Tag: Egypt

Apr 20

#ISIS Opens Its Next Front in Sinai and Gulf of Aqaba

Now it is time for Israel, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt to get into the mix.  This place is so isolated that carpet bombing and MOABs would be a good choice.  Let their ground troops do the mop up. George From DEBKA weekly7\ In expectation of an imminent US-led offensive to take Raqqa, the Islamic State …

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Jul 10

US-Israeli-Egyptian mobile sensor-fence projects to block further #ISIS Mid East expansion

A US mobile surveillance sensor tower This is not a good sign.  Not that the Americans are doing this but that it is being done at all. Is ISIS replacing the Muslim Brotherhood in North Africa?  If so, Egypt will be mired in civil war and will probably have its borders redrawn.  The area formerly known …

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Jul 06

#ISIS targets #Egypt ian Antiquities, including Pyramids and Sphynx

This long article highlights the difficulties Egypt has in defending Sinai.  However, more sinister is their ability to protect such international treasures as the Cairo Museum, the Pyramids, The Sphinx, Luxor and the Valley of the Kings, and Abu Simbel.  I am glad to have visited all except Abu Simbel.  It was dangerous enough then …

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Jun 12

Saudi air chief killed in #Scud attack. We must adapt this new foreign policy NOW. #ISIS

A few unanswered questions: 1) Where did the Houthis get the Scuds and the know-how to accurately target them? 2) Who supplied the intelligence that the Saudi air chief would be at the base? 3) Why was there only one or two Patriot batteries protecting the air base?  It was obvious that 15 incoming missiles …

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May 19

Next challenge for US after Ramadi defeat: #Iran ship nears Yemeni shore

The article tells of a major US exercise in Jordan that included a B-52.  This was a show of force no doubt intended as a red line. Another red line is the naval blockade of Yemen.  There are 2 days until it is crossed.  DEBKA doubts that the US will do anything to inspect the …

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May 13

Tehran: Attacking #Yemen -bound aid ship will “ignite war”

Another red line for Obama.  He will no doubt back off to appease Iran. Will Arabia and Egypt do the same?  At a minimum the ship should be boarded and inspected.  If there are no arms, let it continue its mission.  If there are arms the ship should be seized.  Let Iran back up its bluster. …

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Apr 18

Iranian Armada Heads for #Yemen

I have been warning that Iran’s insertion of Naval vessels into the Yemen war was very dangerous.  That was when they sent two warships.  Now they are sending seven more with the explicit order to resupply the Houthis.  I assume that they will try to break the blockade that Egypt and Saudi Arabia have set …

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Apr 01

Khamenei sends #Iran navy to Bab el-Mandeb Straits, #Yemen.

  And so it begins. HT to DEBKAFile George Khamenei sends Iranian navy to Bab el-Mandeb Straits. Iran arms store for Hamas bombed in Libya DEBKAfile Exclusive Report March 31, 2015, 10:36 PM (IDT) Control of the Red Sea Bab el-Mandeb Straits passed Tuesday, March 31 to pro-Iranian Yemeni forces when the Yemeni Army’s 117th …

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Mar 26

Egypt seizes Bab el Mandeb ahead of #Iran. Saudis bomb Iran-backed Yemeni #Houthis. US launches air strikes over #Tikrit

Egypt seizes Bab el Mandeb ahead of Iran. Saudis bomb Iran-backed Yemeni Houthis. US launches air strikes over Tikrit And so it begins.  Actually it began in Yemen when Obama decided not to support Saleh in the Arab spring uprising.  That, of course, created instability and a vacuum into which the Houthis jumped.  Now we …

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Feb 06

Iran’s Design on Anbar, Jordan, Egypt, Israel – DEBKA

Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency, laid the picture out fair and square in his annual review of national security threats to the US House Armed Services Committee on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Islamic State has steadily extended its reach despite near-daily bombing of its forces, he reported. “More than two dozen …

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