291 articles tagged "Egypt"
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Russian president Vladimir Putin on short Israel visit
Putin-Netanyahu talks to focus on rising Islamist power: Cairo then Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 25, 2012

The Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power in Egypt will have pushed aside Iran and energy as top issues when Monday, June 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin on a short visit to Israel meets Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. On this at least they have common ground:  The Muslim Brotherhood governments rolling out along Middle East shores with US encouragement – Libya, last year; Egypt, yesterday; and Syria, tomorrow – are seen as a threat to regional stability rivaling even the menace of a nuclear-armed Iran.

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Egypt's new president Muhammed Morsi
Muslim Brotherhood's Muhammed Morsi is president of Egypt
DEBKAfile Special Report June 24, 2012

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has achieved the goal set at its foundation 84 years ago: Its candidate Muhammed Morsi was declared Sunday afternoon, June 24, president of Egypt, with a 51.73 percent win over Ahmed Shafiq, former prime minister under the ousted Hosni Mubarak. Jubilant Brotherhood supporters massed in Tahrir Square are preparing to fight the Supreme Military Council to transfer the sweeping powers assumed by the generals to the president and back him in Egypt’s transformation into an Islamic republic akin to Iran.

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Members of Egypt's elite 999 anti-terror unit
Al Qaeda behind anti-Israel attacks from Gaza, Sinai. Egypt posts elite unit
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 24, 2012

Al Qaeda infiltrators from Libya are spearheading much of this month’s anti-Israel violence from Sinai and the Gaza Strip - a dangerous development Israel, Hamas, Egypt and the US prefer to conceal. It appears to tie in with the arrival of al Qaeda’s ex-Iraq fighters in Syria as part of its leader's master plan. Deeply concerned to check the spillover from Libya into Egypt, Cairo has posted its elite counter-terrorist “999 unit” in El Arish, on Egypt’s border with the Gaza Strip and along the northern sector of its frontier with Israel.

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Egyptian Military Turns to Saudis for Help against Obama-Backed Muslim Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2012

Field Marshal Tantawi and presidential contestant Ahmed Shafiq both made tracks to Riyadh this week for succor and support against the Muslim Brotherhood takeover of power in Cairo. Both were also going against US plans for supporting that takeover.

With no clear winner, Egypt is falling into two camps. Intelligence veteran Omar Suleiman seeing the writing on the wall left Egypt aboard a plane to Munich.

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David Michael Satterfield
Bedouin-al Qaeda-ruled Sinai: A Recipe for Strife between Israel and Islamist-ruled Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 21, 2012

The combination of lawless Sinai under the control of Bedouin bands, al Qaeda and Salafist militias and Cairo ruled by the Muslim Brotherhood is the recipe for strife between Israel and Egypt.

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Missile that injured Israeli Border Police
Tardy IDF intelligence, slow responses aggravated Gaza clash. Egypt cuts military contact
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 20, 2012

At a particularly sensitive moment in Israeli-Egyptian relations, Israel’s military leaders were caught napping by the June 18 terrorist attack from Sinai on the southern Route 10, in which an Israeli fence team worker was killed. Because they were too slow to catch on to the identity of the perpetrators (al Qaeda), those military chiefs aimed their reprisals at the wrong quarters (Hamas and Jihad Islami) and so set off a three-day, still ongoing missile-for-air strike cycle in Gaza.
Egyptian liaison officers meanwhile refuse to meet Israeli commanders.

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Muslim Brotherhood followers
Morsi will use street power for Egyptian presidency. The US backs Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis June 18, 2012

Islamist candidate Muhammad Mursi did not wait for the ballots to be counted before proclaiming himself President of Egypt. Shafiq’s protest that final results were not in was drowned out by street celebrations preparing the masses to confirm the Brotherhood win. The Netanyahu government did not oppose Obama’s policy of bringing Muslims to power through the ballot box and now faces Moslem adversaries from a strategic pit. To recover its deterrent effectiveness, Israel must dismantle Iran’s nuclear program by force.

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Ahmed Shafiq vs Muhammad Morsi in presidential contest
Cairo in turmoil: Generals assume legislative powers. Parliament dissolved
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 14, 2012

Egypt’s transitional military government assumes legislative powers after the constitutional court Thursday, June 14, dissolved parliament because one-third of its seats were gained illegally in an election which handed two Islamist parties a majority. Egyptians found they face a new general election two days before they vote in the presidential runoff.  The court also ruled that Ahmed Shafiq, Mubarak’s last prime minister, would stay in the presidential race.

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Ahmed Shafiq and Mohammed Morsi
Muslim Brotherhood Begin Forming Iran-Style Revolutionary Guards
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 8, 2012

The Brotherhood's Islamist militias, which first put in an appearance in Egypt's presidential election campaign last month to disrupt Ahmed Shafiq's rallies, quickly took on a national character. They then formed into hierarchical structures on the lines of the paramilitary militias which surfaced in the early years of Iran’s Shiite revolution in the early 1980s and evolved into Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps.

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Ahmed Shafiq, Hamdeen Sabahi, Mohammed Morsi
The Secular Presidential Candidate Has a Better-than-Expected Chance
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 1, 2012

The Muslim Brotherhood lost substantial ground between Egypt’s general and presidential elections round one. The emergence of the two frontrunners, the Brotherhood’s Mohammed Morsi and former PM Ahmed Shafiq, has cast the original revolutionaries and pro-democracy elements onto the sidelines.

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Mohammed Morsi and Ahmed Shafiq
The Two Presidential Contenders Are Tensed for Saudi and US Input
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 1, 2012

 

Results of the final round of the presidential vote in Egypt depends on two things: The candidates’ ability to organize their campaigns and funding from the Arab world and American sources.

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Al Qaeda Fighters Converging on Sinai from Across Muslim World
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 4, 2012

 

Egyptian Sinai is being turned into a lawless wasteland and jihadi recruiting center by the influx of al Qaeda fighters from across the Muslim world. Al Qaeda in Sinai is preparing to open a new front for terror in the western Middle East.

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Omar Suleiman
How Was Wily Ex-Spy Chief Omar Suleiman Lured into a Political trap?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 20, 2012

 

General Omar Suleiman was gulled into throwing his hat in the presidential ring by two generals who needed a fig leaf for disqualifying the two Islamist contenders for the presidency.

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Khairat El-Shater
Islamist Presidential Contenders Fight It out on the Egyptian Street
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2012

 

Omar Suleiman’s retirement from Egypt’s presidential race leaves the stage open to the Muslim Brotherhood and possible one other Islamist contender. Frontrunner Khairat El-Shater is offering his Salafist rivals perks for standing down. The Egyptian street will pick the winner.

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Muslim Brotherhood's Khairat El-Shater
Suleiman gives up presidential bid over Islamist foothold in young army elite
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2012

Former Egyptian intelligence strongman Gen. Omar Suleiman’s decision Thursday, April 5 to drop out of the race for president in the June election shocked Washington and Jerusalem and dashed their hopes of a figure capable of challenging Khairat El-Shater and halting or at least offsetting the Muslim Brotherhood’s monopoly of power in post-Mubarak Egypt. The Supreme Military Council ruling Egypt was told that Islamist power had become unstoppable after starting to penetrate the young army elite taking over in July, debkafile reports.

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Looming Collision between Egyptian Army and Muslim Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 29, 2012

 

Egypt’s military rulers have been whittling down the Muslim-Brotherhood-dominated parliament’s powers and begun backing its secular, pro-democracy, liberal opponents who plan to revive Tahrir protests.

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Mahmoud A-Zahar of Hamas welcomed in Tehran
Israel ultimatum: Stop the missiles by Saturday night. Hamas leader in Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 16, 2012

Israel Thursday night, March 15, gave Egypt and Hamas two days to halt the five-day missile offensive from Gaza or expect IDF action against the shooters. debkafile reports that the missile operation has been taken over by a small group of Salafi Palestinians linked to al Qaeda. And Hamas leader Mahmoud A-Zahar is currently visiting Tehran and being urged by his Iranian hosts to block a ceasefire so as draw the Israeli military into a messy showdown with the Salafis.

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Palestinian Grad lands on Beersheba outskirts
Palestinians maintain low-level attacks confident Israel will avoid a showdown
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 13, 2012

Six mortar rounds exploded on empty ground in the Eshkol farm district abutting on the Gaza Strip shortly before Tuesday March 13 noon, less than 12 hours after Cairo announced a ceasefire. debkafile reports Palestinian organizations, including Hamas, are resolved to keep up a low level of fire on Israeli civilian locations so as to establish their prerogative for shooting at will regardless of any ceasefire deals. Israel is apt to accept this arrangement to avoid a head-on clash.

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Fayza Aboul Naga
No One in Cairo Wants To Save Egyptian-US Ties
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 10, 2012

The masters of Egyptian intelligence, who are still in power, disguised their anti-US sentiments as long as Hosni Mubarak was president. Today, they prefer to deal with the Islamists who expect to win power in Cairo and are ready to ditch Egypt's ties with America.

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Who Will Rule Egypt? And Many Other Troubling Questions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 26, 2012

Egypt's immediate future is up in the air over unanswerable questions about its form of government, the nature of its leadership and the lack of clarity about its new constitution. The country is meanwhile on the brink of economic collapse.

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