Tag Archives: Russia

Re-blog: Joshua Landis on Syria

As news has emerged that Russia is helping Syrian Kurdish YPG forces to establish a military base in northern, and despite a Russian denial, I find this post by Joshua Landis important to read. Many may disagree with him; still … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016/2017 ( Dec 26- January 1)

Top Headlines Egypt’s government approves deal to hand two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia An Egyptian appeal court backs government in Red Sea islands dispute Prominent journalist Ibrahim Eissa terminates TV show after threats, legal complaints Egypt’s army destroys … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 41 ( Oct 10-16)

Top Headline 12 Egyptian conscripts were killed in an Isis attack on security checkpoint in central Sinai Egypt launches ‘revenge’ airstrikes on ISIS in Sinai Russian paratroopers arrive in Egypt for “Friendship Defenders’ drills In an unprecedented move: Egypt’s Cairo … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2016 – Week 36 ( Sept 5-11)

Top Headlines Egyptian police ‘investigated’ Giulio Regeni days before his murder Egypt names six provincial governors, mostly ex-generals A newly-established militant group published a video of footage from a an attack against a security checkpoint in Menoufiya governorate Court orders … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 48 (Nov 21- 27)

Top Headlines IS militants claim hotel attack that killed seven in Sinai. (Tuesday) Egypt to buy advanced weapons from Moscow. (Wednesday) Pope Tawadros II breaks with predecessor’s ban, flies to Jerusalem for bishop’s funeral. (Thursday) Egypt cancels reservations on the … Continue reading

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Short Comments: Egypt’s muted crisis management

Less than 24 hours after Russia’s security chief announced that traces of foreign explosives were found in the debris from the Airbus plan that crashed in Egypt’s Sinai, the terror group Islamic State released a photo of a Schweppes drink … Continue reading

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ISIS, Russia, and Egypt

What really happened to Russian Metrojet Flight 9268 over Sinai a few days ago? Forget it. The fatal crash does not matter any more. Regardless of what truly did or did not happen to the Russian plane, the prevailing theory … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak 2015 – Week 35 ( Aug 24 -30)

Top Headlines El-Sisi visits Russia (Tuesday) Arab League postpones issuance of “unified military force” protocol (Wednesday) Egypt sentences Al-Jazeera English journalists to 3 years in prison (Saturday) Egypt summons UK ambassador over criticism of Al-Jazeera trial (Sunday) Egypt to hold … Continue reading

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Egyptian Aak. Week 46 (Nov 11-17)

Main headlines  Monday Egypt to adopt a French political system: Salmawy Appeal court has extended the detention of deposed president Morsi over jailbreak Egypt, and Russia to discuss political and military cooperation Pro-Sisi campaign wants army support on Mohamed Mahmoud anniversary … Continue reading

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Three reasons for the Egypt-Russia rapprochement

Initially published in  AL-Monitor CAIRO — In May 1958, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser started an 18-day state visit to Russia, a visit that officially marked a recalibration of Egyptian foreign policy away from the Western sphere, and toward the Soviet camp. Fifty-five … Continue reading

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