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Egypt Sending 2,000 officers into the Sinai, Well Above Treaty Limits, to Fight Rampant Terrorism

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Egyptian Maj.-Gen. Ahmad Jamal said that Egypt’s Interior Ministry decided to send 2,000 officers and soldiers from the Special Forces to the north of Sinai, in order to increase security control of the area.

Jamal added that his forces would also send military vehicles, including armored vehicles and weapons, in coordination with the Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

He said the ministry has already sent 150 officers and the rest will be sent soon. The main reason for sending them is to implement security plans, especially plans to protect the natural gas line.

Egyptian security sources said that Israel has agreed to adding seven army battalions in the Sinai, which exceeds the limits set in the 1979 peace treaty. The Egyptians wish to propose changes in security arrangements set out in the peace treaty, which they claim has made it impossible for them to govern the northern Sinai, because of restrictions on their military operations.

An explosion hit the pipeline carrying gas to Israel and Jordan on Monday, for the 14th time since the uprising against Hosni Mubarak. The Egyptian government’s authority in Sinai has collapsed since the fall of Mubarak in February, 2011. No group has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The pipeline has been shut down since another explosion hit it on Feb. 5. Al Ahram reported that Egypt’s 20-year gas deal with Israel, signed in the Mubarak era, is unpopular with some Egyptians, and its critics are accusing Israel of not paying enough for the fuel.

Last week, the IDF’s Head of the Military Intelligence Directorate, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi, said that “Over ten terror infrastructure in Sinai were revealed and dismantled over the past few months.”

According to the Palestinian news agency Ma’an, four armed men robbed a fuel truck belonging to international peacekeeping forces in the Sinai on Monday.

An Egyptian security officer told Ma’an that gunmen stopped the truck in Sheikh Zuweid, a few kilometers from Gaza, and stole 50,000 liters (12,500 gallons) of fuel.

They stole the fuel in order to smuggle it into the Gaza Strip, the official said.

Egyptian Gas Pipeline to Israel Blown Up Yet Again

Monday, April 9th, 2012

The Egyptian pipeline carrying gas to Israel and Jordan was hit by an explosion on Monday for 14th time since last spring’s uprising against President Hosni Mubarak began.

Reuters reports that the blast took place in the northern Sinai, at the town of El-Arish. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The pipeline has been shut down on February 5 after an earlier explosion.

Syrian Forces Renew Attack on Hama, Homs

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

According to rebel forces, Syrian government  forces launched an offensive on the city of Hama early Wednesday, targetting residential neighborhoods from armored vehicles and mobile anti-aircraft guns.

The Syrian military also shelled Sunni Muslim neighborhoods in Homs, marking the 13th day of bombardment of what has been the core of the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad.

According to witnesses, an explosion blew up a major oil pipeline near a refinery in Homs, and a large plume of smoke rose to the sky. It is highly likely that the blast was caused by government troops’ shelling.

UN Chief to Assad: ‘Stop Killing Your People’

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

“Stop the violence. Stop killing your people,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon said in a message to Syrian President Bashar Assad, whose troops have killed more than 5,000 people during a 10-month-old uprising.

“One-man rule and the perpetuation of family dynasties, monopolies of wealth and power, the silencing of the media, the deprivation of fundamental freedoms that are the birthright of every man, woman and child on this planet — to all of this, the people say: Enough!” Moon said at the end of a three-day tour of Lebanon.

Assad, who claims the protests and skirmishes with Army deserters that threaten his government are acts of “terror” sponsored by foreign enemies, issued an offer of amnesty on Sunday for protesters, those carrying illegal weapons, and deserters who turn themselves in by the end of January.

The death toll in the crisis has only risen since the Arab League sent an observer mission to Syria at the end of December – spurring the emir of Qatar to suggest in an interview with American TV news show “60 Minutes” that Arab troops be sent to Syria to stop the deadly crackdown.

The Arab League, stung by scathing critiques of the observer mission by members who have left it in disgust, announced that it would reevaluate the mission at the end of the month.

Syrian President Grants General Amnesty

Sunday, January 15th, 2012

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, in another bid to quiet the unrest that has swept the country, issued a decree granting “general amnesty for crimes committed during the events between March 15, 2011 and January 15, 2012,” according to the official SANA news agency.

No further details were provided.

The popular uprising and the Assad regime’s ruthless crackdown in response has further isolated Assad internationally and in the Arab world.

Explosions Hit Syrian Security Bases

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Two large explosions rocked Syria’s capital of Damascus Friday morning.

The explosions occurred in the Kfar Sousa district of Damascus and reportedly hit two State security bases.

The bombs were delivered by car bomb, and possibly using suicide bombers.

The Syrian regime claimed it was the work of Al Qaida.

Since the uprising against the Assad regime began, thousands of people are reported to have been killed, including hundreds of children, with hundreds other people tortured.

Explosion in Damascus

Soldiers Defecting En Masse in Syria

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Syrian President Bashar Assad’s popularity continues to slide, with at least 10,000 soldiers in the army defecting.

Army loyalists have been ordered to hunt down deserters, with a major battle between Assad’s forces and opposition forces taking place in Idlib on Tuesday.  Though Western intelligence organizations say Syrian military leaders remain loyal to Assad, lower-level officers and entire units are going AWOL in large numbers.  The army is considered the most crucial component in protecting Assad’s regime.

Demonstrations against Assad’s military rule and in favor of democracy have been met by a massive and violent government crackdown.  On Tuesday, at least 150 people were killed in battles between Assad’s army and the opposition, with 100 more on Monday, bringing the total death toll to approximately 5,350 since the uprising began in March.  Tuesday’s battle is being touted as the bloodiest day yet, raising fears that a civil war is close at hand.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has stated that he believes Assad’s regime will fall within a matter of weeks, and that regardless of who would succeed him, it would be a major blow to the Iran-Hizbullah alliance.

However, a concern remains that the army’s huge rocket and missile hoard could fall into the hands of terror groups.  In the 2006 Second Lebanon War, Hizbullah fired over 4,000 rockets into Israel.

A letter submitted to US President Barack Obama by 50 US experts on Syria, Middle East policy and strategy beseeches him to take a more active role in affecting the Syrian situation.  Top national security officials, academics, Syrian, Egyptian, and Lebanese activists and ex-patriots are calling on President Obama to toughen sanctions against Assad’s Syria, and to provide more assistance to the opposition, as well as partnering with Middle Eastern countries sympathetic to the opposition – such as Turkey – to provide harbor for Syrian refugees.  An estimated 20,000 people have fled the country in the last 9 months, primarily to Turkey, with some going to Lebanon, Libya, and Jordan.

Earlier this week, Assad agreed to allow monitors into Syria at the insistence of the Arab League.

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