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.
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.
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.
The first Iranian aid ship for
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.
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.
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
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2010
The director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, paid secret visits to
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 7, 2010
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2009
Tuesday, Nov. 18, Egypt's special forces and engineering units suddenly shut down operations against the smuggling tunnels to Gaza without warning to Washington or Jerusalem, debkafile's military sources report. US and Israeli requests for clarifications from Cairo were not answered. So the Obama administration signaled Egypt that if it continues to violate international accords, there will be consequences.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2009
High-ranking Hamas officials in Gaza keep their sons, brothers, wives, cousins living in comfort in Cairo. Monday night, Oct. 12, Egypt's Mukhabarat (security service) began quietly rounding up hundreds of these Gazans and throwing them into jail for "questioning," debkafile's Middle East sources report.
Intelligence minister Gen. Omar Suleiman finally got fed up with Hamas and its stubborn refusal to sign a reconciliation accord with rival Fatah blaming Iran and Syria.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 25, 2009
Addressing the media after his White House talks with US president Barack Obama Tuesday, Aug. 18, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak spoke at length about the need for a final Israeli-Palestinian peace. However, in their closed discussions, debkafile's Washington sources disclose, the Egyptian leader urged Obama to put the conflict on a back burner for now and focus on the far more urgent issue of Iran's advance toward a nuclear weapon.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2009
According to debkafile's Washington and intelligence sources, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's trip to Washington this week, his first in four years, is primarily a farewell visit and a bid to assure his son Gemal Mubarak's smooth accession to the presidency, rather than in-depth discussions on the Middle East.
The next presidential election would normally take place in 2011 but Hosni's uncertain state of health could force the vote to be brought forward to next year with Gemal running as the NDP's candidate.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2009
"Concentrate instead on an overall peace deal," said Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president in a PBS interview Monday night, Aug 17, before meeting US president Barack Obama Tuesday.
But the top items of the Egyptian ruler's crowded Washington agenda, debkafile's Washington sources report, were the Iranian threat and recognition of his son Gemal Mubarak's as his successor.
He planned to lay before Obama the tacit collaboration between his government, Israel and Saudi Arabia for thwarting Iran's efforts to attain a nuclear bomb, which the US president has refused to endorse.
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 26, 2009
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak arrived in Paris Tuesday, July 21, for talks with French president Nicolas Sarkozy and prime minister Francois Fillon, billed officially as focusing on the Middle East and the outcome of the July 8 G8 summit.
debkafile's sources, were staged as a front for his admittance to a Paris hospital for tests and a surgical procedure later this week.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2009
If successful, Binyamin Netanyahu's first meeting as Israeli prime minister with Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak at Sharm el Sheikh Monday, May 11, may well mark an epic turning-point in Middle East history recalling the 1979 peace breakthrough with Egypt. Their common goals - and Mubarak speaks for the Saudi king Abdullah on this issue - are the formation of an Arab-Israeli front against Iran and putting a spoke in US president Barack Obama's planned detente with Tehran.
Most of all, the Netanyahu government utterly rejects the Palestinian-Iran tradeoff proposed by the Obama administration - and reaffirmed by US National adviser Gen. James Jones Sunday - that a two state-solution would diminish Iran's existential threat to Israel.
Israel points out that no guarantees are offered for the latter. Therefore, Netanyahu prefers to put the Iranian menace on a different, regional footing.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2009
From early 2006, Egyptian and Western security services and Israeli intelligence have been aware of Hizballah's smuggling operations for Hamas on behalf of Tehran and Iran's covert networks in Sinai and the Suez Canal cities of Port Said, Suez and Ismailia.
But last Wednesday, April 8, Cairo disclosed that Egyptian security forces had arrested 49 men, 41 Egyptians, seven Israeli Arabs, and one Lebanese citizen on charges of supporting Hamas and Hizballah. Iran was not mentioned. The arrests had begun last November and were continuing.
The disclosure sparked a slanging match between Cairo and Hizballah leader Hassan Nasrallah. Yet neither touched the real bone of contention.
It suited neither party to admit that the gang Cairo exposed led to a major undercover Iranian network operating in Egypt for three years.
In the event of an American or Israeli military strike against its nuclear facilities, Tehran would have resources in place for retaliating against Saudi and Western traffic passing through the Suez Canal, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Horn of Africa.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu lifted Israel's objection to the appointment of Egyptian culture minister Farouk Hosni to the top job at UNESCO, the UN Culture and Education agency, thus disarming an international campaign to scuttle his candidacy over his anti-Israel comments.
Wednesday, Hosni apologized for such comments as calling for Israeli books in Egypt's libraries to be burnt and calling Israeli culture "inhuman."
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2009
Six hundred Egyptian commandos are deployed in northern Sinai and divided Rafah for Cairo's first serious effort ever to cork up the hundreds of Hamas' arms smuggling mega-tunnels into the Gaza Strip, debkafile's military sources reveal.
"If Cairo had done this three years ago," said as a high-ranking Israeli officer, "Iran might never have been able to move in on the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip or spread its wings across into Egypt territory.