314 articles tagged "Egypt"
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Gemal Mubarak in jail
Today: Mubarak. Tomorrow: Tantawi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2011

The Egyptian prosecutor general's decicion to put deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his sons on trial -  the former for his life - indicates the powerlessness of the ruling supreme military council in the face of the street. This weakness emboldens the Muslim Brotherhood and opens the door to Iranian penetration.

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Asif Ali Zardari and Abdullah Gul
Ankara Tries Its Luck with Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt, Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2011

The uprising against the Assad regime in Syria finally knocked over the Turkish-Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah axis. Erdogan's vision of Turkey as the all-purpose super-mediator vanished into the blue yonder. He is now trying to climb back on the horse through the Muslim Brotherhood chapters of Egypt and Syria.

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Israeli airborne missile kills three senior Hamas gunmen
Israel and Hamas near a Spring war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 2, 2011

After weeks of rising tension, Israel and Hamas have taken a step towards a full-blown military confrontation: Saturday, April 2, an Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades gunmen in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army spokesman said the operation pre-empted a major Palestinian terror-cum-kidnap campaign scheduled for Passover. Hamas warned Israel its "dangerous escalation" would have "consequences." debkafile's sources: The coming conflict will be influenced by the changing forces rising from current Arab unrest.

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IDF shows Iranian arms bound for Gaza
Hamas wins Cairo's recognition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2011

Israeli living near Gaza woke up Saturday, March 19, to the most massive mortar attack in years – 50 rounds fired in 15 minutes. Two civilians were injured and substantial damage caused to property. Hamas has unusually claimed responsibility, emboldened by the support it has won from a new ally, Egypt, which is also forging new ties with Syria - and the Netanyahu government's disregard of the changing winds blowing in from Egypt including Cairo's de facto recognition of Hamas rule in Gaza.

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US FA-18 Super Hornet fighter-bombers
Five air forces set to attack Libya. Qaddafi threatens reprisals in Europe and ME
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2011

The resolution the UN Security Council passed Thursday night, March 17 approved not only a no-fly zone for Libya but also "all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack" – a mandate for military steps short of invasion. It was carried by 10 votes with Russia, China, Brazil, India and Germany abstaining. The US, British, French, UAE and Qatar air forces are on standby. If attacked, Libya threatens retaliation against civilian and military targets in Europe and the Middle East.

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Beset from Khartoum in the South and El Arish to the North
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2011

Iran, Hamas and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood have set up two staging centers ion Khartoum and El Arish, Sinai for grabbing power in Cairo. The Palestinian fundamentalist Hamas has undergone a transformation in the last two years. Today, Tehran has made Hamas an important vehicle for carrying Iranian influence - and smuggled weapons - into the heart of the popular uprisings overtaking the Arab world, especially in Egypt.

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Hillary Clinton
In Cairo, Clinton Finds Generals without an Army and Little Taste for Democracy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2011

Washington has excellent relations with the Egyptian military rulers but their control of the country is extremely limited. The soldiers would rather desert than obey orders. The police are off the streets and the civilian government goes its own way.

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Heavy mortar shell in A.S. Victoria weapons cargo
Israeli navy intercepts vessel carrying arms delivered by Iranian warships
DEBKAfile Special Report March 15, 2011

Israeli Navy commandos intercepted the German-owned A.S. Victoria Tuesday, March 15 about 320 kilometers off Israel's Mediterranean coast on its way from the Turkish port of Mercin to Egypt.
The Liberian-flagged vessel was carrying a large consignment of weapons bound for the Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip. debkafile reports the Victoria  collected the weapons at the Syrian port of Latakia, where they had been offloaded by the two Iranian warships which transited the Suez Canal February 22.

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Saudi Special Forces cross into Bahrain
Saudis send 3,500 troops to Bahrain
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 15, 2011

The Saudi force that went into Bahrain Monday, March 14, along with UAE and Kuwaiti units, to stabilize the royal regime is larger than reported, consisting of a National Guard brigade, a mechanized brigade of the Saudi army and a tank battalion – altogether 3,500 men. Until recently close American allies, the two Gulf rulers flouted President Obama's policy of supporting popular uprisings, encouraged by Qaddafi gaining the upper hand against Libya's rebels and Washington's constraints against military intervention.

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Iranian Dollars Oil Radical Muslim-Fomented Mayhem in Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2011

Iran is moving in on the Arab revolt now in its third month. Its agents are whipping together the most radical domestic Muslim elements, Sunni and Shiite alike, as a vehicle for importing its own influence into the heart of the turbulent capitals. With funding from Tehran, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is moving in on city streets as the country sinks quietlly into anarchy.

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US Defense Secretary Robert Gates
Gates on urgent mission to Cairo as military rulers lose grip
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 5, 2011

President Barack Obama Saturday, March 5, asked Defense Secretary Robert Gates to set out for Cairo on an emergency mission to help Egypt's military rulers regain control of a situation which is slipping into the hands of the increasingly radicalized protesters, debkafile reports. Friday, thousands of protesters seized control of Egyptian security police (Mahabis Namn El Dawla) headquarters, shutting down its operations across the country. Iran is transmitting large sums to the Muslim Brotherhood through Hamas.

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Hosni Mubarak faces corruption probe
Mubarak faces probe on gas to Israel, warrants for Israeli, US partners
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 4, 2011

The prospects of Egypt resuming its gas supplies to Israel dropped to zero Thursday, March 3 when Egypt's state security prosecutor Abdel Magid Mahmud announced that deposed president Hosni Mubarak would be summoned for questioning next week about allegedly corrupt deals for selling Israel Egyptian gas at knock-down prices, debkafile's Cairo sources report. He also plans to issue arrest warrants against Israeli and American partners in EMG, the firm set up jointly for the gas deal. The military rulers are not interfering.

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Muammar Qaddafi
Washington Weighs Egyptian Military Action in Cyrenaica
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2011

Failing European will or capability for military action to halt Libya's civil war and remove Muammar Qaddafi, Washington has approached Egypt to undertake a limited operation. Hesitant at first, the military rulers saw the perils continuing Libyan unrest posed Egypt.

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Two Civil Wars - Two Military Juntas - Seven Regimes in Peril - Al Qaeda Expanding
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 25, 2011

The Middle East and North Africa are beset with two civil wars, have brought to power two military juntas, imperil seven regimes, including Pakistan and provided Al Qaeda with fresh fields to conquer.

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Yusuf Al-Qaradawi, Sunni Islamist preacher
Military opens Tahrir Sq. for Islamic radical to preach jihad
DEBKAfile Special Report February 19, 2011

In their first week in power, Egypt's new military rulers took two steps that had nothing to do with democratic reform. They allowed Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the radical Sunni preacher exiled by Hosni Mubarak ,to return home and lead a victory assembly in Tahrir Square Friday night, Feb. 17 with a call to march on Al Aqsa in Jerusalem. From Qatar, al-Qaradawi repeatedly justified suicide bombings against Israelis. The second was permission for two Iranian war ships to transit the Suez Canal.

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Iranian Kharg with missiles for Hizballah
Cairo and Tehran connive to slip Iranian warships through Suez
DEBKAfile Special Report February 19, 2011

The two Iranian warships transited the Suez Canal and have reached the Mediterranean, Iran state TV announced Sunday, Feb. 20.  Cairo is still saying they will sail only Monday.  debkafile reports Tehran and Cairo have connived fake delays to obscure the ships' movements. Egypt's military rulers' permission for their passage was not contingent on an inspection of their freights for banned cargo. Sunday, the region was beset with a sandstorm which would have masked the flotilla from spy satellites.

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Egyptian troop buildup in Sinai. For how long?
Netanyahu lets Egypt build up its Sinai army to 4,000 troops
DEBKAfile Special Report February 18, 2011

Without serious aforethought, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak waved through another 3,000 Egyptian troops into North Sinai, raising their number to 4,000 and virtually scrapping the key demilitarization clause of the 1979 peace treaty. No conditions were laid down and no timeline or operational limits set, debkafile's sources report.  Israel asked the military rulers in Cairo – directly and through Washington - to deny Iranian warships passage through the Suez Canal – but was ignored.

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Egypt military council
Egypt's Generals Dig in for Long Haul, Veto Muslims in Government
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2011

The 25 generals who assumed power in Egypt last Friday have informed Washington that the transition to democratic elections and government would take at least a year or two. They also challenged the Obama administrations' plan to bring the Muslim Brotherhood into government as a prescription for civil war.

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Generals Shocked by Their Own Coup: Three Names Mooted for Top Gun
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2011

The heads of Egypt's military were almost as reluctant to step into power as Mubarak was to leave. The names of four generals are tentatively mentioned as Egypt's next ruler – but the junta would pull his strings.

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Dianne Feinstein
US and Israeli intelligence Blinded Themselves on Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 18, 2011

The US and Israel made the same mistake of using Intelligence Minister Omar Suleiman as their single line of information on Egypt - and were caught napping. They are still woefully wanting on Egyptian political and military intelligence.

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