Egypt's Sisi: Military cooperation with Israel is at unprecedented levels

  
Via:  Krishna  •  6 months ago  •  4 comments

Egypt's Sisi: Military cooperation with Israel is at unprecedented levels
Asked if security cooperation with Israel was the closest ever between two countries which were once enemies, he answered, “That is correct... We have a wide range of cooperation with the Israelis.”

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Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi (Al-Jazeera)

Israel shares a 240-km.-long border with the restive Sinai Peninsula, and Cairo and Jerusalem have been reportedly closely cooperating in the fight against an estimated 1,000 ISIS terrorists in the region since Sisi rose to power.

Northern Sinai, a mountainous desert between the Suez Canal and Israel, has been a refuge for Islamist terrorists, with the peninsula’s main jihadist group, Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, carrying out several attacks – some deadly – against IDF troops patrolling the border.
Following Sisi’s rise to power, the group – which pledged allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and the Islamic State in 2014 – began a wave of deadly attacks against Egyptian security forces in the Sinai.

Sisi began waging military operations against the jihadists, and while the terrorist group has lost much of its strength, it remains active and continues to carry out deadly attacks.

In February 2017, following a massacre of 305 worshipers at al-Rawda mosque in the northern Sinai city of Bir el-Abd, a senior Israeli defense official stated that the “relationship between Israel and Egypt is ongoing.

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Krishna
1  seeder  Krishna    6 months ago

According to foreign reports, the militaries of the two countries meet regularly to exchange intelligence in the fight against ISIS, and Cairo has given the green light to Jerusalem to strike the terrorists by air.

 
 
 
Krishna
2  seeder  Krishna    6 months ago

In February, The New York Times reported that for more than two years Israel had been carrying out a full-blown covert aerial campaign against ISIS terrorists in the Sinai, conducting some 100 airstrikes by unmarked drones, helicopters and jets, with Sisi’s approval.

 
 
 
Enoch
3  Enoch    6 months ago

Dear Friend Krishna: Imagine that.

Two otherwise non allies cooperating rather than conflicting along a common border.

Is there a lesson for us in the good ole USA here?

Enoch, Making A Run For the Border.

P.S. Happy and Healthy 2019 to You and Yours. 

E.

 
 
 
Kavika
4  Kavika     6 months ago

Good to see them cooperating against a common enemy.

 
 
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