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  • Russian MiGs in Sudan and Yemen (Russian Merc Pilots section highlighted)

    01/04/2002 11:36:21 PM PST · by Fighting Irish · 15 replies · 424+ views
    Newsmax and Softwar.net ^ | Jan 4, 2002 | Charles Smith
    Russia has cut a deal with Sudan to deliver a dozen advanced MiG-29 Fulcrum jet fighters to the war-torn country. The deal, announced Christmas Day in Moscow, also includes 14 MiG-29 jets for Yemen. The transfer of fourth-generation MiG-29 Fulcrums to Sudan has raised concerns inside the Pentagon and is certain to alter any possible U.S. plans for air strikes at known terrorist bases inside the African nation. Sudan was cited as one of a limited number of nations with direct links to the Al-Qaeda terrorist network. The U.S. State Department also listed Sudan as one of a few hostile ...
  • China seeks strategic foothold in Israel

    03/25/2014 11:25:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 24.03.2014 | Blair Cunningham
    The continued threat of economic boycotts targeting Israel hasn’t deterred China from forging ahead with a new freight rail link through Israel. The planned link could provide an alternative to the Suez Canal. The project would connect the 300-plus kilometers between Eilat on the Red Sea and Ashdod Port on the Mediterranean. And it could be the chance for China to gain a foothold in the region. …
  • Op-Ed: Obama Fallout: Saudis Broker Port Said to Putin's Navy (Egypt)

    11/11/2013 12:03:43 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    inn ^ | 11/11/13 | staff
    Since the beginning of the 19th century, Egypt's Port Said, because of its location near the Suez Canal, has acted as a global city located on the very hub of world commerce. In fact, Rudyard Kipling once said of Port Said "If you truly wish to find someone you have known and who travels, there are two points on the globe you have but to sit and wait, sooner or later your man will come there: the docks of London and Port Said." Using the Suez Canal, it is 7200 miles (11,600 km) from London to Mumbai. Without using the...
  • Sinai: Dozens Killed in Egyptian Army Assault

    09/07/2013 6:48:09 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 09/07/2013 | Gil Ronen
    The Egyptian military is mounting what is reportedly its largest operation in the Sinai Peninsula since the 1973 Yom Kippur War – as part of a struggle against islamist terrorists. At least 30 people are said to have been killed in the operation, which began Saturday morning.
  • Egypt army launches offensive against Sinai militants

    09/08/2013 5:02:26 AM PDT · by kingattax · 5 replies
    BBC News ^ | 7 September 2013
    At least nine Islamist militants have been killed in a major offensive by the Egyptian army in Sinai, security officials have said. Eyewitnesses told the BBC that tanks and troops, backed by Apache helicopters, had struck the militants in towns along the Gaza Strip border. The operation is said to be the biggest of its kind in recent years in Sinai. Meanwhile, Egyptian soldiers defused mortars and other explosives found on a railway line near the Suez Canal. There have been frequent attacks on pipelines and security forces since the uprising that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.
  • Failed 'terrorist' attack on Suez Canal ship

    09/01/2013 6:36:47 PM PDT · by Innovative · 16 replies
    UK Telegraph ^ | Sept 1, 2013 | AFP
    A container ship in the Suez Canal was the target of a failed "terrorist" attack on Saturday aimed at disrupting traffic through the key waterway, the head of the Suez Canal Authority said. Admiral Mohab Mamish confirmed that "a terrorist" had launched the attack against a Panamanian-flagged ship, adding in a statement that "the attempt failed completely and there was no damage to the ship or the containers it carried". The statement gave no details of the nature of the attempt at 1230 GMT Saturday, but sources said they heard loud explosions from the container ship which had been passing...
  • Egypt launches controversial Peace Canal project canal [1997]

    08/03/2013 9:11:43 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    CNN ^ | January 9, 1997 | Gayle Young
    Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak set off an explosion Thursday, launching an ambitious and controversial plan to make the Western Desert bloom with water channeled from the Nile River. When the canal is done, if all goes according to plan, water will wind its way 190 miles (310 kilometers) across the Western Desert to irrigate 500,000 acres (200,000 hectares) of virgin land. And, if all goes according to plan, the newly irrigated land will be populated by hundreds of thousands of people. The explosion Thursday was the first step in the construction on a pumping station that Egypt claims will be...
  • Was Israel’s Latest ‘Air’ Attack on Syria from a Submarine?

    07/21/2013 7:04:34 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 22 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | July 20, 2013 | By Tom Gross
    An attack two weeks ago that destroyed an advanced Russian missile shipment delivered to Syria’s Assad regime should also serve as a warning to Iran – and to those complacent Western diplomats who have (dangerously in my view) reconciled themselves to the idea of allowing Iran to go nuclear and then trying to contain it. For it seems that the July 5 attack on an arms depot near the Syrian naval base of Latakia, which has been attributed to Israel, came not from the air (as CNN and the New York Times reported last weekend) but from under the water....
  • The Stagnant Mediterranean

    06/06/2013 4:37:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 6, 2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    From the heights of Gibraltar you can see Africa about nine miles to the south and gaze eastward on the seemingly endless Mediterranean that stretches 1,500 miles to Asia beyond. The Romans called it Mare Nostrum, "our sea," and these deep blue waters allowed Rome to unite Asia, Africa, and Europe for half a millennium under a single prosperous, globalized civilization. But the Mediterranean has not always proved to be history's incubator of great civilizations -- Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, Florentine, and Venetian. Sometimes the ancient "Pillars of Hercules" at Gibraltar's narrow mouth of the Mediterranean marked not so much...
  • Egypt protesters torch buildings, target Suez Canal

    03/09/2013 10:09:06 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 4 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 10, 2013 | Yousri Mohamed and Marwa Awad
    Egyptian protesters torched buildings in Cairo and tried unsuccessfully to disrupt international shipping on the Suez Canal, as a court ruling on a deadly soccer riot stoked rage in a country beset by worsening security. The ruling enraged residents of Port Said, at the northern entrance of the Suez Canal, by confirming the death sentences imposed on 21 local soccer fans for their role in the riot last year, when more than 70 people were killed. But the court also angered rival fans in Cairo by acquitting a further 28 defendants whom they wanted punished, including seven members of the...
  • Egypt's Pyramids Are Not for Sale

    03/04/2013 7:16:06 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    The National ^ | Mar 3, 2013
    Egyptians are in financial distress but they are not selling their pyramids to the Qataris yetRumour has it that the Qataris are out to buy the pyramids from the Egyptians, columnist Abdul Rahman Al Rashed wrote in yesterday's edition of the Saudi-owned newspaper Asharq Al Awsat. There has been another amusing rumour that the Qataris have made a bid to buy the Suez Canal. It is said that the bid was made to the deputy supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Khairat Al Shater. "Think of it in the context of a globalised world, it won't be that bizarre if...
  • September 2001 - September 2012

    09/01/2012 1:56:13 AM PDT · by Cindy · 46 replies
    TRUTHUSA.com ^ | September 1, 2012 | n/a
    Brief thoughts/quotes from the last 11 years. "Looking away, not caring, or hoping for the best are not viable options in fighting terrorism (in general) and the global jihad (specifically). Terrorism must be fought head on 24/7 and preventing terrorism is far better than just reacting to one terror-related event after another." -Cindy (July 1, 2011) ~ "WHAT DID I LEARN from the terrorist attack on September 11, 2001? OPINION: I have learned that more Americans love America than the lame-stream media will ever let on. I have learned that America's military is the finest in the world. I have...
  • The Region: Egypt kicks sand in Obama’s face (and Islamist Morsy says his son could be POTUS!)

    09/03/2012 9:43:56 AM PDT · by Seizethecarp · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | September 2, 2012 | BARRY RUBIN
    Indeed, at the precise moment Panetta was meeting Morsy, the new president was releasing Islamist terrorists from Egyptian prisons. These include terrorists from Islamic Jihad, which is part of the al-Qaida coalition! How do you square that one, secretary Panetta? And finally, Morsy pointed out to Panetta that his own son was born in California, when the future Egyptian president was studying there. His son, Morsy pointed out, could be the president of the United States one day. This is all you need to know: The US government asked its good buddy Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy to inspect an Iranian...
  • Iran planned attack on Israeli vessel in Suez

    03/24/2012 11:09:33 PM PDT · by U-238 · 20 replies · 2+ views
    Ynet ^ | 3/24/2012 | Roi Kais
    Egyptian security forces were able to foil a terror attack on Israeli vessels in the Suez Canal, Cairo's Al-Ahram weekly reported Saturday. According to the report, the Egyptian investigation into the matter concluded that the potential attacks were orchestrated by Iran. Egyptian authorities have two suspects in custody – Saliman Rizek abdel Razek and Salame Ahmed Salame. The two deny any involvement, but according to the report authorities have evidence linking them, via the offer of a 50 million Egyptian pounds payment, to a third suspect – Muhammad Zakri – who they allegedly tried to hire to execute the attack....
  • U.S. leverage over Egypt: Use it or lose it

    02/17/2012 5:27:36 PM PST · by SJackson · 7 replies
    Global Public Square ^ | 2-17-12 | Gabriel Kohan and Mark Donig
    Gabriel Kohan is a former Israel Government Fellow and Mark Donig is a former Dean’s Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya’s Program for the Diplomatic Corps. In 1967, after the UN Emergency Force (UNEF) in the Sinai Peninsula abandoned its position as Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser postured toward armed conflict with Israel, then-Israeli Ambassador to the U.N., Abba Eban, compared UNEF to “an umbrella that is taken away as soon as it begins to rain.” The international community, rather than use its leverage, willingly cowed to Egypt, and war soon followed. Today, Eban’s sentiments could be aptly applied to...
  • Iranian Vessels Which Crossed Suez Canal Carry "Advanced Hezbollah Weapons" -- Israel

    02/23/2011 4:36:38 AM PST · by Strategy · 85 replies
    KUNA ^ | February 23, 2011
    The two Iranian naval ships which crossed the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean Tuesday morning are carrying "advanced Hezbollah weapons," Maariv Israeli paper reported on Wednesday, citing sources. The sources told the paper, "Estimates indicate the two ships are carrying missiles of different range, rifles, ammunition, and night-vision gear... The voyage of the two ships is an Iranian attempt to go around the arms embargo on Hezbollah." The paper also said that it is believed the voyage is an attempt on the part of the Iranians to "test the waters" with and gauge the responses of the Egyptian Supreme Military...
  • Iran, U.S. Warships Face Down In Suez

    02/22/2011 5:42:36 AM PST · by Fennie · 49 replies
    UPI ^ | February 21, 2011
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. Navy warships are keeping a close eye on two Iranian warships expected to make a rare passage through the Suez Canal, a U.S. spokesman says. "If the ships move through the canal, we will evaluate what they actually do," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said. "It's not really about the ships. It's about what the ships are carrying, what's their destination, what's the cargo on board, where's it going, to whom and for what benefit."
  • Iranian warships cross Suez, enter Mediterranean

    02/22/2011 11:53:04 AM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2/22/11 | Yaakov Katz
    Israel was keeping an eye Tuesday on two Iranian Navy warships that crossed the Suez Canal for the first time in over 30 years in a belligerent move that Israel claims is an attempt by the Islamic Republic to project its power throughout the Middle East. The two ships - the Khark which has 250 crew members and can carry three helicopters and the Alvand which is armed with torpedoes and anti-ship missiles – entered the Suez Canal early Tuesday morning and arrived in the Mediterranean Sea by the evening.Israeli defense officials said that the ships did not pose a
  • US warships box in Iranian flotilla, delay Suez passage

    02/21/2011 1:57:29 PM PST · by RedMDer · 74 replies
    DEBKAfile ^ | February 21, 2011, 4:55 PM (GMT+02:00) | DEBKAfile
    The repeated delays and contradictory statements about the two Iranian warships' transit of the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean is accounted for by a standoff between the Iranian flotilla and five US warships deployed in recent days at the waterway's southern entrance and along its course, debkafile's sources disclose. Thursday night, Feb. 17, the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise, escorted by missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf and the fast supply ship USNS Arctic, headed south through the canal. By Friday morning, they were through and taking up position opposite the Kharg cruiser and Alvand missile destroyer of the Iranian Navy's 12th...
  • Earthquake Shakes Up Suez Canal as Iran Warships Approach

    02/21/2011 9:58:32 AM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 46 replies
    Israel National News ^ | February 21, 2011 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale shook up residents at the entrance to the Suez Canal early Monday morning, 48 hours before two Iranian ships, a frigate and a supply vessel, are expected to enter the canal. The National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical Research reported that tremors from the 3 a.m. quake lasted for 27 minutes, but caused no damage.
  • Iran warships to begin Suez Canal passage Tuesday

    02/21/2011 7:21:28 AM PST · by nuconvert · 15 replies
    CAIRO – Suez Canal officials say two Iranian naval vessels are expected to start their passage through the strategic waterway early Tuesday.
  • Iranian warships' passage through Suez put back two days

    02/20/2011 2:47:41 PM PST · by library user · 8 replies
    IC Publications ^ | Feb. 20, 2011 | Staff
    The passage of two Iranian naval ships through the Suez Canal has been put back to Wednesday, a canal official said on Sunday as Israel expressed its grave concern about the Mediterranean-bound vessels. "The shipping agent handling the two Iranian warships has told the canal administration to push back their passage by two days," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity. He did not elaborate on the reasons for the delay, but confirmed that the new day of passage through the waterway that links the Mediterranean Sea to the Red Sea would be Wednesday. Reportedly bound for Syria on...
  • Israel Weighs ‘Gravity’ of Iranian Ships Set to Transit Suez

    02/20/2011 1:24:41 PM PST · by Errant · 17 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 20 February, 2011 | Emily Esfahani Smith
    CAIRO (AP) — Iran‘s first attempt in decades to send warships through the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean on Europe’s — and NATO’s — southern flank could further destabilize the Middle East, a region already reeling from an unprecedented wave of anti-government rebellions.
  • YouTube - Israeli FM Warns Iran Over Warship Moves

    02/20/2011 2:27:10 AM PST · by Fennie · 9 replies
    Two Iranian warships are headed towards the Suez Canal en route to Syria with Israel's foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman hinting the Jewish State may respond. Lieberman said in a speech: "Israel cannot forever ignore these provocations." Israel has long accused Iran and Syria of providing weapons to Islamist groups seeking its elimination.
  • Iran says its warships completed Suez Canal crossing

    02/20/2011 5:14:14 AM PST · by Flavius · 33 replies
    haaratz ^ | 2/20/11 | By Reuters and Haaretz Service
    Two Iranian naval ships passed through the Suez Canal on Sunday, Iranian media reported, following conflicting reports and speculations on whether or not Egypt's ruling military would approve the move. "Two Iranian warships have passed through the canal and are heading towards a Syrian port," Al Alam said. Israel has called their passage through the canal "provocative".
  • Iran naval ships to cross Suez Canal on Monday

    02/19/2011 7:35:54 PM PST · by library user · 71 replies
    Reuters ^ | Feb. 19, 2011 | Staff
    ~ EXCERPT ~ (Reuters) - Two Iranian naval ships will sail through the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean on Monday, a Suez Canal official said, in what will be the first passage of Iranian naval ships through the canal since 1979. Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has described Iran's plan to send the ships through the canal en route to Syria as a "provocation." The official said the vessels would arrive at the southern mouth of the canal in the Red Sea's Gulf of Suez on Sunday. They would enter the canal in the northern convoy on Monday morning and...
  • Iran says two warships to pass through Suez canal

    02/17/2011 6:54:39 AM PST · by nuconvert · 24 replies
    (Reuters) - Iranian state TV said on Thursday two Iranian warships are due to pass through the strategic Suez Canal -- an event that would mark the first such passage by the Islamic republic's navy since Iran's 1979 revolution. A similar plan was announced on Wednesday but then canceled.
  • Egypt: Iran Naval Vessels Submit Request To Transit Suez

    02/18/2011 6:40:21 AM PST · by edpc · 6 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 18 Feb 2011 | AP
    CAIRO — Two Iranian naval vessels have submitted a request to transit the Suez Canal, Egypt's Foreign Ministry said Thursday. Ministry spokesman Hossam Zaki said Egyptian authorities have received the request to grant the vessels passage, while a Suez Canal official said the Defense Ministry would process the application. In Tehran, Iran's official English-language Press TV cited an Iranian naval official saying the two warships are to pass through the canal. The official said Tehran was in contact with Egypt about the ships.
  • Iran Warships Cancel Request To Cross Suez Canal

    02/17/2011 2:56:27 AM PST · by edpc · 42 replies
    JPost ^ | 17 Feb 2011 | Yaakov Katz & AP
    CAIRO — A senior Suez Canal official says two Iranian warships have withdrawn their application to transit the waterway following expressions of concern by Israel over the plans. The official said no reason was given for Thursday's decision to withdraw the application. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media, also said it was not known if the vessels intended to transit the waterway at a later date.
  • Egypt Agrees To Allow 2 Iranian Naval Vessels To Transit Suez Canal

    02/19/2011 7:05:02 AM PST · by Fennie · 24 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | February 18, 2011 | By Sarah el Deeb, Associated Press
    CAIRO - Egypt has agreed to allow two Iranian naval vessels to transit the Suez Canal to the Mediterranean, a military official said Friday, ending several days of confusion over their planned passage, which Israel's foreign minister has labeled a provocation. An Iranian diplomat has said the vessels were heading to Syria for training and that the request to move through the canal is in line with international regulations. It would be the first time since Iran's clerical rulers came to power in the 1979 Islamic Revolution that naval vessels from the country have passed through the canal to the...
  • Enterprise Strike Group Transits Suez Canal, Enters US 5th Fleet

    02/19/2011 7:49:29 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 53 replies
    Navy.mil ^ | 2/16/2011 3:17:00 PM | Enterprise Strike Group Public Affairs
    USS ENTERPRISE, Red Sea (NNS) -- Enterprise Carrier Strike Group (CSG) transited the Suez Canal and entered the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), Feb. 15. Enterprise transited the canal along with guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) and fast combat support ship USNS Arctic (T-AOE 8). "Our ability to use the Suez Canal in a routine manner and according to long-standing plans demonstrates the ongoing stability of this important waterway," said Rear Adm. Terry B. Kraft, commander, Enterprise CSG. The 120-mile Suez Canal, constructed in 1869, runs north to south across the Isthmus of Suez in...
  • Friday Afternoon Roundup - Democracy in Flames

    02/18/2011 4:07:50 PM PST · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 5 replies
    Sultan Knish a blog by Daniel Greenfield ^ | Feb. 18, 2011 | Daniel Greenfield
    As the Middle East violence continues, we move on to Bahrain for a proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. Saudi forces are battling Shiite protesters in the streets. Naturally the media is misreporting this as government atrocities against democracy protesters. When actually it's another Sunni-Shiite civil war in another Sunni country with a Shiite majority. If this reminds you of Iraq, you're pretty close. Except that Bahrain is more like Dubai with its own royal family, a business culture built on its proximity to Iran, and much of the country is actually foreign workers brought in by oil revenues....
  • Iranians Head for Suez Canal

    02/18/2011 2:04:14 PM PST · by jerusalemjudy · 10 replies
    The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs ^ | February 18, 2011 | Dr. Dore Gold
    Iran has been seeking to establish that it is the hegemonial power in the Middle East. Its Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, gave an interview to the Iranian daily Ressalat on July 7, 1991, and asked a rhetorical question: "Do we look to preserve the integrity of our land, or to we look to its expansion?" He then answered his own question: "We must definitely look to expansion.” And indeed, in the years that followed, Iranian forces have been involved in regional subversion from Lebanon to Saudi Arabia and most recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. Khamenei's spokesman, Hossein Shariatmadari, wrote...
  • BREAKING NEWS: State media say Egypt has agreed to let 2 Iran navy ships through Suez Canal

    02/18/2011 9:00:10 AM PST · by Hawk720 · 134 replies
    MSNBC ^ | February 18, 2011 | MSNBC
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  • Iran: Warships to pass through Suez (Canceled? Maybe, maybe not)

    02/17/2011 5:04:52 PM PST · by Islander7 · 6 replies
    Ynet ^ | Feb 17, 2011 | Reuters
    The Suez Canal has been told that plans by two Iranian naval ships to cross the waterway were cancelled, an official said on Thursday, removing a potential policy headache for Egypt's new army rulers. But the Iranian state television said that Egyptian authorities saw "nothing wrong" with the warships passage through the canal.
  • Iran: Arrangement with Egypt will Allow Warships Through Suez

    02/17/2011 12:27:27 PM PST · by rightistight · 19 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/17/11 | Aurelius
    Yesterday, news broke that Iran would be trying to send two warships through the Suez Canal, both marking their increased ability to move with the fall of the Mubarak presidency and in order to show Israel just how close their navy can get. Early reports today stated that Egypt would not let the ships past and, therefore, the movement was canceled. Now new reports from Iran's Press TV state that not only will Iran still be trying to send their warships through the Suez Canal, but that they are working with "Egyptian officials" to make it happen. Talking about the...
  • Egypt military rulers face Iran warship passage

    02/16/2011 1:28:19 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/16/11 | Marwa Awad & Shaimaa Fayed
    Cairo - Egypt's new military rulers faced their first unwelcome diplomatic exposure on Wednesday as Israel reported that two Iranian warships were approaching the Suez Canal to pass through for the first time since 1979. (Snip) "For warships to pass through the canal, approval from the ministry of defense and the ministry of foreign affairs is needed and this applies to all warships owned by any country," a Canal official told Reuters. No notice had been given so far. Neil Partrick, an independent UK-based Middle East expert, said he presumed Iran decided on the ships' mission before Egypt was engulfed
  • Israel Warns It Might Act on Iranian Warships Passing Through Suez Canal

    02/16/2011 10:14:07 AM PST · by jhpigott · 109 replies
    Israel is monitoring two Iranian warships about to pass through the Suez Canal for Syria and warn they might act. Israeli's Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman says that "Israel cannot ignore these provocations," according to ynetnews.com. "Unfortunately, the international community is not ready to deal with Iran's repeated provocations," Lieberman said, according to the Jerusalem Post. Lieberman added that the warships was "a provocation that proves Iran's nerve and self-esteem is growing from day to day." Iran announced plans to deploy warships near Israel and dock at a Syrian port for a year, IsraelNationalNews.com reports. A senior Israeli official tells the...
  • Israel says Iran warships to transit Suez for Syria

    02/16/2011 9:01:41 AM PST · by 444Flyer · 24 replies
    Yahoo.com ^ | 2-16-11 | staff
    JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Two Iranian warships planned to sail through the Suez canal en route to Syria on Wednesday, Israel's foreign minister said, calling the move the latest "provocation" by Tehran and hinting at an Israeli response. Israel sees a major threat in Iran's nuclear programme and calls for its elimination, but the countries' geographical distance has kept them from open confrontation. Syria is one of Israel's neighboring foes and an ally of Tehran.
  • Report: Iran Warships Headed To Suez Canal

    02/16/2011 9:02:39 AM PST · by EBH · 50 replies
    My Fox NY ^ | 2/16/11
    NewsCore - JERUSALEM -- Iran is sending two warships into the Mediterranean Sea, Israel's foreign minister said Wednesday, calling the act a "provocation" the Jewish state could not ignore for long.
  • There Are Report Of Iranian Warships In The Suez Canal, And Oil Just Spiked

    02/16/2011 9:00:02 AM PST · by blam · 57 replies
    The Business Insider ^ | 2-16-2011 | Joe Weisenthal
    There Are Report Of Iranian Warships In The Suez Canal, And Oil Just Spiked Joe Weisenthal Feb. 16, 2011, 11:35 AM Something to watch. There are headlines going around that there are Iranian warships in the Suez Canal (viz ZeroHedge). Apparently the warships are headed for Syria, and Israel has even hinted at retaliation. Oil just shot straight up.[snip]
  • Here We Go: Suez Canal Workers Go On Strike

    02/08/2011 9:25:40 AM PST · by FromLori · 37 replies
    ZeroHedge ^ | 2/8/2011 | Tyler Durden
    And here we go: Suez Canal Company workers from the cities of Suez, Port Said, and Ismailia began an open-ended sit in today. Disruptions to shipping movements, as well as disasterous econmic losses, are expected if the strike continues. Over 6000 protesters have agreed that they will not go home today once their shift is over and will continue their in front of the company's headquarters until their demands are met. They are protesting against poor wages and deteriorating health and working conditions.
  • Egypt planning $1 bln tunnel under Suez Canal

    07/12/2010 11:06:07 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, July 12, 2010 | ???
    CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt plans to build a $1 billion tunnel under the Suez Canal at Port Said and will begin seeking finance as soon as the designs are completed, Al-Akhbar newspaper on Monday quoted the investment minister as saying. The tunnel, to be built 19 km (12 miles) south of the Canal's northern entrance, will have 3 passageways, one for rail and two for cars, the newspaper quoted Mahmoud Mohieldin as telling a conference in Dahab in the eastern Sinai Peninsula. The conference was called to discuss investment in the cities along the canal and in the Sinai, which...
  • Tribes Threaten to Attack Suez Canal if Mubarak Does Not Step Down

    01/29/2011 3:33:57 PM PST · by therightliveswithus · 94 replies
    Bedouin tribesman have reportedly taken control of two towns in the Sinai Peninsula. These two towns are the closest to the Gaza Strip and right next to the border with Israel. There were reports yesterday that Bedouin tribes had besieged a police station in Suez and it appears that these riots have spread. This would effectively end the Mubarak dictatorship’s control of the region. There are no reports of the Egyptian military stepping in here. The more disturbing news is a threat that has been made by the tribes if Mubarak does not step down. According to one report coming...
  • Protesters in Suez storm main police station

    01/28/2011 6:26:47 PM PST · by FromLori · 11 replies
    World Wires ^ | 1/28/2011 | HANNAH ALLAM
    Thousands of Egyptian protesters stormed the main police station Friday in the port city of Suez, overwhelming security authorities and raising an even bigger challenge to the embattled regime of President Hosni Mubarak. The protesters freed prisoners from the city jail and destroyed armored police vehicles, then sacked the building and looted its contents. The demonstrators emerged from Friday prayers at mosques in Suez and confronted police officers outside the station. Police fired at the demonstrators, who then surged forward to take over the station. The protesters dragged fleeing riot officers off their motorbikes and seized their batons and equipment....
  • Mubarak orders army to back police against unrest (Tanks open fire @ Suez Canal?)

    01/28/2011 8:58:47 AM PST · by Libloather · 30 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 1/29/11 | Shaimaa Fayed and Yasmine Saleh
    Mubarak orders army to back police against unrestShaimaa Fayed and Yasmine Saleh, Reuters January 29, 2011, 3:16 am CAIRO (Reuters) - President Hosni Mubarak imposed a curfew and ordered troops to back up police as they struggled to control crowds who flooded the streets of Cairo and other Egyptian cities on Friday to demand that he step down. In unrest never before seen during Mubarak's 30 year-rule, police and demonstrators fought running street battles. Dozens of people were wounded as security forces fired rubber bullets, tear gas and water cannon at the crowds and baton charged them. The protesters hurled...
  • Israelis warn of Eritrea flashpoint

    04/19/2009 12:09:07 AM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies · 506+ views
    The Times ^ | 4/19/2009 | Uzi Mahnaimi, Tel Aviv
    Security sources say Israel and Iran are conducting rival intelligence operations in Eritrea, the poor African state on the Red Sea. The Israelis fear Eritrea could be a flashpoint if Iranian Revolutionary Guards continue to ship arms to militants in Gaza via the Eritrean port of Assab. Israel is said to have two Eritrean bases, one a “listening post” for signals intelligence, the other a supply base for its German-built submarines. In Sudan in February, Israeli drones thought to be based in Eritrea attacked an arms convoy bound for Hamas militants in Gaza, and several Revolutionary Guards escorting the convoy...
  • Iran Deploys Troops, Ballistic Missiles To Eritrea

    12/09/2008 10:40:57 AM PST · by Fennie · 65 replies · 3,323+ views
    The Cutting Edge ^ | December 8, 2008
    Iranian ships and submarines have deployed an undisclosed number of Iranian troops and weapons at the Eritrean port town of Assab, according to opposition groups, foreign diplomats, and NGOs in the area. The city of Assab sits at the Horn of Africa in the Arabian Sea. As such, Assab offers a strategic position as the world nervously eyes the precarious routes through which a seaborne oil traverses daily. Local sources have reported that Iran recently sent soldiers and a large number of long-range and ballistic missiles. The military basing came after Iran signed an accord with Eritrea to revamp the...
  • Muslim Brotherhood: ‘Prepare Egyptians for war with Israel'

    02/01/2011 8:13:24 AM PST · by Lessthantolerant · 22 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 01 Feb 11 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt told the Arabic-language Iranian news network Al-Alam on Monday that he would like to see the Egyptian people prepare for war against Israel, according to the Hebrew-language business newspaper Calcalist. Muhammad Ghannem reportedly told Al- Alam that the Suez Canal should be closed immediately, and that the flow of gas from Egypt to Israel should cease “in order to bring about the downfall of the Mubarak regime.” He added that “the people should be prepared for war against Israel,” saying the world should understand that “the Egyptian people are prepared for...
  • Muslim Brotherhood: ‘Prepare Egyptians for war with Israel'

    02/01/2011 5:46:56 AM PST · by RobertClark · 53 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/01/2011 | YAAKOV LAPPIN
    A leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt told the Arabic-language Iranian news network Al-Alam on Monday that he would like to see the Egyptian people prepare for war against Israel, according to the Hebrew-language business newspaper Calcalist. Muhammad Ghannem reportedly told Al- Alam that the Suez Canal should be closed immediately, and that the flow of gas from Egypt to Israel should cease “in order to bring about the downfall of the Mubarak regime.” He added that “the people should be prepared for war against Israel,” saying the world should understand that “the Egyptian people are prepared for...