289 articles tagged "Egypt"
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Egyptian army tanks ready to pull out of Tahrir Square
Will an unknown officer be Egypt's next ruler? Military beefs up Sinai force
DEBKAfile Special Report February 13, 2011

Israel's Defense Minister Ehud Barak phoned the Egyptian council head, Defense Minister Mohamed Tantawi, Saturday night, Feb. 12, to thank him for transferring 900 men of two 18th Division battalions to Sinai to rein in the lawless rampage raging there. The Council acted within 24 hours of taking the reins of office from Hosni Mubarak. There is some speculation that the army is hiding the deposed president in a base on the Red Sea coast – far from Sharm el-Sheikh.

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Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi, head of High Army Council
Israel's military unready for Sinai front. Tantawi is no friend
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis February 12, 2011

Friday night, Feb. 11, as Egypt celebrated Hosni Mubarak exit, Israel counted the cost of losing its most important strategic partner in the region. Thirty-two years of peace leave Israel militarily unprepared for the unknown on their 270-kilometer long southern border; no experience of desert combat; an army trained and equipped only for the hostile fronts of Iran, Lebanon's Hizballah and Syria; a dearth of intelligence about the Egyptian army and its commanders, and no clue to the new rulers' intentions.

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Protesters celebrate victory
Hosni Mubarak resigns, hands powers to the army
DEBKAfile Special Report February 11, 2011

Vice President Omar Suleiman announced Friday, Feb. 11, that Hosni Mubarak had decided to step down as president of Egypt and hand his powers to the High Council of the Armed Forces· The announcement was greeted with ecstatic cheers by the protesters assembled in Cairo's Tahrir Square and other city centers on the 18th day of their demonstrations for his ouster.
With a single sentence Suleiman marked the end of Mubarak's 32-year rule of Egypt.

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Adm. Michael Mullen and Lt. Gen. Gaby Ashkenazi
Israel's Military Is Left Unprepared For a Threat from Egypt
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2011

Israel's new chief of staff Maj. Gen. Benny Gantz is saddled with might task of rebuilding Israel's armed forces from scratch to fit the potential menace posed by the upheaval in Egypt. Ashkenazi worked closely with Washington to attune combined US-Israel military resources to possible combat with Iran.

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US Nod to a Coup, But Who Would Lead It?
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 11, 2011

By holding on, Hosni Mubarak confronted the Obama administration with a moral dilemma: How to orchestrate a military coup raising a general to the presidency and reconcile it with the democratic transfer of power?

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In better times
Deep US-Saudi rift over Egypt: Abdullah turns to Tehran
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 10, 2011

The conversation between President Barack Obama and Saudi King Abdullah early Thursday, Feb. 10, was the most acerbic the US president has ever had with an Arab ruler, debkafile's sources report. Their falling out on the Egyptian crisis so enraged the king that some US and Middle East sources reported he suffered a sudden heart attack. Rumors of his death rocked world financial and oil markets that morning and were denied by an adviser to the ruling family.

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Customs officers have stopped collecting tolls from Suez shipping
Egypt's economy close to meltdown. Military coup near
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 9, 2011

Egypt and its population of 82 million are on the point of a calamitous breakdown as large sections of the economy are shut down by strikes against state-appointed managements and Vice President Omar's Suleiman's leadership. As protesters continue to fill Cairo's Tahrir Square, trains have stopped running, food is running low and lifeline highways are blocked by protesters. Egypt's Foreign Minister Abul Gheit called on the army Wednesday, Feb. 9, to take over government and save Egypt from total anarchy.

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Vice President Omar Suleiman is running the show today.
Where is Egypt going after the new tempest?
DEBKAfile DEBKA Weekly February 8, 2011

Who moves into the presidential palace when (date unknown) Hosni Mubarak leaves? Washington's preferred candidate is not Omar Suleiman. DEBKA-Net-Weekly, in its coming issue Friday, surveys the field, none of which offers guarantees against violent upsets down the road. Is there a deal between the regime and the army? Maybe the incumbents are settling in to stay, sparing a few crumbs to keep the opposition quiescent.  Are there any other options?

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Israel's Egyptian border patrols are undermanned, under-equipped
Lawlessness spreads in N. Sinai as Hamas transfers al Qaeda cells
DEBKAfile Special Expose February 8, 2011

Hamas while preparing follow-up attacks on the Sinai gas pipeline after Saturday's explosion has opened the Egyptian-Israeli border region to Al Qaeda jihadists, international smugglers and criminal gangs - all heading for the Israel border. Egypt lacks the manpower for securing the entire Sinai Peninsula. Its troops are concentrating on securing Sharm el Sheikh and the eastern bank of the Suez Canal. Hamas is left to prey on North Sinai and make it a launching pad for terror attacks on Israel.

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USS Kearsarge enters Suez Canal
Egypt nears military coup. USS warships in Suez
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 8, 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 Vice President Gen. Omar Suleiman who appears to lead a triumvirate of military leaders.

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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

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

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 of Hamas movements out of Gaza.

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Muammar Qaddafi
Squaring off against Masses, Muslim Brotherhood and… Obama
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 4, 2011

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 Brotherhood's rise to power. To pacify their disaffected peoples, they are pledging reforms and promising benefits.

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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

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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