DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 29, 2013, 10:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
Lt. Gen. Vyacheslav Kondrashov, Russian Deputy chief of staff and deputy GRU military intelligence director, spent his first day in Cairo, Tuesday, Oct. 29, with Egyptian military chiefs going through the list of Russian hardware they want to buy in their first major arms transaction in decades. They included advanced weapons withheld by the United States and topped the list with medium-range ICBMs able to reach Iran and most of the Middle East. debkafile: Cairo seems to be after the new 2000-mile range Russian SS-25 ground-to-ground missile.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 5, 2013, 11:06 AM (GMT+02:00)
Four people were killed and dozens injured Friday and Saturday when pro-Muslim Brotherhood supporters clashed with opponents and security forces in Cairo, Alexandria, Assiut and other Egyptian towns. This was a foretaste of the “Great Counter-Coup” the Brotherhood plans to launch on Oct. 6, the 40th anniversary of the Yom Kippur war on Israel. Millions of Egyptians across the country received orders through the MB's underground channels to take to the streets for Stage One. During the week, gunmen attacked two military targets killing five Egyptian soldiers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 1, 2013, 5:02 PM (GMT+02:00)
Egypt Monday, Sept. 30, launched a major offensive to confront Al Qaeda and its Salafist allies for the first time in their lofty strongholds in the rugged central Sinai range of Jabal al-Halal, debkafile reports. Egypt’s military ruler Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi ordered a systematic campaign by elite forces to flush Al Qaeda and allied Salafists out of the “Torah Borah” of Sinai, after two terrorist attacks on Suez Canal shipping. There were also concerns that Al Qaeda would copy-cat the Nairobi shopping mall attack against an Egyptian town or Israel location.
Dozens of armed Salafist, Palestinian casualties in Egyptian copter strike in support of Gaza blockade
DEBKAfile Special Report September 3, 2013, 1:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
Egyptian Air Force helicopter gun-ships surprised Salafist and Palestinian terrorists Tuesday, Sept. 3, with 13 rockets fired into two gatherings at Al-Muataa and Touma, south of the town of Sheikh Zuweid near the northern Sinai border with the Gaza Strip. Egyptian security officials reported “dozens" killed and wounded. debkafile: Egyptian forces are carving out two security zones for blocking the transit of Hamas and Jihad Islami gunmen between Sinai and the Gaza Strip. The Apaches struck the Salafists and Palestinians rioting against this operation.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 15, 2013, 10:33 AM (GMT+02:00)
What's next for Egypt? debkafile: Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi will follow a prepared plan for eradicating the Muslim Brotherhood as a political force – first by outlawing the movement, then a new presidential election, for which he will stand. The Brotherhood plans to go underground and fight the military to the finish through allied terrorist networks. President Obama opts for non-intervention. Neither the US nor Europe hold strong levers of influence since Saudi Arabia and Emirates have pledged $40 billion to bolster the military caste versus the Brothers.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 31, 2013, 7:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israel has twice switched its orientation toward the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip: In November 2012, Muslim Brotherhood-ruled Egypt, Qatar and Turkey, negotiated the ceasefire ending Israel’s Pillar of Defense operation against Hamas missiles. From July 2013, Israel has been cooperating with the Egyptian military and its champion, Saudi Arabia – witness permission for Egyptian Apache gun ships to fly over Gaza. So what happens when the Egyptian military launches a major operation against Hamas – in defiance of the US and Palestinian Authority, with whom Israel launched peace talks this week?
Egypt set for Fattah 2 offensive on Sinai Islamist terror. Gaza sealed. US and Israeli forces on alert
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 19, 2013, 1:45 AM (GMT+02:00)
An Egyptian military offensive, dubbed Fattah 2 (Conquest 2), begins Friday, July 19 against a coalition of Salafists and Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Jihad Islami groups terrorizing Sinai. Egypt’s Second Army and Third Army chiefs lead the campaign from command centers in El Arish and central Sinai. The Gaza Strip exits are sealed. Israeli forces along the Egyptian and Gaza borders are on alert, so too are the 2,600 Marines aboard two US amphibious helicopter carriers off the Red Sea shores of Southern Sinai and the Gulf of Suez.
Army deposes Morsi. In TV statement, army chief names judge provisional president. Tahrir Sq. jubilant
DEBKAfile Special Report July 3, 2013, 10:36 PM (GMT+02:00)
In his tensely awaited televised statement, Defense Minister Gen. Abdul Khalil Al-Sisi said Wednesday night, July 3, that the head of the constitutional court will act as provisional president and form an interim government of technocrats to run the country until early presidential and parliamentary elections. He was flanked by Christian, opposition and Muslim leaders. On hearing that the army had deposed Mohamed Morsi, Tahrir Square exploded in a frenzy of jubilation. Thus far Egypt’s military coup has been bloodless.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis August 6, 2012, 9:22 AM (GMT+02:00)
The initial Egyptian and Israeli accounts of the attacks in which 16 Egyptian soldiers were killed and the Israeli border crashed Sunday night, Aug. 5, don’t match up: Egypt points the finger at the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip; Israel at Sinai salafists. debkafile postulates a third option: Tehran may have harnessed its Gaza Strip proxies and a Sinai al Qaeda cell for coordinated attacks on Egyptian and Israeli military targets to avenge Al Qaeda’s enlistment to the Western-Arab-backed revolt against Bashar Assad.
DEBKAfile Special Report August 5, 2012, 11:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Israeli Air Force struck two APCs seized by Sinai Salafis who first stormed an Egyptian post on the Egyptian-Israeli border Sunday night, Aug. 5, killing at least 15 Egyptian commandos, injuring many and kidnapping an unknown number. The gunmen then smashed the APCs through to the Kerem Shalom terminal. The one which got across was destroyed by the IAF. debkafile: This appears to be the first Sinai-based Islamist reprisal against Egyptian troops for an Israeli counter-terror operation in the Gaza Strip.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 8, 2012, 8:19 PM (GMT+02:00)
Washington and Jerusalem were dismayed to discover last week that Egypt's transitional military rulers (SCAF) were preparing to drop the reins of government and hand them over - lock, stock and barrel, including the armed forces - to civilian rule, i.e., the Muslim Brotherhood, at the earliest opportunity. By staying mute while this process ripened, Israel emboldened Muslim Brotherhood leaders to reiterate that they were not bound by any pledges to Washington to uphold the 1979 peace treaty with Israel.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 15, 2011, 7:12 PM (GMT+02:00)
Monday, Aug. 15, three Egyptian army brigades of 1,700 men backed by tanks, an equal number of special policemen and 3,400 security personnel drove into the northern Sinai towns of El Arish, Sheikh Zuweid and Rafah thereby launching a mission to retake Sinai from rampant Islamists, who were also responsible for sabotaging a gas pipeline. debkafile: In their first clash with Islamic Liberation Army gunmen, three Egyptian officers were kidnapped, one gunman was killed and 11 detained.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 14, 2011, 2:28 PM (GMT+02:00)
Hosni Mubarak and his family have moved a large part of their assets – guesstimated at between $20 and $70 billion - from European banks to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Republics against personal guarantees from King Abdullah and Sheik Al Nahyan to block access to outside parties.This is reported by Gulf and West European sources. Mubarak denies ever resigning or handing power to the military. "I never knew Suleiman was going to make that statement."