312 articles tagged "Egypt"
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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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Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi
The Generals Discard Power, Cutting Short Transition to Democracy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 5, 2012

The military rulers of Egypt are upending President Barack Obama's plans for Egypt by bringing forward the handover of power to the Muslim parliamentary majority - without providing for the framing of a democratic constitution and the election of a moderate president. To save the day, Washington hopes to handpick an acceptable president. Omar Suleiman is mentioned.

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The Breakdown of Order Is Bigger Challenge to Military than the Islamists
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 9, 2011

Egypt's military rulers have their hands too full with the breakdown of order in Egypt's cities to attend to the rising Islamist power in parliament. In any case, we reveal that while the Muslim Brotherhood won the election, the liberal bloc came second – not the Salafis and Mubarak loyalists are well represented by independent candidates.

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Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi
Egyptian Generals Guarantee Elections on Schedule – Not Stability
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 25, 2011

The Egyptian military council quelled this week's riots against its rule by drawing the mainstream political parties and presidential contenders into its corner and away from the protesters by the threat of postponing the general elections they are pinning their hopes on.

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Tahrir Sq. clashes
Tantawi: Presidential elections next June, Muslim Brothers in government
DEBKAfile Special Report November 22, 2011

The protests in Cairo and other Egyptian cities do not count as the country's second revolution this year. The angry masses battling police in Cairo's Tahrir Square and the centers of Alexandria, Ismailia and Port Said for four days are not backed by any serious political entity, including the Muslim Brotherhood, which Tuesday, Nov. 22 threw in their lot with the military council. So will the protesters be satisfied with Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi's promise of a presidential election in mid-2012? Not so far.

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Field Marshal Muhammad Tantawi
The Military Council Will Not Let Go of Power after Elections
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 4, 2011

The posters appearing in Cairo and Alexandria promoting the Supreme Council head Muhammad Tantawi indicate that the generals have not intention of relinquishing the rule of Egypt to a civilian government and will run their own candidates for the presidency.

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Salafis Go Political – and Violent
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2011

After thriving away from politics under Hosni Mubarak and shunning Tahrir Square, Egypt's Salafis have set up parties to run for parliamentary elections in November and turning to street violence.

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22nd US Airlift Squadron C-5 transport
Big US airlift drill starts Monday
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 16, 2011

The United States launches a large-scale strategic airlift exercise over the Middle East Monday, Oct. 21. Tuesday, the day of the Israel-Hamas prisoner exchange for Gilad Shalit, the giant transports carrying command and combat units will practice swift emergency landings in Israel and Saudi Arabia. The US, Israeli, Egyptian and Saudi armies are on high military preparedness amid warnings of terrorist attacks to disrupt the prisoner exchange and avenge US charges of an Iran-instigated plot to murder the Saudi ambassador.

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Adel al Jubei
US Sets the Scene for Regional Military Action against Iran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 14, 2011

The Israel-Hamas prisoner swap for Gilad Shalit and the exposure of the plot to assassinate the Saudi ambassador opened two new US fronts against Iran: The relocation of Hamas HQ from Damascus to Cairo which deprived Iran and Syria of their Palestinian lever and a pretext for the Saudis to declare war on the Islamic Republic.

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Washington Endorses the Muslim Brotherhood as Co-Rulers
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 14, 2011

The Obama administration has never wavered from its ambition to see the Muslim Brotherhood in government in Egypt or its policy of linking Egypt's destiny with a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.  It hopes to discourage the burgeoning Muslim Brotherhood from casting its fate with Tehran on the grounds that Iran has no influence on Israel whereas American leverage on Jerusalem is substantial.

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A luxury village in Cairo for Hamas leader
Egypt defies Sinai peace terms, hosts Hamas in Cairo before Shalit's release
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 13, 2011

Thursday, Oct. 13 Cairo took two steps inimical to Israel. Egyptian Air Force Chief Gen. Reda Hafiz said: "Sinai is our land and we do not need permission to increase our forces on our land" in direct contravention of the 1979 peace treaty signed with Israel which demilitarized Sinai by common consent.  Then, without waiting for the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit's release from captivity, Cairo let the first Damascus- based Hamas leader Mousa Abu Marzuk settle down in Cairo.

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Egyptian armored vehicles torched in Cairo
Sinai militias cut Egypt-Israel trade ties amid declining security
DEBKAfile Special Report October 10, 2011

The claim Friday by Field Marshall Mohamed Tantawi, head of the military junta ruling Egypt, of "complete security on the Sinai Peninsula" was belied Monday, Oct. 10, by the Israeli Counterterrorism Bureau's warning against travel to Sinai for Sukkot. As Cairo lets Sinai security go by the board, the Netanyahu government leans over backwards to pretend business with Egypt is back to normal – even after armed Bedouin cut the trade route between Egypt and Israel through Sinai three weeks ago.

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Khaled Meshaal in Jordan: Aug. 2009
To isolate Abbas, US prods Jordan to host Hamas-Damascus
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 30, 2011

To punish the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas for submitting his application for UN membership in defiance of President Barack Obama's strong objections, Washington leaned on Jordan's King Abdullah II to allow a visit by Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal to discuss his political bureau's transfer from Damascus to Amman. Saudi Arabia helped persuade him. Obama was telling Abbas thereby that if Hamas should moderate its extremism, his role as sole Palestinian spokesman would face serious competition.

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Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani
The Arab Revolt Hits Al Jazeera TV
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 22, 2011

Al Jazeera's Qatari owner Emir Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani takes charge of editorial policy based on the vagaries of the Arab Revolt. He sacked two top editors and placed a safe family member at the top of the station's management.

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Egyptian gas pipelines - one runs dry
Egypt resumes gas flow to Jordan – but not to Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 20, 2011

Egyptian natural gas is flowing again to Jordan – but not to Israel, debkafile reports. Cairo and Amman are keeping quiet about the resumption of supplies through the Sinai pipeline which was sabotaged five times since February. Cairo has broken off negotiations with Jerusalem on new prices - so making sure that supplies to Israel are cut off for good. As Egypt pulls away from peace ties with Israel, security is breaking down on their common border and the Israeli ambassador's return to Cairo indefinitely postponed.

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Moscow Races to Save Assad; Washington to Head off a Turkish-Israeli Military Clash
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2011

The Arab revolts have resolved themselves ten months on into a US effort to damp down the Turkey-Israel, Egypt-Israel fires before they blow up - at best into limited military confrontations, whereas Russia, disenchanted with America's removal of Muammar Qaddafi, has stepped in to rescue Syria's Assad.

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Bashar Assad
The Syrian Crisis Tests Muslim Brotherhood's Future in the Region
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2011

The Muslim Brotherhood's role in post-revolt Arab capitals – sought by Barack Obama – faces counter-pressure from Russia, China and Iran – particularly in Damascus. Not just Iran, but Russia and China too have stepped up their arms consignments to the regime, loath to see fundamentalist Muslim power reigning in any Middle East capital. In Damascus, Moscow has set up a military-diplomatic headquarters.

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Ronald Reagan and Anwar Sadat
Tayyip Erdogan Vies with Sadat's Assassin for Egypt's Center Stage
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 16, 2011

Anwar Sadat's assassin of three decades ago rides again at the head of a fundamentalist Salafi party running for election while Turkey's prime minister Tayyip Erdogan draws frowns during his Cairo visit for dishing out patronizing advice to his hosts.

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Turkish Navy destroyer
Turkish frigates to confront Israeli vessels, disable their weapons
DEBKAfile Special Report September 12, 2011

Turkey sharply ratchets up its threat of war with Israel. Three Turkish frigates were ordered to the eastern Mediterranean and instructed to disable Israeli military ships if encountered outside Israel's 12-mile territorial waters. This was reported by Turkish naval sources Sept. 12 as Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan was due in Cairo for a controversial visit - in defiance of the Egyptian government's effort to cool the crisis in relations with Israel.

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Some 40,000 rioters sack Israeli embassy
Israeli embassy break-in led by Jam'a al-Islamiya of NY 1993 bombing
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 10, 2011

In first new disclosures on the siege of Israel's Cairo embassy of Friday night, Sept. 9, debkafile reveals the mob was led by Jama'a al-Islamiya, the Egyptian founding branch of Al Qaeda, and two other radical Islamist groups. The February 1993 car bombing of the World Trade Center of New York was an early Jamaa operation under the al Qaeda label. Friday night, when the mob sacked the embassy, the Egyptian police stood by – until the rioters rifled the gunroom of a nearby police HQ.

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