DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 9, 2010, 11:03 PM (GMT+02:00)
Egypt's first lady does not want her son to succeed his father as president. Because of their spat and other squabbles at the top, the general election was a shambles and Intelligence Minister Omar Suleiman emerged as leading contender for the presidency.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 5, 2010, 12:43 AM (GMT+02:00)
Mubarak and his ruling party have swung deals with the opposition for distributing seats in the Nov. 28 parliamentary election. But the ordinary Egyptian wants to know where the heir apparent, his son Gemal, has disappeared to.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 22, 2010, 12:12 PM (GMT+02:00)
Egypt and Saudi Arabia secretly carried out their first ever joint exercise this week with the participation of their special operations, marine, armored, missile, air and naval forces, debkafile's military sources reveal. Exercise Tabuk-2 was programmed to repulse a potential Iranian attack on Saudi Arabia by taking the battle over to Islamic Republican territory. It took place in Egypt's northern desert abutting the Mediterranean Sea where conditions resemble the eastern Saudi Arabian Persian Gulf coast.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report September 20, 2010, 4:40 PM (GMT+02:00)
After murdering four Israelis outside Hebron on Aug. 30, the Hamas gunmen planned to bury their bodies and use them as live hostages to extort the release of fellow-terrorists from Israeli jails. This was divulged by the Egyptian semi-official Al Ahram Monday, Sept. 20. Taken aback by Israel's failure to fight the new wave of Hamas terror, Cairo leaked this information, gained from grilling Hamas General Security chief Muhamad Hamis Dababash, to the Egyptian newspaper.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 14, 2010, 11:12 PM (GMT+02:00)
Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani and foreign affairs and security committee chairman Alaeddin Boroujerdi are preparing an epic descent on the Gaza Strip - at earliest next Saturday, June 19 - and a tour of the Israeli border debkafile's Iranian sources reveal.
The first Iranian aid ship for
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2010, 3:10 PM (GMT+02:00)
For four days, Egyptian special forces have been fighting Bedouin tribesmen in rugged central Sinai in an effort to shut down the arms-cum-fighter smuggling highway they run for al Qaeda and the Palestinian Hamas, debkafile's counter-terror sources report. The al Qaeda-led tribesmen are battling Egyptian APCs, artillery and helicopters with heavy machine guns and RPGs, in exchanges so fierce that the Egyptians retired to El Arish Saturday, May 29, to recuperate, restock on ammo and collected reinforcements for the next round.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2010, 1:18 AM (GMT+02:00)
Hosni Mubarak's son Gemal may find himself in the presidential palace sooner than expected. The transition was organized in detail last year by the ruling party's political and military establishments, affording little leeway to contenders like Mohammed ElBaradei.
DEBKAfile Special Report January 29, 2010, 12:31 PM (GMT+02:00)
Senior Hamas commander, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, 50, died in Abu Dhabi on Jan. 20 and his body reached Damascus on Jan. 28, according to Izzat Rishq speaking at Hamas headquarters in the Syrian capital early Friday, Jan. 29. He accused
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 29, 2010, 12:25 PM (GMT+02:00)
The director of the CIA, Leon Panetta, paid secret visits to
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report January 7, 2010, 7:04 PM (GMT+02:00)
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report December 28, 2009, 8:24 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's intelligence sources report that Cairo has stepped up its siege measures against the Hamas-ruled Gaza. To cut off its smuggling routes through Sinai, Egypt is reinforcing the wall of iron plates with a new pipe for flooding the smuggling tunnels with Mediterranean water.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report November 28, 2009, 3:18 PM (GMT+02:00)
Tuesday, Nov. 18, Egypt's special forces and engineering units suddenly shut down operations against the smuggling tunnels to Gaza without warning to Washington or Jerusalem, debkafile's military sources report. US and Israeli requests for clarifications from Cairo were not answered. So the Obama administration signaled Egypt that if ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report October 18, 2009, 9:13 PM (GMT+02:00)
High-ranking Hamas officials in Gaza keep their sons, brothers, wives, cousins living in comfort in Cairo. Monday night, Oct. 12, Egypt's Mukhabarat (security service) began quietly rounding up hundreds of these Gazans and throwing them into jail for "questioning," debkafile's Middle East sources report.
Intelligence minister Gen. Omar ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 25, 2009, 9:46 AM (GMT+02:00)
Addressing the media after his White House talks with US president Barack Obama Tuesday, Aug. 18, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak spoke at length about the need for a final Israeli-Palestinian peace. However, in their closed discussions, debkafile's Washington sources disclose, the Egyptian leader urged Obama to put the ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 24, 2009, 9:38 AM (GMT+02:00)
According to debkafile's Washington and intelligence sources, Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's trip to Washington this week, his first in four years, is primarily a farewell visit and a bid to assure his son Gemal Mubarak's smooth accession to the presidency, rather than in-depth discussions on the Middle East.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report August 23, 2009, 5:34 PM (GMT+02:00)
"Concentrate instead on an overall peace deal," said Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian president in a PBS interview Monday night, Aug 17, before meeting US president Barack Obama Tuesday.
But the top items of the Egyptian ruler's crowded Washington agenda, debkafile's Washington sources report, were the Iranian threat and recognition of ...
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DEBKAfile Exclusive Report July 26, 2009, 10:29 PM (GMT+02:00)
Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak arrived in Paris Tuesday, July 21, for talks with French president Nicolas Sarkozy and prime minister Francois Fillon, billed officially as focusing on the Middle East and the outcome of the July 8 G8 summit.
debkafile's sources, were staged as a front for his ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 13, 2009, 6:01 PM (GMT+02:00)
If successful, Binyamin Netanyahu's first meeting as Israeli prime minister with Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak at Sharm el Sheikh Monday, May 11, may well mark an epic turning-point in Middle East history recalling the 1979 peace breakthrough with Egypt. Their common goals - and Mubarak speaks for the Saudi king ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2009, 10:19 AM (GMT+02:00)
From early 2006, Egyptian and Western security services and Israeli intelligence have been aware of Hizballah's smuggling operations for Hamas on behalf of Tehran and Iran's covert networks in Sinai and the Suez Canal cities of Port Said, Suez and Ismailia.
But last Wednesday, April 8, Cairo disclosed that Egyptian ...