DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2013, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)
Egyptian intelligence has asked for Israel help in tracking down Mahmoud Izzat Ibrahim, newly-anointed Brotherhood Supreme Guide, last seen holed up in Gaza.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 21, 2013, 6:36 PM (GMT+02:00)
For more than two and a half years, Dr. Ramzi Mowafi, once Osama bin Laden’s personal physician, has led the most dangerous terrorist group in Sinai, Ansar al Jihad in the Sinai Peninsula, debkafile reveals. A charismatic figure and able operational commander, Mowafi has gathered a following of 7,000 to 9,000 armed men. Incoming intelligence showing Dr. Mowafi to be organizing a large group of Sinai terrorists for a major cross-border attack in Israel as well as on Egyptian forces has kept IDF border units on high alert for the past two weeks.
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.
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.
Egypt’s Gen. El-Sisi tells visiting US official: Don’t bully Cairo by threats to suspend military aid
DEBKAfile Special Report July 15, 2013, 10:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, the first senior US official to visit Cairo since the military coup, had a tough two-hour conversation with Defense minister Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi Monday. The general advised Washington to be more realistic about Egypt. Burns called for an Egypt that is "stable, democratic, inclusive and tolerant." El-Sisi replied that in ousting Morsi, the military had obeyed the authentic will of the Egyptian people. He implied bilateral military ties might suffer if the US suspended military aid to Egypt.
DEBKAfile Special Report July 12, 2013, 6:40 PM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli military sources reported Friday, July 12, that an Egyptian Apache gunship flying over the Gaza Strip had strayed off-course. debkafile: The Egyptian helicopter was not off-course; its mission was to block the two-way, inter-terror traffic ongoing between Sinai and the Gaza Strip. The Apaches at the new Egyptian military helicopter base in El Arish enabled Egyptian forces Friday - for the first time - to strike Hamas targets in Gaza and also reach al Qaeda-affiliated Salafists in their Jabal Al-Halal mountain strongholds of central Sinai.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 27, 2013, 11:52 PM (GMT+02:00)
The Tamarod protest movement to oust President Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood rule claims to represent the disenchanted masses and not just liberals, democrats and academics.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 29, 2013, 10:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile reports Hizballah’s elite Al Qods Brigade suffered a grinding defeat – its gravest since first intervening in the Syrian civil war - and heavy losses at al Qusayr in the Homs sector Monday, April 29 in a surprise ambush. The rebels were reinforced by radical Salafists from Lebanon armed with Grad rockets.
DEBKAfile Special Report November 12, 2012, 10:41 PM (GMT+02:00)
Most Palestinians groups met in Gaza City Monday night, Nov. 12, to approve a ceasefire after a three-day, 300-rocket assault on Israel. But the Salafists stayed away, instead firing 5 heavy Grad rockets against Netivot, Beersheba and Ofakim and taking delivery of a fresh load of Grads through the Sinai tunnels, assisted by Tehran’s proxy, Jihad Islam. Yet Israel, Egypt and even Hamas continued to delude themselves that a ceasefire can work - although Israel’s top command reckons it will collapse within days.
DEBKAfile Special Report October 27, 2012, 12:39 AM (GMT+02:00)
Israeli, US, Egyptian and Jordanian counterterrorism agencies are on elevated alert since Oct. 25, debkafile reports: Salafi and al Qaeda cells in Egyptian Sinai are said poised to unleash coordinated terrorist attacks on US and Egyptian targets in Sinai and in Israel to avenge Israel’s targeted killing of two senior commanders of the Salafi-al Qaeda Sinai-Gaza network. Perpetrators of the Benghazi murders of 4 US diplomats are among the jihadi reinforcements coming in from Libya.
DEBKAfile Special Report September 16, 2012, 6:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
Al Qaeda-led Salafi Bedouin bands Sunday, Sept. 16, expanded their Sinai offensive to three Egyptian bases along a 70-kilometer front three days after they overran the US-led Multinational Force base in northern Sinai. Heavily-armed Islamist gunmen struck Egyptian bases at El Arish, Rafah opposite the Israeli border and Sheikh Zuweid, where they used local schoolchildren as human shields and shot down an Egyptian helicopter. Egypt has imposed a blackout on all three episodes. Hundreds of US MFO officers remain trapped in their Sinai base.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 3, 2012, 7:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
To keep the truce with the Islamist terrorist groups in Sinai in place, Egypt is releasing dozens of jailed Salafist gunmen every few days in batches, so feeding them a steady supply of reinforcements. Cairo is also in negotiation with Bedouin tribal elders to grant a body of 6,000 Al-Qaeda-linked Salafi gunmen the status of an approved, independent militia. Armed with up-to-date Egyptian weapons, this militia is to be charged with responsibility for maintaining security. Israel is taxed with a new headache in the south.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 30, 2012, 10:49 PM (GMT+02:00)
As Morsi scrounges for crumbs from affluent world leaders to ease Egypt’s economic distress, he runs up against a Salafist fatwa banning international credit on which interest is payable as a violation of Muslim tenets.
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 June 21, 2012, 11:11 PM (GMT+02:00)
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 5, 2012, 10:54 PM (GMT+02:00)
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.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 9, 2011, 12:32 AM (GMT+02:00)
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 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 21, 2011, 12:25 AM (GMT+02:00)
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.