317 articles tagged "Egypt"
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Millions of Muslim worshippers to turn out Friday
Muslim Brotherhood joins Egyptian protesters
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2011

The Mubarak regime was badly shaken Thursday night, Jan. 27, when Egypt's most powerful opposition movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, ordered its teeming membership to join the protest movement raging in Cairo and other cities since Tuesday after Friday (Jan. 28) prayers.  With many millions about to join the demonstrations, the president has little choice but to order the army in - without being entirely certain that it will obey orders to crack down on disorder.

Mubarak's Fate Hangs between the Street, the Army and the Muslims
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 27, 2011

Egyptian authorities wait anxiously to see if the millions of Muslims attending the mosques Friday join the anti-government demonstrations rocking the cities since Tuesday or stay on the fence. Field Marshall Tantawi returned home empty-handed from Washington where he asked for American backing for Mubarak's friendly regime.

Popular anger is directed against President Mubarak.
First 1,000 opposition activists arrested in Egyptian protests
DEBKAfile Special Report January 26, 2011

Hundreds of opposition activists were arrested by Egyptian security forces in Cairo, Alexandria and Suez Wednesday in an attempt to quell the stormy anti-government demonstrations which began sweeping Egyptian cities Tuesday, Jan. 25, before they get out of hand. After nightfall, hundreds braved the ban on street protests and gatherings and took to the streets of Cairo and Suez. Cairo reports 500 arrests, while debkafile's Middle East say the figure is closer to 1,000, including journalists.

Saud al-Faisal
Saudi Throne Braces for Tunisia-Style Revolt by Young Jobless
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 21, 2011

The high jobless rate among educated young Saudis is the greatest peril to the throne. The class most likely to cause trouble is that of young educated Saudis who are bitterly frustrated by the dearth of jobs for high school and university graduates.
Unemployment in the oil kingdom stands at 30 percent for men and 50 percent for women. 

Mililtary coup end Ben Ali's rule of Tunisia
Tunisian president flees military coup. Foreboding in Cairo and Amman
DEBKAfile Special Report January 14, 2011

Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali has been overthrown in a military coup. Friday, Jan. 14 he fled his riot-stricken country in the middle of his fifth term as president, handing interim authority to Prime Minister Mohammad Ghannoushi. debkafile's sources report the real power in the land is the army.

Arab regimes were dismayed by the fall of the Tunisian president, the first Arab ruler to be overthrown by street demonstrations making way for a military coup. Tourists are being evacuated and European flights to Tunis cancelled.

21 Copts murdered outside Alexandria church
Homegrown terror strikes Copts in Alexandria
DEBKAfile Special Report January 2, 2011

The suicide attack on the Coptic Saints Church in Alexandria, northern Egypt, which left 21 dead and 79 injured after New Year's mass, was carried out by a local Egyptian Islamic Jihad extremist, debkafile's counter-terror sources report.  In calling for national unity, President Hosni Mubarak stepped away from blaming Al Qaeda, which has been massacring Iraqi Christians. But he also glossed over homegrown terror by calling the attack "a foreign assault."

Mikhail Margelov, top Russian emissaryl who met S. Sudanese officials in Tel Aviv
Cairo furious over Moscow-Jerusalem-S. Sudan ties
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis December 25, 2010

A secret meeting in Tel Aviv on Dec. 16 between the high-ranking Russian emissary Mikhail Margelov and representatives of the South Sudanese semi-autonomous government so infuriated Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak that he ordered his intelligence minister Gen. Omar Suleiman to hit back by accusing Israel of recruiting Egyptian agents as spies. Cairo fears upheavals following Jan. 9 referenda in oil-rich South Sudan and Abyei will prejudice its control of Nile waters.

Mixing Water, Oil and Radical Islam Makes the Nile Boil
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 23, 2010

Egypt's Hosni Mubarak and Libya's Muammar Qaddafi both visited Khartoum ahead of the January 9 self-determination referenda in oil-rich South Sudan and the province of Abyei. But Mubarak cares more about keeping his control of Nile waters intact, whereas Qaddafi's concerns focus on a rich fuel resource falling under Christian rule.

Hosni Mubarak
Intelligence Minister Omar Suleiman Throws His Hat in the Ring
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 9, 2010

Egypt's first lady does not want her son to succeed his father as president. Because of their spat and other squabbles at the top, the general election was a shambles and Intelligence Minister Omar Suleiman emerged as leading contender for the presidency.

Hosni Mubarak
The Results Are Predetermined. But Where Is Gemal Mubarak?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2010

Mubarak and his ruling party have swung deals with the opposition for distributing seats in the Nov. 28 parliamentary election. But the ordinary Egyptian wants to know where the heir apparent, his son Gemal, has disappeared to.

Egyptian tanks in joint drill with Saudis
Joint Saudi-Egyptian maneuver geared to Iranian threat
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2010

Egypt and Saudi Arabia secretly carried out their first ever joint exercise this week with the participation of their special operations, marine, armored, missile, air and naval forces, debkafile's military sources reveal.  Exercise Tabuk-2 was programmed to repulse a potential Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia by taking the battle over to Islamic Republican territory. It took place in Egypt's northern desert abutting the Mediterranean Sea where conditions resemble the eastern Saudi Arabian Persian Gulf coast.

Four Israelis shot dead on Aug. 30
Cairo shocked by Israel's inaction on terror, leaks Hamas hostage plot
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 20, 2010

After murdering four Israelis outside Hebron on Aug. 30, the Hamas gunmen planned to bury their bodies and use them as live hostages to extort the release of fellow-terrorists from Israeli jails. This was divulged by the Egyptian semi-official Al Ahram Monday, Sept. 20. Taken aback by Israel's failure to fight the new wave of Hamas terror, Cairo leaked this information, gained from grilling Hamas General Security chief Muhamad Hamis Dababash, to the Egyptian newspaper.

Aims to challenge Israel from Gaza border
Iran's Larijani plans to reach Gaza-Israel border
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 14, 2010

Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and foreign affairs and security committee chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi are preparing an epic descent on the Gaza Strip - at earliest next Saturday, June 19 - and a tour of the Israeli border debkafile's Iranian sources reveal. Tehran has applied to Cairo for visas for 200 Iranian lawmakers, leaning hard on Cairo for its assent - up to and including President Hosni Mubarak.

The first Iranian aid ship for Gaza set sail Monday, June 14.

Egyptian special units in Sinai
Egyptian forces in fierce battles with Sinai Bedouin jihadist smugglers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2010

For four days, Egyptian special forces have been fighting Bedouin tribesmen in rugged central Sinai in an effort to shut down the arms-cum-fighter smuggling highway they run for al Qaeda and the Palestinian Hamas, debkafile's counter-terror sources report. The al Qaeda-led tribesmen are battling Egyptian APCs, artillery and helicopters with heavy machine guns and RPGs, in exchanges so fierce that the Egyptians retired to El Arish Saturday, May 29, to recuperate, restock on ammo and collected reinforcements for the next round.

Hosni Mubarak
Obama Backs Handover to Mubarak Junior, Gemal
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 7, 2010

Hosni Mubarak prepares to step down at 82. His son and successor, Gemal (Jimmy) Mubarak, 52, has begun taking over some of the presidential duties.

Hosni Mubarak
Presidential Powers are in the Process of Transfer
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2010

Hosni Mubarak's son Gemal may find himself in the presidential palace sooner than expected. The transition was organized in detail last year by the ruling party's political and military establishments, affording little leeway to contenders like Mohammed ElBaradei.

Hamas kidnapper Mahmoud al-Mabhouh
Hamas blames Israel for death of kidnapper
DEBKAfile Special Report January 29, 2010

Senior Hamas commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, 50, died in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 20 and his body reached Damascus on Jan. 28, according to Izzat Rishq speaking at Hamas headquarters in the Syrian capital early Friday, Jan. 29.  He accused Israel of his assassination without specifying its circumstances.  Israeli spokesmen have not commented in the charge, which debkafile estimates may have been raised to distract from Hamas' many troubles.

Leon Panetta
CIA chief Panetta holds talks on Yemen in Cairo and Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2010

The director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, paid secret visits to Cairo and Jerusalem Thursday, Jan. 28, to prepare the ground for expanding US military intervention in Yemen against al Qaeda strongholds, thereby opening a fresh front in the war on Islamist terror organization.
He asked for an Egyptian expeditionary force to back up US special forces and the use of Egyptian airfields as jumping off bases for US air strikes.


Saudi FM Saud al-Faisal
New Egyptian-Saudi peace plan presented to Obama Friday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 7, 2010

At the core of the new peace proposal would be a letter signed by the US presidential underwriting an Israeli-Palestinian peace accord based on pre-1967 borders with adjustments to accommodate demographic changes, limited territorial swaps and support for East Jerusalem as capital of a future Palestinian state.

Egypt reinforces Gaza blockade by flooding tunnels, electronic fence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2009

debkafile's intelligence sources report that Cairo has stepped up its siege measures against the Hamas-ruled Gaza. To cut off its smuggling routes through Sinai, Egypt is reinforcing the wall of iron plates with a new pipe for flooding the smuggling tunnels with Mediterranean water.
Cairo is expected by our sources to present Israel with the bill for these unprecedented measures when Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak meets Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu in Cairo Tuesday, Dec. 29.

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