strike Ben Gurion airport and cut Israel off from its air transport links.

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