306 articles tagged "Egypt"
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Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi
Al Qaeda Salafists target kibbutz and IDF post on second day of strikes
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 27, 2012

Al Qaeda missiles struck Kibbutz Kholit opposite the Egyptian-Gazan-Israeli border junction and an IDF post in the Kissufim district Monday, Aug. 28, debkafile reveals, in line with the terrorists' tactic of holding Israel hostage as a lever for bending Cairo to their will.  The IDF communiqué omitted to mention those attacks - only the Qassam rocket targeting Sderot that morning.  Al Qaeda’s affiliates timed their strikes for derailing talks the Egyptian defense minister and army chief held Monday with Sinai Bedouin chiefs.

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Mohamed Morsi
Will Egypt Follow Saudi Arabia in Veering toward Tehran?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2012

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood president while smiling at Washington in the hope of US aid, is also making eyes at Tehran.

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Egyptian M60 tanks transported to Sinai Aug. 9
Cairo uses illicit Sinai tanks to bargain for massive US aid
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 20, 2012

Israel has asked the Obama administration to intervene with Cairo for the removal of Egyptian tanks deployed in Sinai without permission, fearing they are there to stay. This issue has become tangled up in broader issues: President Mohamed Morsi hints that substantial US economic aid is the key to the tanks’ removal, the launch of a major Egyptian offensive on al Qaeda-linked Sinai terrorists and his refusal of an invitation to visit Tehran. Israel has posted an Iron Dome battery in Eilat against more missile strikes from Sinai.

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s Next Target Is the Interior Ministry’s Security Forces
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 16, 2012

After taking over the army, the Egyptian Muslim Brother is after bigger prey, the Interior Ministry’s 900,000-strong forces, which are three times the size of the army.

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Al Qaeda Posts 6,000 Armed Men in Sinai and Gaza for Attacking Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 16, 2012

Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula has set up house in Sinai and Gaza, dedicating itself to attacks on Israel. The Egyptian army’s big counter-terror offensive shows no signs of taking off, although its M-60 tanks looking like having come to stay on the Israeli border.

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Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak visit scene of terrorist Sinai attack
Iran can build an N-bomb by Oct. 1. Cairo coup hampers Israeli action
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 13, 2012

Iran will have 250 kilograms of 20-percent grade uranium, enough to build its first nuclear bomb, in six weeks, debkafile’s military and intelligence sources report. That deadline prompted Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s comment Sunday, Aug. 12: “All threats against the home front are dwarfed by one – Iran must not be allowed to have nuclear arms!”  He was followed 8 hours later by the Muslim Brotherhood coup in Cairo - and a tough security dilemma born of his long foot-dragging on Iran.

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President Morsi fires generals
Muslim Brotherhood anti-army coup in Cairo. Tanks move up to Israel border
DEBKAfile Special Report August 12, 2012

In a lightning move, Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi sacked and replaced the Egyptian Defense Minister, Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi, the Egyptian chief of staff Gen. Hafez Sami Annan and three more generals, Sunday Aug. 12. He also ordered M-60 tanks moved up to the Israeli border. debkafile was the only publication to report that the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi were exploiting the terrorist attacks in Sinai to rid Cairo of the pro-Western military control of the Egyptian government.

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President Morsi with army chief Field Marshal Tantawi in Sinai
Morsi's anti-terror ploy to root out pro-US influence in Cairo, cut Israel from Sinai
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 10, 2012

Israel willingly acceded to Cairo’s request for permission to deploy fighter planes and armored troop carriers in Sinai - a demilitarized buffer zone under their 1979 peace treaty – in support of President Mohamed Morsi’s counter-terror offensive against lawless Islamist bands. debkafile reports: It was soon realized in Washington and Jerusalem that the “offensive” was largely bogus and being used less for eliminating Salafi terrorists and more for purging the Egyptian military of pro-Western influence and promoting its takeover by the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Growing in Sinai, a New Brand of Islamist Bedouin Terrorism
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 10, 2012

Bands of young Sinai Bedouin have turned their backs on tribal affiliations in and formed lawless bands of jihadis which are highly vulnerably to Iranian and radical Palestinian penetration. Those bands carried out the twin attack on Egyptian and Israel military targets last Sunday.

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Defense Minister Ehud Barak
Barak: A nuclear Iran is taking shape before us. Time for decisions is short
DEBKAfile Special Report August 9, 2012

In a radio interview Thursday, Aug. 9, Defense Minister Ehud Barak stoutly refuted reported disagreements between the US and Israel, and himself and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu over a military attack on Iran’s nuclear program. Both see eye to eye on the matter, he said, as do US and Israeli intelligence evaluations.  “A nuclear Iran is taking shape before our eyes” Barak stressed, and new US intelligence findings make a decision on a possible attack “extremely urgent."

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New Egyptian intelligence chief Maj. Gen. Mohamed Shehata
Morsi axes military, intelligence chiefs over Sinai security breakdown
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 8, 2012

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, in conjunction with military chief Field Marshall Hussein Tantawi, fired a row of top military, intelligence and police officials Wednesday, Aug. 8, after more armed Islamist attacks on Egyptian troops. Morsi replaced Intelligence chief Gen. Mourad Mowafi with Maj. Gen. Mohamed Shehata, and fired the governor of North Sinai, Abdel Wahab Mabrouk, as well as other officials.  The president acted expeditiously to quell street protest over declining Sinai security but is not yet grappling with its root cause, Islamist terror.

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Mohammed Morsi
Discreet US Backing for President Morsi against Muslim Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 12, 2012

The new Egyptian president is trying to carve out a niche for himself independent of his own Muslim Brotherhood. For this he needs to make terms with the Supreme Military Council. It is too early to determine his chances of success.

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US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi
Israel perturbed by Obama’s outreach to Mursi - against his word
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 9, 2012

Israel was taken aback by US President Barack Obama’s invitation to Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi - in breach of Obama's assurances to US Jewish leaders, debkafile reports. His key assurance was not to invite Mursi to the White House until the Egyptian president met certain conditions, the foremost of which was a public and specific statement of Egypt's commitment to its 1979 peace treaty with Israel as a central theme in Morsi's earliest foreign policy speech.

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Hillary Clinton
First, the Obama Administration. Next: His Own Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2012

President Morsi’s respect for the peace treaty with Israel and respect for minority and religious rights will determine whether he is received at the White House, gains the $1.5 bn US aid package, and its help in releasing funds to buy food for the population.

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Mohammed Badie
The Muslim Brotherhood in League with the Generals
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 28, 2012

The Brotherhood is snatching the main cabinet posts including prime minister from President Morsi’s grasp and conniving against him with the Supreme Military Council. The new president is trying to break free of its shackles.

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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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