280 articles tagged "Egypt"
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USS Kearsarge enters Suez Canal
Egypt nears military coup. USS warships in Suez
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2011, 12:05 AM (GMT+02:00)

A fresh surge of popular anti-Mubarak protest ripping across Egypt Tuesday, Feb. 8 – from the Western Desert to North Sinai - has brought the country close to a military coup to stem the anarchy. Vice President Suleiman conveyed this warning to a group of Egyptian news editors as the disorders began their third week began to spread to places of work. In Cairo, rebellious staff sacked state-appointed managements and set up "revolutionary committees" to run them.

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Hosni Mubarak survives two weeks of protest
Egyptian army against deposing Mubarak -"the October War Hero"
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 6, 2011, 11:05 PM (GMT+02:00)

debkafile's military sources disclose exclusively that the army heads, on the sidelines of the anti- and pro-Mubarak standoff till now, have decided to stand against the president's premature removal before his term runs out in 200 days. "We can on no account permit an Egyptian general, Hero of the October (1973) War against Israel, to be humiliated, whatever the political price may be," the generals say. Sunday, Feb. 6, Vice President Omar Suleiman's compromise proposals split the opposition.

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US Envoy Frank Wisner
Obama's Egyptian policy criticized in US as missing its mark
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 6, 2011, 2:39 PM (GMT+02:00)

Many Western and Middle East observers were astonished to hear US President Barak Obama's special envoy Frank Wisner insisting that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stay on to steer changes after twelve days of Washington-backed protests failed to unseat him. Some US sources suggested Wisner's words were a pointer to a White House flip flop in its policy on Egypt in view of the clear impression that it had missed its mark and was facing rising criticism at home.

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Egyptian-Israel gas pipleline sabotaged
Sinai gas pipeline blast. Cairo diverts supplies to Israel, Jordan for domestic use
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 5, 2011, 6:11 PM (GMT+02:00)

Egypt's suspension of gas supplies to Israel after the North Sinai pipeline was blown up Saturday, Feb 5 has suddenly cut Israel off from 25-30 percent of its gas needs and 80 percent of Jordan's. After the blast, Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmad Shafiq announced that gas supplied to both countries under contract would henceforth be diverted to domestic requirements. Israel is also deeply concerned by spreading Hamas occupation of North Sinai and on high alert for more sabotage of its power installations.

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VP Suleiman targeted for assassination
Assassins fail to murder Egyptian Vice President Suleiman
DEBKAfile Special Report February 5, 2011, 2:19 PM (GMT+02:00)

Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman survived an attack on his convoy in central Cairo a week ago just after he was sworn in by President Hosni Mubarak. This is denied by Cairo. debkafile: This and other untoward incidents tend to occur every time the US President  Barack Obama turns up the heat for ending the Mubarak presidency. The latest was the sabotage of the Egyptian-Israeli gas pipe in northern Sinai Saturday, Feb. 5 which cut off supplies to Israeli and Jordan. 

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Hizballah terrorists hear sentencing by Egyptian court
Hizballah team breaks 22 members out of Egyptian jai
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2011, 12:32 PM (GMT+02:00)

A joint Hizballah-Hamas unit used the havoc in Egypt to storm the Wadi Natrun prison north of Cairo Sunday, Jan. 30, and break out 22 members of the Hizballah's spy-cum-terror network, tried and convicted in Egypt for plotting terrorist attacks in Cairo, the Suez Canal and Suez cities and on Israeli vacationers in Sinai in 2007-2008, debkafile reports. They are back in Gaza. Muslim Brotherhood inmates were also freed to boost the anti-Mubarak street protests now in their second week.

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Hosni Mubarak
Mubarak is Energized for Battle by Obama's Bid to Oust Him
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2011, 2:34 AM (GMT+02:00)

Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak is determined to go down fighting – or not at all – even if Egypt is plunged in civil war. He is mustering his financial, military and mental sources for the battle of his life. The figure rising to prominence from the turbulence is new ...

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Anwar Sadat and Ronald Reagan
Mubarak Believes a US-Backed Egyptian Military Faction Plotted His Ouster
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2011, 2:34 AM (GMT+02:00)

Mubarak is convinced he is the victim of a US-backed military plot hatched three years ago to hound him out of the presidency by stirring up the masses against him. It was not by change that the army chiefs were away in Washington when the street protests began.

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Gen. Omar Suleiman
Israel Responds to VP Suleiman's Request for Military-Intelligence Aid
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2011, 2:34 AM (GMT+02:00)

From mid-week Israel has been feeding Vice President Omar Suleiman intelligence at his request and with Washington's approval. It includes aerial intelligence from the main hubs of unrest and naval patrols to secure Suez Canal passage. Israel has beefed up its border units on the Egyptian border and surveillance ...

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Muammar Qaddafi
Squaring off against Masses, Muslim Brotherhood and… Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2011, 2:34 AM (GMT+02:00)

Arab rulers have come up with three theories to account for Barack Obama's inexplicable policy of removing one friendly Middle East leader, Mubarak and abandoning another, Saad Hariri. Above all, they are scared of joining hands with Washington for any joint endeavor and petrified with fear of the Muslim ...

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Pro-Mubarak activists ride into Tahrir Square
Obama to Egyptian Army: Remove Mubarak now, start transition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 2, 2011, 11:16 PM (GMT+02:00)

Wednesday, Feb. 2, President Barack Obama delivered an ultimatum to Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman and the army and security chiefs: Remove Mubarak in the coming hours or else US aid to Egypt will be cut off, debkafile reports exclusively from Washington. The White House said: "Transition must begin now." The first violent collision between pro- and anti-Mubarak activists in Cairo left 30 dead, 2000 injured, and threatens more civil bloodshed. The last Israelis were evacuated from Egypt, including news correspondents.

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Generals Yoav Galant and Gaby Ashkenazi
Separate whirlwinds demolish two Middle East figures in one day
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 2, 2011, 1:51 PM (GMT+02:00)

Skillful choreography, not just spontaneous popular dissent, brought Hosni Mubarak's 30 years as president to an end Tuesday night, Feb. 2. In fact, the hands of the United States, Britain and Egyptian army heads were plain to see at every stage.The axing of Maj. Gen. Yoav Galant as Israel's next chief of staff – on the same day - was contrived too. Maj. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi has been building momentum to challenge Binyamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak as a future political leader.

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Ominously, Mubarak is hanged in effigy by Cairo protesters
Mubarak: My role is over, I will die in Egypt
DEBKAfile Special Report February 1, 2011, 11:41 PM (GMT+02:00)

In a speech to the nation Tuesday night, Feb. 1, President Hosni Mubarak defied the demands of President Barack Obama and his army generals to quit at once and leave Egypt and said he would serve out his term until September and not run again. He also swore to die in Egypt – meaning no exile for him.  Mubarak said he would devote his remaining months to the peaceful transition of power. But his role was over.
Ambassador Frank Wisner delivered Obama's message to Mubarak as four million protesters marched against him. 

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March of Millions heads for presidential palace
"Free Egypt" regimes planned alongside March of Millions
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 1, 2011, 1:31 PM (GMT+02:00)

Certain opposition groups, backed by retired army and security forces officers, are planning to take over a key delta city, proclaim it liberated territory and establish a "Free Egypt" government, debkafile's Middle East sources reported Tuesday, Feb. 1. The masses flooding central Cairo for the March of Millions are making for the presidential palace in their biggest protest demonstration in eight days.  Their leaders are in dialogue with army chiefs on a separate anti-governmental track.

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Army takes a hand in Egyptian politics.
The real story of the Egyptian uprising – before and after
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 1, 2011, 1:02 PM (GMT+02:00)

In its latest issue out Friday, DEBKA-Net-Weekly goes behind the scenes of the Egyptian uprising to discover what the prime movers are after now. Hosni Mubarak, the object of popular rage, was the first to recover his wits and is trying to keep his regime afloat.  President Barack Obama publicly sided with the protesters' cause, but is secretly helping the army play for time and keep Mubarak going for the interim.  Israel has joined the effort.

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Hamas' Grad rockets
Netanyahu tries to play Egyptian military card - and gets Grad missiles
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 1, 2011, 12:11 AM (GMT+02:00)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Monday, Jan 31 he feared Egypt could end up with a radical Islamic regime as in Iran that would go against the region's interests for peace and stability.He also made the gesture of allowing the first Egyptian military troops to enter Sinai since the military since the 1979 peace treaty.

Netanyahu's first reactions to events in Egypt did not represent  a far-sighted assessment of the fast-moving Egyptian epic but resistance to change.

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Hamas bids to seize northern Sinai
Egyptian troops enter Sinai to hunt Hamas intruders. Two captured
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 31, 2011, 1:24 PM (GMT+02:00)

Egyptian reinforcements reached northern Sinai Monday, Jan. 31 to hunt down Hamas gunmen from the Gaza Strip battling Egyptian forces for control of the territory. debkafile's sources report that the gunmen of Hamas's armed wing, Ezz e-Din al Qassam, opened a second, Palestinian, front against the Mubarak regime on orders from Hamas' parent organization, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, confirmed by its bosses in Damascus. The Muslim Brotherhood is therefore more aggressively involved in the uprising than it would seem.

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Mubarak tells the generals he's not going
Egyptian standoff as Mubarak stays put
DEBKAfile Special Report January 30, 2011, 11:20 PM (GMT+02:00)

The popular uprising against the Egyptian regime reached a standoff at the end of its sixth day, Sunday night, Jan. 30: President Hosni Mubarak made it clear to the armed forces chiefs whom he met at military headquarters that he has no intention of bowing to the massive popular demand to resign, or heed US and international calls for an "orderly transition of power."
All ten anti-regime groups have not produced a leader able to challenge him.

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F-16 fighter jets swoop low over protesters
Egyptian fighter jets buzz Cairo. Clinton calls for orderly transition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 30, 2011, 5:58 PM (GMT+02:00)

The Mubarak regime sent two F-16 fighter jets and helicopters in repeated low-flying passes over the thousands of protesters massed in Cairo's Tahrir Square Sunday, Jan. 30, the sixth day of the anti-government protest. This latest, most dramatic attempt to break up the anti-government protest only added to the rage of the crowd who refused to disperse and called for Mubarak and his new Vice President, Gen. Omar Suleiman to go right now.  

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Hamas demonstrators in Jordan
Israel silently watches the unfolding of two new fronts
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 29, 2011, 11:56 PM (GMT+02:00)

Egypt, one of the only two Arab states to sign peace with Israel, is wobbling dangerously on the brink of revolutionary change. This week, Israel was dismayed to find itself looking suddenly at three latently hostile fronts about to spring up around its borders: After Lebanon was dropped into the Iranian orbit, Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood gained altitude, and Hamas, its Palestinian offshoot in Gaza, is making hay, puffing itself up as an important new Middle East player.

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