Egypt conducts first ever air strikes in the Nile Delta against terrorist targets

The Egyptian air force has bombed six terrorist targets in Sinai and, for the first time in its modern military history, in the famous Nile Delta.  Reporting this on Sunday, March 4, the Egyptian military spokesman Col. Tamer Rifai did not specify which areas were struck in the two regions, or which terrorist organizations were targeted. DEBKAfile’s military sources report that the very fact that the Egyptian military has expanded its counter-terror campaign from the Sinai desert into an area in northern Egypt testifies to the rising threat posed by the Islamic State and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

The Nile Delta, Egypt’s richest agricultural region for 5,000 years, has a population of 39 million, most of them living in the main towns of Alexandria and the Cairo conurbation and sparsely spread out in between. It fans out across 240 sq.km, from Alexandria in the west, through Port Said in the east and up to the Mediterranean in the north.

President Abdel-Fatteh el-Sisi personally approved this extreme measure, despite its inevitable political fallout, in order to cut down on the terrorist peril hanging over his regime before Egypt goes to the polls on March 26-28 to choose its president. In the four years since he seized power from the Muslim Brotherhood’s President Mohamed Morsi, internal security in Egypt, instead of improving, has gone from bad to worse. Although El-Sisi’s re-election is in the bag, in the absence of any other serious contenders, his personal and political standing is at stake.

“Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018″ was officially launched on Feb. 9 for “the comprehensive confrontation of terrorist and criminal elements and organizations in north and middle Sinai and other areas in the Nile Delta and the desert areas west of the Nile valley.” The military spokesman now reports that, so far, 16 troops and 10 terrorists were killed in the operation and 245 detained.
On March, Amnesty International issued a statement based on an Egyptian military video accusing the Egyptian air force of using US supplied Mk 118 cluster munitions in North Sinai.

 

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  • Mar 4, 2018 @ 13:57 at 13:57
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    אנא תקנו את הגירסה העברית! יש כל הזמן
    ו\או מבזקים. תודה מראש. בעיות בהורדת מאמרים

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  • Mar 4, 2018 @ 18:30 at 18:30
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    The tacit Egypt-Israel military and intelligence co-operation is a rare boon in the (otherwise) criminally insane Middle East !

  • Mar 4, 2018 @ 20:08 at 20:08
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    Great, while ” Egypt testifies to the rising threat posed by the Islamic State and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood,” the U.S. protects the Muslim Brotherhood….

    • Mar 5, 2018 @ 6:10 at 6:10
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      “Great, while ” Egypt testifies to the rising threat posed by the Islamic State and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood,” the U.S. protects the Muslim Brotherhood…”

      @AnitaH.,

      That was during the Obama Administration.
      We now have a President with more common sense!

  • Mar 4, 2018 @ 20:25 at 20:25
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    Just as Iran and Turkey are the two big octopus in the Middle East so is the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.S..

  • Mar 4, 2018 @ 23:48 at 23:48
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    Yes, the Muslim Brotherhood is infesting every campus in North America under the protection of University administrations and university Presidents. The also get protection from “Equity and Inclusion” leftist offices on campus infused with sympathizers.

    It is time to purge our own Western countries or else we will find ourselves answering to the MB and being terrorized by them as they seem destined with left- wing to the easy route to power.

    I hope that Egypt does away with them but can we trust anyone with Islamist connections to not turn against us after they have cleaned one room of their Islamic house?

  • Mar 5, 2018 @ 4:06 at 4:06
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    The Muslim Brotherhood is going to get wack along with Iran. No more Obama protection.

  • Mar 5, 2018 @ 6:10 at 6:10
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    “Amnesty International issued a statement… accusing the Egyptian air force of using US supplied Mk 118 cluster munitions in North Sinai.”

    however, typical of amnesty international’s lack of moral compass, they never condemned the rawda mosque attack in sinai. they are more concerned with the type and provenance of the munitions used to fight terrorism, than with the human rights of more than 300 victims of those same terrorists.

    • Mar 5, 2018 @ 6:50 at 6:50
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      Sorry to say that Amnesty International operates like the ACLU in the U.S.A. in that they are very selective as to who’s “rights” they wish to protect———–both have agendas so far to the left and both exclusively support actions promoting left-wing causes to the exclusion of everything else———–hence their silence at times when they should be outspoken to protect the lives or rights (in the case of the ACLU) of ALL people in harms way!

  • Mar 5, 2018 @ 6:32 at 6:32
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    From the conclusion of the Debka article:

    “On March, Amnesty International issued a statement based on an Egyptian military video accusing the Egyptian air force of using US supplied Mk 118 cluster munitions in North Sinai.”

    It appears that Egypt is not supposed to do what is required to eliminate terrorists who threaten the very existence of Egypt!
    There has been no mention by Amnesty International so far about the massive inventory of advanced missiles sent by Iran to Hezbollah in south Lebanon————–up until such time as hostilities erupt and the Israelis are forced to take action to take those weapons out in order to reduce casualties to their own population————–then we’ll see Amnesty International suddenly “jump into action” and condemn Israel
    for doing so with no mention of what Hezbollah is doing!

    Just another fine day in the Middle East!

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  • Mar 5, 2018 @ 18:25 at 18:25
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    nice picture, very dramatic, etc., but… the egyptian air force has never had su-25s.

    • Mar 5, 2018 @ 19:30 at 19:30
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      LOL, Is this the Frogfoot? I thought this photo was bogus!

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  • Mar 8, 2018 @ 7:49 at 7:49
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    240 sq km. somebody failed maths at junior leve.

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