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Rise in Sinai insurgency attacks tied to Israel’s 2005 pullout from Gaza Strip

attack of the Egyptian military post and cross-border incursion was the largest attack carried out in Sinai by global jihad operatives against both Egyptian and Israeli targets.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — A leading Israeli strategist has linked the Islamist insurgency in Egypt to the withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005. Ehud Yaari, the strategist, said the insurgency presence in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula stemmed from Israel’s withdrawal from the Gaza Strip. Yaari, regarded as close to the Israeli intelligence community, [...]

August 17th, 2012 | Posted in Egypt,Exclusives,Hamas,Israel,Mideast,Terrorism,Top Stories | Read More »

Tantawi drops off the radar screen in post-Mubarak Egypt

Egypt's newly appointed defense minister, Lt. Gen. Abdul-Fattah el-Sisi, left, meeting with President Mohamed Morsi in Cairo.  /Egyptian Presidency, via AP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has continued its purge of military commanders appointed by then-President Hosni Mubarak. Egypt’s new defense minister, Abdul Fatah Sisi, has made his first appointments since he was named by President Mohammed Morsi. Sisi, said to be close to the ruling Muslim Brotherhood, ordered the replacement of senior commanders appointed [...]

August 16th, 2012 | Posted in Egypt,Exclusives,Mideast,Top Stories | Read More »

Egypt closes 150 tunnels but Gaza smugglers still using 50

A Palestinian smuggler moves refrigerators through a tunnel from Egypt under the border in Rafah, Gaza Strip.  /AP/Eyad Baba

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has again failed to halt the huge Palestinian smuggling tunnel network. Security sources said Egypt has determined that Palestinian smuggling continues despite the closure of some 150 tunnels. They said the Hamas regime in the Gaza Strip was deploying some 50 tunnels to transfer arms, fuel and construction material. [...]

August 16th, 2012 | Posted in Egypt,Exclusives,Hamas,Mideast,Top Stories | Read More »

35 years later, who will be the next Anwar Sadat?

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat greets Israeli Prime Minister Menahem Begin upon his arrival for his historic visit Nov. 19, 1977, at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport.

Special to WorldTribune.com   November 28, 2007 By Trude B. Feldman, White House and State Dept. Correspondent ANNAPOLIS, Maryland – It is now 30 years since Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar el Sadat electrified the world and altered indelibly the Arab-Israeli conflict with his startling three-day journey to Jerusalem. [See also:  Morsi looks to revise 1979 Egypt-Israel [...]

August 15th, 2012 | Posted in Egypt,Exclusives,Israel,Life,Top Stories,U.S. Intelligence,U.S. Military,U.S. Politics | Read More »

Morsi looks to revise 1979 Egypt-Israel peace treaty

Menachem Begin, Jimmy Carter and Anwar Sadat at Camp David in 1978.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — President Mohammed Morsi has been examining the prospect of revising Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel. A presidential aide said Morsi wanted to change the 1979 peace treaty to end the demilitarization of Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Morsi’s legal adviser Mohammed Gadallah said the Islamist president wanted to restore Egyptian sovereignty throughout [...]

August 15th, 2012 | Posted in Daily Brief,Egypt,Exclusives,Israel,Mideast,Top Stories,U.S. Intelligence,U.S. Military | Read More »

U.S. pushes F-16 project for Egypt despite Muslim Brotherhood purge of military

F-16 Block 52 Fighting Falcon.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, in wake of the dismissal of Egypt’s military command, has advanced the F-16 multi-role fighter for the Arab state. The Defense Department has awarded a major contract to facilitate the procurement of F-16s by the Egyptian Air Force. The Pentagon selected American International Contractors for a $66.6 [...]

August 15th, 2012 | Posted in Egypt,Exclusives,Mideast,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Military | Read More »

Morsi expands purge of Egyptian military, intelligence

Egypt's new Defence Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sissi receives his orders at the presidential palace in Cairo on Aug. 12.  /Reuters/Egyptian Presidency/Handout

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — President Mohammed Morsi, continuing his purge of the military and intelligence community, has fired the commanders of the military services. Morsi dismissed the heads of the Army, Navy and Air Force in the third stage of the military purge by Egypt’s first Islamist president. Morsi named new commanders and ordered [...]

August 15th, 2012 | Posted in Egypt,Exclusives,Mideast,Top Stories | Read More »

No worries: White House downplays Muslim Brotherhood takeover in Egypt

Pentagon spokesman George Little.  /AP/Luis M. Alvarez

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has played down the dismissal of Egypt’s military command by its new Islamist president. The administration of President Barack Obama asserted that the dismissal of the military command by Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi would not affect relations with the United States. The administration said it expected those [...]

August 14th, 2012 | Posted in Daily Brief,Egypt,Exclusives,Mideast,Top Stories,U.S. Intelligence,U.S. Military,U.S. Politics | Read More »

Brotherhood in charge: Morsi retires pro-U.S. Tantawi, fires military command

From left, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, President Mohammed Morsi and Lt. Gen. Sami Anan at a recent military event.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The ruling Muslim Brotherhood has fired Egypt’s military command. President Mohammed Morsi, the nation’s first Islamist president, has dismissed many of the members of the ruling council. Morsi, a Brotherhood leader, fired the chairman of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Defense Minister Hussein Tantawi, as well as the [...]

August 13th, 2012 | Posted in Daily Brief,Egypt,Exclusives,Mideast,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Military,U.S. Politics | Read More »

Israel, Egypt agree: Coordinating to stop influx of African migrants

African migrants protected by Israeli border police watch an anti-African-migrant protest in Tel Aviv in May.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Egypt and Israel have joined their militaries to prevent the flow of African migrants. Human rights activists said Egypt’s military was coordinating to stop Eritrean and Sudanese migrants from crossing the border into Israel. They said the Egyptian Army allowed Israeli troops to capture the migrants in the Sinai [...]

August 12th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Egypt,Eritrea,Exclusives,Israel,Mideast,Sudan,Top Stories | Read More »

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