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Special to By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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Egypt forces kill fugitive Ansar commander

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has reported the killing of a leading Islamic insurgent. The Interior Ministry said Egyptian security forces killed a senior commander of Ansar Beit Maqdis in the Nile Delta. The ministry said the commander, identified […]

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Hamas threatens Palestinian Authority with Gaza takeover

Special to GAZA CITY — Hamas has warned that it could end reconciliation with the rival Fatah movement and formally regain the Gaza Strip from the Palestinian Authority. The Islamic movement has raised the prospect that Hamas would again […]

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Despite crackdown, Hamas continues smuggling through new, longer Sinai tunnels

Egyptian troops watch destruction of tunnels between Egypt and the Gaza Strip near the town of Rafah. / AP

Special to CAIRO — Hamas has overseen a significant expansion of weapons smuggling tunnels in Egypt. Security sources said Hamas and its Palestinian militia allies have sought to smuggle weapons and fighters through enhanced tunnels from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. […]

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BP plans major investment to double Egypt’s gas reserves


Special to CAIRO — A Western energy major plans massive investment in Egypt by 2020. BP has disclosed plans to invest more than $12 billion in Egypt by the end of the decade in an effort to double natural […]

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Obama urged to release U.S. counter-insurgency funds to Egypt


Special to WASHINGTON — U.S. military aid to Egypt has nearly depleted. A leading U.S. analyst said the $1.3 billion in American military aid to Egypt was being depleted in the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. David Schenker, […]

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Qatar changes PR tactics, but not its strategy

Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, with President Obama at the White House.

Special to GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Doha and Cairo. There was speculation in late 2014 that Qatar had begun to take a new strategic line, mending relations with Egypt, and that this could also push Turkey toward improving its […]

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As Egypt seals border, Hamas diverts scarce resources to arms production

Palestinian security officer patrols border between Egypt and Gaza, in Rafah. / Ibraheem Abu Mustafa / Reuters

Special to LONDON — Hamas, under siege by Egypt and Israel, has intensified weapons development and production. Palestinian sources said the Hamas military in the Gaza Strip has diverted resources into arms development and production. They said the decision […]

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Egypt’s Sisi challenges imams with riveting speech, makes history by attending Christmas mass

President Hollande Receives Egyptian Counterpart Al-Sisi - Paris

GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Cairo. The Egyptian government has begun making major strides in rebuilding the economy, but its relations with the U.S. remain cool and cautious. Egyptian officials have made it clear that they intend to start to limit […]

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Egypt plans new city after bulldozing Rafah, expanding buffer zone with Gaza Strip

Egyptian security forces are destroying buildings in Rafah which has served as a smuggling hub for Islamic militants. / AFP

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has expressed determination to destroy Rafah, a leading stronghold of the Islamic revolt in the Sinai Peninsula. Officials said President Abdul Fatah Sisi approved preparations to eliminate Rafah, divided between Egypt and the Hamas-ruled […]

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