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 ...
<span class="debka">debka</span><span class="file">file</span>: Mubarak's "state visit to Paris" masks serious surgery<br/>
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 ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 29, 2009, 11:00 AM (GMT+02:00)
Tuesday, May 26, prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu lifted Israel's objection to the appointment of Egyptian culture minister Farouk Hosni to the top job at UNESCO, the UN Culture and Education agency, thus disarming an international campaign to scuttle his candidacy over his anti-Israel comments.
Wednesday, Hosni apologized for such comments ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 18, 2009, 1:42 PM (GMT+02:00)
Six hundred Egyptian commandos are deployed in northern Sinai and divided Rafah for Cairo's first serious effort ever to cork up the hundreds of Hamas' arms smuggling mega-tunnels into the Gaza Strip, debkafile's military sources reveal.
"If Cairo had done this three years ago," said as a high-ranking Israeli ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 19, 2009, 10:53 AM (GMT+02:00)
According to debkafile's military sources, Egyptian security forces are closing in on a secret Iranian-Hizballah headquarters in central Sinai which has been organizing the flow of smuggled arms to Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
As part of the operation, a 500-strong Egyptian force in armored vehicles carried out ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 16, 2009, 9:14 AM (GMT+02:00)
Neither Cairo nor Tehran is saying out loud that the 49 men, including seven Israeli citizens and one Lebanese citizen, arrested by Egyptian security forces on charges of supporting Hamas and Hezbollah, were the tip of a clandestine Iranian iceberg.
A major Iranian network has been going strong for three ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 25, 2009, 7:34 AM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's Cairo sources report that last week, Egypt's senior mediator, Gen. Omar Suleiman flew to Washington and foreign minister Aboul Geith traveled to Brussels to ask their governments to underwrite sectionsof the Palestinian unity government accord that circumvent the Middle East Quartet's stipulations for talking to Hamas.
The fate ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 10, 2009, 2:56 PM (GMT+02:00)
Based on Egyptian intelligence findings, president Hosni Mubarak's aides advised visiting US secretary of state Hillary Clinton last week that an Iranian agent is behind recent attacks on foreign tourists in Cairo, debkafile's exclusive sources report.
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 24, 2009, 8:23 PM (GMT+02:00)
The explosion in the Khan El-Khalili Bazaar near Hussein Mosque in Cairo Sunday, Feb. 22 killed a 17-year old French girl. Among the 21 injured was a large group of visiting French teenagers as well as Germans, Saudis and Egyptians. Egyptian police are playing down the attack saying it was ...
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report February 22, 2009, 10:51 PM (GMT+02:00)
debkafile's military sources report that the Egyptian 2nd Army's mechanized division carried out a 10-day military exercise in Sinai dubbed "Bedouin 3." Infantry, armored and artillery units took part as well as F-16 fighter-bombers, Mirage 5E2 fighters and Apache assault helicopters, using live ammunition