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UK Resumes Flights From Sharm el-Sheikh But Adds Security at Airport

Friday, November 6th, 2015

Britain has decided to allow flights to resume from the Egyptian resort of Sharm el-Sheikh as the probe into Saturday’s crash of a Russian MetroJet continues.

At present there are 20,000 UK citizens stranded in the area, most of them tourists.

The UK prime minister’s office had suspended flights after the Russian airliner apparently exploded above the Sinai Peninsula while en route to St. Petersburg from Sharm el-Sheikh.

According to the latest intelligence, Da’esh (ISIS) may indeed have succeeded in planting a barometric pressure bomb aboard the aircraft prior to its departure from the airport.

“Following further discussions with the airlines and the Egyptians, we have agreed on a package of additional security measures that is being put in place rapidly,” Prime Minister David Cameron’s office said in a statement. “Consequently the government has decided, in consultation with the airlines that flights from Sharm to the UK will resume tomorrow.”

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi met with Cameron at his office in London on Thursday.

Cameron told journalists that “more likely than not” it was a terrorist bomb that brought down the aircraft – a view shared by UK and U.S. intelligence personnel, as well as other intelligence operatives in the Middle East.

“I think there is a possibility that there was a bomb on board,” agreed President Barack Obama in a radio interview late Thursday, “and we’re taking that very seriously.”

The UK has sent extra security personnel to the airport in Sharm el-Sheikh to carry out special measures.

Checked bags are being sent back to the UK separately, passengers are being body-searched and carry-on luggage only is being allowed on all return flights. Investigators are checking for explosive residue, as are the bodies of the victims of the doomed flight.

Bomb May Have Blown Up Russian Airbus Flight over Sinai

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Egyptian officials suspect that terrorists planted a bomb onboard the Russian Airbus A321 that crashed on Saturday over the Sinai Peninsula, killing all 224 crew and passengers.

All authorities have rejected Islamic State (ISIS) claims that it shot down the plane, but the fact that it is rare for an airplane to disintegrate shortly after taking off from before takeoff from Sharm el-Sheikh airport makes the bomb theory more probable.

Russian aviation official Viktor Sorochenko, who inspected the crash site, told Russian media that that the flight “broke up in the air,” which explains why debris was found over 12 square miles.

Bloomberg News reported that said Steve Wallace, former chief of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s crash investigation division, said that it’s very rare with a modern airplane.

However, in 2001, the rear of the 18-year-old aircraft scraped along the tarmac and sustained extensive damage, although the plane was repaired.

The wife of co-pilot of the St, Petersburg-bound plane told Russian television that her husband had complained about the condition of the plane.

Authorities have recovered the black box from the ill-fated plane, but it will take several days before they conclude their investigation.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi said Sunday evening that he no one can say whether a technical failure or terrorists caused the crash until an “extensive and complicated technical study” is completed.

Former Israeli national security adviser and IDF Intelligence Chief Yaakov Amidror said “other scenarios also have to be considered, especially the possibility that the plane was sabotaged at the airport before taking off.”

Yves Trotignon, a former French intelligence agent, told Le Parisien:

The [Russian’ statement [that the plane fell apart in mid-air] does not say they shot it {ISIS] down, but that they destroyed it. You could imagine explosives on board, or sabotage.

US Raises Protection for Its Sinai Multinational Peacekeeper Forces

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

The U.S. is sending more troops and equipment to beef up support for U.S. peacekeepers in the northern Sinai Peninsula, defense officials said Wednesday.

The move comes after four U.S. soldiers and two Fiji soldiers were wounded when their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb during a routine patrol near the town of el-Gorah, close to their base.

Attacks on Egyptian government security forces and multinational peacekeepers increased after the Sinai-based Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis terror organization pledged itself to Da’esh (ISIS) a number of months ago. Upon its absorption into the larger, international terror organization, the group — which supports the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood in its desire to overthrow the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi — was renamed “Sinai Province.”

At least 75 additional U.S. troops, including a light infantry platoon and a surgical team are expected to arrive in the area, according to the Associated Press.

Surveillance equipment and other assets will accompany the new troops joining the Multinational Force and Observers, defense officials said on condition of anonymity.

There are approximately720 U.S. soldiers participating in the force, which monitors compliance with the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt.

Egypt Establishes Anti-Terror Criminal Justice System

Monday, August 17th, 2015

The Egyptian government is creating an entire wraparound system to deal with terrorism from the grassroots level, to the courts.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi approved on Sunday a new anti-terrorism law to set up special courts to deal with terror crimes. The law also lists sentences for the various crimes, ranging from a minimum of five years, up to and including the death penalty.

Conviction on charges of forming or leading a “terrorist entity” under the new law will be punishable by life in prison or death. Membership in a “terrorist entity” will carry a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

Being pronounced guilty on charges of financing a “terrorist group” will also be punished with life in prison – a sentence similar to that in the United States, which carries a minimum of 25 years of incarceration.

Incitement to violence – which in Egypt includes “promoting ideas that call for violence” – will be punishable by a penalty of five to seven years in prison. Such incitement can also include creation or use of a website to carry such ideas, according to the new law.

In addition, the legislation provides protection in connection for those “performing their duties” while enforcing the law. Security personnel have been at the forefront of the battle against the terrorist groups attempting to topple el-Sisi’s government in the past two years.

The changes were made against the backdrop of an escalating war on terror that has become increasingly vicious after a car bombing that took the life of the nation’s attorney general and chief public prosecutor in July.

Egyptian security forces have been faced with an ongoing war with terrorist entities operating in the Sinai Peninsula such as the Da’esh (ISIS)-linked Sinai Province organization (formerly Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis), the Muslim Brotherhood-backed Hamas terrorists who are also providing support to Sinai Province, and the Iranian sponsored Palestinian Islamic Jihad and Hezbollah terrorist organizations.

Israeli Dentist Mends Peacekeeping Canine

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

“Dano” was wounded in action. The Multinational Force turned to a Hebrew University veterinarian.

A Hebrew University veterinarian has saved Dano, a 7-year-old Malinois (short-haired Belgian Shepherd Dog), whose military service includes two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, where his responsibilities included explosives detection.

While serving in Afghanistan, Dano was wounded in action, fracturing his left upper canine tooth, known as fang to those who have been bitten.

The tooth was treated by a root canal therapy and filling, and Dano was re-assigned to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in the Sinai, whose peacekeeping responsibilities received a mandate from Egypt and Israel to supervise the implementation of the military Annex to their 1979 Peace Treaty.

Several weeks ago, trouble struck again for Dano, who re-fractured his tooth while on duty. Suffering from an exposed nerve, Dano needed immediate attention, but the medical care he needed was not available at his camp.

The MFO recently established contact with the Veterinary Teaching Hospital (VTH), where students of the Hebrew University’s Koret School of Veterinary Medicine receive their clinical training. It is the only hospital in Israel with modern facilities and equipment staffed by more than 45 veterinarians and a comprehensive range of internationally and nationally recognized specialists.

Along with a doctor, veterinarian and dog handler, Dano traveled from the Sinai Peninsula to the VTH and he met Dr. Yoav Bar-Am, the only board certified veterinary dentist and oral surgeon in Israel.

Dr. Bar-Am put the bite back in this K-9.

After Dano received general anesthesia, his dental radiographs and mouth were carefully evaluated. Dr. Bar-Am found that although Dano’s tooth had fractured and the filling was lost, the previous root canal remained intact. So Dr. Bar-Am re-shaped the contour of the tooth, smoothed the sharp edges of the fracture line, and prepared and placed a composite filling that matched the tooth’s natural color.

Dr. Bar-Am, who has operated on U.S. and Israeli working dogs in both the United States and Israel, said that “for a working dog, we attempt to do heroic things to save the tooth so they can continue to go about their jobs,”

Thanks to the treatment he received, Dano and his Peacekeeping team were able to go home the same day and return to full duty.

“This is the first time Dano has been medevac’d,” said Staff Sgt. John Breyer, military working dog handler who has been paired with Dano for four years. “The standard for these dogs is to have a high level of care.”

ISIS-Linked Sinai Terrorists Attempt to Drag Israel Into War With Rocket Fire

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Sinai terrorists — already engaged in battle with Egypt — expanded their range of attack on Friday to include southern Israel. At least one, possibly two rockets were launched in the direction of the Eshkol Regional Council district at about 4:30 pm local time.

The rocket fire followed two intense days of clashes between Da’esh (ISIS)-linked “Sinai Province” terrorists and top Egyptian security personnel from the army and police. The Gaza-based Hamas terror organization, spawned originally by the outlawed Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, was also found to have been helping Sinai Province in their battle, according to the IDF.

The jihadists ambushed the Egyptian forces in 15 separate locations on Wednesday using advanced weaponry, much of which appeared to have been produced by Russia. An Egyptian government spokesperson said more than 100 terrorists were killed in the battle, which continued into Thursday.

The IDF went to high alert along the southern border in the wake of the clashes. Highway 12, which traverses the southern Negev to Eilat, was officially closed to civilian traffic at 5 am Friday until further notice. “The highway was closed temporarily in line with the situation assessments, out of security considerations and the obligation to protect the citizens of Israel,” and IDF spokesperson said on Friday.

Israeli officials confirmed that one of the rockets fired on Friday landed in an open area in the district close to what was the Israeli-Egyptian border. IDF officials believe the rocket was fired from the Sinai Peninsula due to its proximity to the border.

Residents of Jewish communities near the Israel-Egypt border had a window of barely 15 seconds in which to race for shelter, courtesy of the Code Red rocket alert siren. The residents are maintaining their awareness for the duration, knowing they may once again need to make a run for their safe spaces over the Sabbath at any time.

Report: Hamas Helped ISIS-Sinai Terrorists Wage War Against Egypt

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization — which was spawned by Egypt’s outlawed Muslim Brotherhood — apparently played a role in helping the Sinai terrorists who waged war against Egypt’s security forces Wednesday.

IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Yoav Mordechai issued a statement Thursday saying there is evidence that Hamas was involved in supporting the terrorists who ambushed Egyptian soldiers and police in 15 separate attacks.

As the dawn broke on Thursday, Egyptian security personnel continued the battle, killing 23 radical Islamist fighters just south of the northern Sinai town of Rafah, home to the Gaza border crossing.

Throughout the day soldiers have conducted a house-to-house search in the Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, hunting for terrorists. They have also been locating and de-mining the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and land mines used by the terrorists to booby-trap the roads in and around the town.

Air strikes continued throughout the afternoon as the army continues to target terrorists in the region.

A stockpile of sophisticated Russian-manufactured weapons are being used by the ISIS-linked terrorists. Egyptian soldiers told media the guerrilla fighters were using Kornet anti-tank missiles as well as mortars, anti-aircraft guns and other guided missiles, according to the el-Watan daily newspaper.

At least 64 Egyptian soldiers and 100 terrorists were killed in Wednesday’s battles, which included a number of suicide bombings and attacks on Egyptian army bases.

In photographs on the front pages of the Egyptian newspapers, the terrorists were wearing combat fatigues. Coverage by many media outlets described the day’s conflicts as an outright “war.”

By Wednesday night, Israel had also decided to increase its military coverage along the border as well.

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