DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013, 1:11 AM (GMT+02:00)
Egypt has dubbed its Sinai campaign which kicks off Friday Fattah 2 (Conquest 2). Conducted in cooperation with Israel with US support, it aims to purge the lawless territory of Islamist terrorists.
Cairo clashes kill 51 Brotherhood supporters, an officer. Army set to defend oil pipeline, Suez shipping
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 8, 2013, 2:15 PM (GMT+02:00)
Egyptian soldiers Monday, July 8, shot dead 51 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, injuring 322, at a sit-in for the reinstatement of deposed President Morsi at the Republican Guards Club in Cairo. The army, which lost an officer and seven wounded soldiers, said “armed terrorists” tried to storm the compound. debkafile: Away from the limelight, the army prepares to secure the Sumed pipeline carrying Persian Gulf oil to the Mediterranean, and Suez Canal shipping, on intelligence of a Muslim Brotherhood clandestine unit conspiring with Sinai Salafists and Hamas to target them.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 5, 2013, 1:32 AM (GMT+02:00)
Obama’s belief in the Muslim Brotherhood as the bedrock of US Middle East policy is refuted stridently in one Arab street after another. This week, the Egyptian people effectively bankrupted that perception.
As Egypt lurches into civil strife, local militias raise their heads. Obama keeps faith with Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Special Report June 24, 2013, 1:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
Egypt is lurching toward a “low intensity civil war.” Law and order is breaking down as armed gangs attack governors and burn emblems of government, and the ruling Muslim Brotherhood uses armed men to strike back. Neither the police nor the army has interfered to date. Army chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi promised Sunday, June 23, to preserve “the will of the people” from attack, without defining which side was “the people.” The opposition plans to launch Egypt’s third revolution in three years in massive June 30 demonstrations against President Morsi.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2013, 6:58 PM (GMT+02:00)
Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon wants America as partner if at all possible for attacking Iran’s nuclear facilities. But if Washington declines and Iran is on the verge of acquiring an operational nuclear arsenal – most probably this year - Israel must go it alone. He plans to do away with the classical divisions, brigades and professional corps like artillery and tanks which characterize a conventional army, and replace them with small, self-contained, armies capable of operating independently under their own air and artillery cover.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 1, 2013, 1:15 AM (GMT+02:00)
The Saudis are backing the Salafists against Egypt’s ruling Brotherhood and their support from Barack Obama and against Qatar’s expanding influence. The army refuses to help President Morsi suppress violent protest.
DEBKAfile Special Report April 24, 2012, 8:11 PM (GMT+02:00)
Monday, April 24, the Obama administration stepped in to damp down the military frictions developing between Jerusalem and Cairo, fanned further this week by a dispute over the suspension of Egyptian gas to Israel. Earlier that day, Egypt’s military ruler Field Marshal Muhammad Tantawi said: “If anyone comes near Egypt’s border, we will break their leg.” Egyptian Islamists and Bedouin groups have since announced they would mark Israel’s Independence Day Thursday with a mass assault on the Sinai memorials of Israel’s fallen soldiers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 10, 2011, 2:01 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel's targeted killing Thursday Dec. 8 of Ismail Batash, commander of the "Army of Believers" (a Hamas terrorist front group), may have done more harm than good. Aside from triggering a hail of Palestinian missiles against Israel, debkafile's sources report it strengthened the Hamas-Salafist Bedouin pact in northern Sinai and is speeding up the transfer there of Hamas' terrorist infrastructure from Gaza – out of Israel's reach. The terrorist peril to southern Israel, including Eilat, has mounted, while the IDF's hands are tied.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2011, 2:02 AM (GMT+02:00)
Washington has excellent relations with the Egyptian military rulers but their control of the country is extremely limited. The soldiers would rather desert than obey orders. The police are off the streets and the civilian government goes its own way.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2011, 11:06 PM (GMT+02:00)
Iran is moving in on the Arab revolt now in its third month. Its agents are whipping together the most radical domestic Muslim elements, Sunni and Shiite alike, as a vehicle for importing its own influence into the heart of the turbulent capitals. With funding from Tehran, Egypt's Muslim ...