306 articles tagged "Egypt"
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At the Rafah crossing
Cairo shuts Gaza's Rafah crossing to free passage at US insistence
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report June 2, 2011

Just four days after the much-heralded opening of the Rafah crossing between the Palestinian Gaza Strip and Sinai, Cairo virtually shut it down Tuesday, May 31, by a series of tight bureaucratic measures in response to a US warning that since the crossing's opening, Palestinian and al Qaeda terrorists had been roaming at large across Sinai exposing the Suez Canal to attack. After the US informed Jerusalem of the new restrictions, an Israeli defense official arrived in Cairo to discuss security coordination.

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A 120mm mortar shell smuggled into Gaza
Hamas-Gaza's missile stock passes 10,000 - and going up
DEBKAfile Special Report May 31, 2011

Updates reaching debkafile's military sources say that Hamas had stockpiled more than 10,000 by early May – in defiance of Israel's partial blockade of the Gaza Strip. Following April 9, when the Palestinian extremists shot 133 rockets at seven Israeli cities, Egypt's military rulers persuaded Israel to accept a ceasefire in lieu of an operation for smashing this arsenal. By September, when Egypt holds elections that Hamas' parent the Muslim Brotherhood is heavily tipped to win, Hamas will have accumulated 11,000 missiles. 

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Rafah border crossing
Cairo opens Gaza crossing, prepares to halt gas to Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 28, 2011

Egyptian authorities plan to follow up on the permanent opening of the Gaza Strip Rafah crossing Saturday, May 28 - so ending its four-year siege - by liquidating EMG (the East Mediterranean Gas Company) and halting the supply of Egyptian gas to Israel.
Both are violations of Egypt's international commitments and both meet the demands of the Palestinian Hamas. They are also consistent with Cairo's post-revolutionary rulers' policy to distance themselves from the former peace relations with Israel.

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Binyamin Netanyahu
An Israeli-Saudi Strategic Understanding
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 26, 2011

With a new strategic partner in hand after losing Turkey and Mubarak's Egypt, the Israeli prime minister was in a position to underline Israel's continued adherence to its military option against Iran acquiring nuclear weapons. Secret Saudi-Israeli intelligence parleys are now joined by Jordan.

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The Military Council Falls Apart in the Face of Rising Disorder
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 20, 2011

Instead of democracy, Egypt is sinking into violence, widespread disorder, sectarian clashes and crime as the military rulers stand aside and wait for a new ruler to take over.

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Israeli soldiers mend breached border fence
Assad tried pro-Palestinian Golan stunt to foil Egypt's Hamas takeover
DEBKAfile Special Report May 16, 2011

Syria's Bashar Assad and Hizballah had more than one objective in bussing thousands of demonstrators to Israel's Golan border Nakba Day, Sun. May 15. One was to show they could easily capture the enclave from Israel and the other, to put a spoke in Egypt's wheel for transferring Hamas' command centers from Damascus to the Gaza Strip. Israeli policymakers failed to appreciate this intelligence and so the IDF's Northern Command officers were taken off guard by the storming of Majd al-Shams.

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Israeli troops on tense Lebanese border
Terror attack in Tel Aviv: One dead, 17 injured - first Nakba Day victims
DEBKAfile Special Report May 14, 2011

Aviv Morag, 29, from Caesaria was killed shortly before his marriage and 17 people were injured - two in serious condition - after being run down by an Israeli Arab, 22, from Kafr Qassem in Tel Aviv, Sunday, May 15. The killer's truck swerved left and right along 2 kilometers of busy road in South Tel Aviv. After knocking over a traffic light, the driver jumped out and shouting Allah Akhbar! used the pieces to beat passers-by who eventually overpowered him.

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Muslim Brotherhood's Abdel Moneim Fotouh runs for Egyptian president
Egypt's Muslims design presidential runner for US nod
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 13, 2011

Notwithstanding the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood's promise not to seek the presidency, Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, 60, member of the MB's Shura Council, has announced he would run for president in Egypt's coming election albeit as an "independent," although no one doubts whom he represents.
April 29, DEBKA-Net-Weekly 490 revealed that Fotouh was MB's presidential candidate, the first publication to do so. Recently discovered by the American media, he is depicted as a progressive, moderate Muslim figure. 

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Assad's mouthpiece tycoon Rami Makhlouf
Cairo to move Meshaal to Gaza. Assad threatens war on Israel
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 11, 2011

Egypt's military rulers are letting Hamas' political leader Khaled Meshaal move his base out of troubled Damascus to the Gaza Strip. The pledge came as an inducement for his signing the Palestinian unity pact with Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah on May 4, as disclosed for the first time by debkafile's intelligence sources.  In Damascus, Bashar Assad's cousin Rami Makhlouf threatened Syria would go to war against Israel if the US and Europe did not back off from supporting the anti-regime uprising. 

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The next meeting may mark parting of the ways
Israel's next challenge: Obama's outreach to Muslim Brotherhood
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report May 9, 2011

Israel celebrates the 63rd anniversary of its independence in good cheer. Neither by word nor hint have its leaders referred to the next challenge facing the country:  Barack Obama, president of Israel's best friend and ally, has picked the Muslim Brotherhood as his chosen partner for promoting American interests in the Arab world. His courtship of this organization, which he regards as moderate, was the rationale, say debkafile's sources, behind his bold decision to get rid of Osama bin Laden.

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Barack Obama and Tayyip Erdogan
Obama Builds Strategic Understandings with Erdogan
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 29, 2011

US President Barack Obama is building an alliance with Turkish premier Tayyip Erdogan to spearhead Washington's evolving Iranian and Middle East policies. Turkey, NATO's only Muslim member, is slated to replace Egypt as America's senior Middle East Muslim partner. The two leaders share the conviction that together they can come up with a coherent policy for shaping a democratic Middle East. 

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Moneim Abou el-Foutouh
Moneim Abou el-Foutouh Will Run against a Military Junta Candidate
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 29, 2011

While declaring that they don't aim for power, the Muslim Brotherhood has put up a candidate for the Egyptian presidency. Despite his radical and stormy past, he is being portrayed as a progressive. The generals have countered by approaching Field Marshall Mohamed Tantawi to run against the MB candidate.

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Gemal Mubarak in jail
Today: Mubarak. Tomorrow: Tantawi
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2011

The Egyptian prosecutor general's decicion to put deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and his sons on trial -  the former for his life - indicates the powerlessness of the ruling supreme military council in the face of the street. This weakness emboldens the Muslim Brotherhood and opens the door to Iranian penetration.

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Asif Ali Zardari and Abdullah Gul
Ankara Tries Its Luck with Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt, Syria
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report April 14, 2011

The uprising against the Assad regime in Syria finally knocked over the Turkish-Iranian-Syrian-Hizballah axis. Erdogan's vision of Turkey as the all-purpose super-mediator vanished into the blue yonder. He is now trying to climb back on the horse through the Muslim Brotherhood chapters of Egypt and Syria.

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Israeli airborne missile kills three senior Hamas gunmen
Israel and Hamas near a Spring war
DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis April 2, 2011

After weeks of rising tension, Israel and Hamas have taken a step towards a full-blown military confrontation: Saturday, April 2, an Israeli air strike killed three senior Hamas Izz al-Din Qassam Brigades gunmen in the Gaza Strip. The Israeli army spokesman said the operation pre-empted a major Palestinian terror-cum-kidnap campaign scheduled for Passover. Hamas warned Israel its "dangerous escalation" would have "consequences." debkafile's sources: The coming conflict will be influenced by the changing forces rising from current Arab unrest.

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IDF shows Iranian arms bound for Gaza
Hamas wins Cairo's recognition
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 19, 2011

Israeli living near Gaza woke up Saturday, March 19, to the most massive mortar attack in years – 50 rounds fired in 15 minutes. Two civilians were injured and substantial damage caused to property. Hamas has unusually claimed responsibility, emboldened by the support it has won from a new ally, Egypt, which is also forging new ties with Syria - and the Netanyahu government's disregard of the changing winds blowing in from Egypt including Cairo's de facto recognition of Hamas rule in Gaza.

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US FA-18 Super Hornet fighter-bombers
Five air forces set to attack Libya. Qaddafi threatens reprisals in Europe and ME
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2011

The resolution the UN Security Council passed Thursday night, March 17 approved not only a no-fly zone for Libya but also "all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack" – a mandate for military steps short of invasion. It was carried by 10 votes with Russia, China, Brazil, India and Germany abstaining. The US, British, French, UAE and Qatar air forces are on standby. If attacked, Libya threatens retaliation against civilian and military targets in Europe and the Middle East.

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Beset from Khartoum in the South and El Arish to the North
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2011

Iran, Hamas and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood have set up two staging centers ion Khartoum and El Arish, Sinai for grabbing power in Cairo. The Palestinian fundamentalist Hamas has undergone a transformation in the last two years. Today, Tehran has made Hamas an important vehicle for carrying Iranian influence - and smuggled weapons - into the heart of the popular uprisings overtaking the Arab world, especially in Egypt.

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Hillary Clinton
In Cairo, Clinton Finds Generals without an Army and Little Taste for Democracy
DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 18, 2011

Washington has excellent relations with the Egyptian military rulers but their control of the country is extremely limited. The soldiers would rather desert than obey orders. The police are off the streets and the civilian government goes its own way.

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Heavy mortar shell in A.S. Victoria weapons cargo
Israeli navy intercepts vessel carrying arms delivered by Iranian warships
DEBKAfile Special Report March 15, 2011

Israeli Navy commandos intercepted the German-owned A.S. Victoria Tuesday, March 15 about 320 kilometers off Israel's Mediterranean coast on its way from the Turkish port of Mercin to Egypt.
The Liberian-flagged vessel was carrying a large consignment of weapons bound for the Palestinian Hamas in the Gaza Strip. debkafile reports the Victoria  collected the weapons at the Syrian port of Latakia, where they had been offloaded by the two Iranian warships which transited the Suez Canal February 22.

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