Egyptian officials: We partnered with Israel on a drone strike against Islamists in the Sinai

posted at 2:11 pm on August 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Needless to say, the AP’s two senior sources in the Egyptian military are remaining anonymous, but it wouldn’t have taken long to make the connection anyway.  After Israel briefly shut down its airport in the resort town of Eilat yesterday, two explosions rocked the northern Sinai region of el-Agra, killing suspected Islamist terrorists and destroying a rocket launcher.  The tip on the terror threat apparently came from the government in Cairo, which helped coordinate the strike with Israel:

An Israeli drone strike inside Egypt killed five suspected Islamic militants and destroyed a rocket launcher Friday, two senior Egyptian security officials said, marking an incredibly rare Israeli operation carried out in its Arab neighbor’s territory.

The strike, coming after a warning from Egypt caused Israel to briefly close an airport Thursday, potentially signals a significant new level of cooperation between the two former foes over security matters in the largely lawless Sinai Peninsula after a military coup ousted Egypt’s president. Egypt long has maintained that it wouldn’t allow other countries to use its territories as hotbed to launch attacks against other countries.

Residents heard a large explosion Friday in el-Agra, an area in the northern region of the Sinai close to Egypt’s border with Israel. The officials said the Israeli attack was in cooperation with Egyptian authorities. …

A statement later posted on the official Facebook page of Col. Ahmed Mohammed Ali, an Egyptian military spokesman, said there had been two explosions in el-Agra, south of Rafah, and that security forces were investigating. Egypt’s official MENA news agency said an explosion destroyed a rocket launcher set near the border to launch attacks against Israel. The agency said at least five jihadis were killed.

Israel declined to confirm the report to the AP, probably sensitive to the domestic political implications for military leader General Abdel Fatah al-Sissi and his nascent interim government.  It wouldn’t have been a secret for long, anyway, especially if the government in Cairo offered no protest over the strike.  It’s no secret that Cairo has tried to get the Sinai under control and suppress the Islamist terrorists there; even Mohamed Morsi expressed a desire for security and cooperated with Israel on border issues, reluctantly or otherwise.

There is a big difference between that and allowing the IDF to hit Egyptian targets, however. With al-Sissi almost at war with the Islamists in Cairo and other areas of the nation, this provides just another provocation that will likely solidify Islamist opposition to the military coup, and fuel some of the conspiracy theories that posit Morsi’s fall as a Jewish plot (or a Coptic plot, or both).  The threat must have been pretty serious if al-Sissi risked the kind of backlash this might produce — and at least according the AP and its sources, the group planned on attacking the Suez Canal after its rocket attacks against Israel.  Given the precarious nature of the Egyptian economy and its central role in the unrest that unseated the Muslim Brotherhood, that would probably be enough to make al-Sissi reach out to the IDF.

Still, that’s a pretty mind-blowing thing to admit, even anonymously.  We’ll see whether it has any effect on the unrest still gathering in the streets of Cairo.


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John McCain hardest hit.

rbj on August 9, 2013 at 2:16 PM

And we back the MB…and AQ…

PatriotRider on August 9, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Morsi will win re-election…guaranteed!

Deano1952 on August 9, 2013 at 2:16 PM

So maybe the terror alerts we’ve been seeing were preemptive, with foreknowledge of this strike in mind?

kcewa on August 9, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Time for another speech in Cairo…

PatriotRider on August 9, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Pretty soon Israel and Eqypt will be partnering with Russia…

PatriotRider on August 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM

Not over, and anti-Americanism is on the rise.

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Still, that’s a pretty mind-blowing thing to admit, even anonymously. We’ll see whether it has any effect on the unrest still gathering in the streets of Cairo.

Of course…if elections w/b held soon, Morsi would win.

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2013 at 2:22 PM

The real story is that Israel partnered with Egypt, and not the US. That says something right there.

The totally awesome part is the Rat Eared Bastard doesn’t know this has happened yet.

“I haven’t seen the NYT yet, so I’m not aware of any of the details”

BobMbx on August 9, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Of course…if elections w/b held soon, Morsi would win.

Schadenfreude on August 9, 2013 at 2:22 PM

As sure as the citizens of Detroit will keep electing corrupt democrats to run ruin their city.

heretic on August 9, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Egypt’s military sending a message to the world.

MarkT on August 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM

But, but, but, elections! Free the Muslim Brotherhood!’

- Senators McCain and Graham

Resist We Much on August 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Zionist conspirators!

claudius on August 9, 2013 at 2:34 PM

Enemy of my enemy is my… Zionist?

John the Libertarian on August 9, 2013 at 2:37 PM

military leader General Abdel Fatah al-Sissi

As opposed to arbitrary follower complainer-in-chief Barack Obama a-Sissy.

The Rogue Tomato on August 9, 2013 at 2:39 PM

So people in the Egyptian army wear trucker hats has part of their uniform?

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 9, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Egyptian officials: We partnered with Israel on a drone strike against Islamists in the Sinai

Oh man, Obama has to be pissed!!! He thinks he is King of the Drones…..
So were the terror alerts to warn the Islamists????

redguy on August 9, 2013 at 2:47 PM

Somebody needs to show that guy in the pic how to put a respectable curve in the bill of his cap though.

44Magnum on August 9, 2013 at 2:48 PM

So people in the Egyptian army wear trucker hats has part of their uniform?

DethMetalCookieMonst on August 9, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Kepi

sharrukin on August 9, 2013 at 2:52 PM

Somebody needs to show that guy in the pic how to put a respectable curve in the bill of his cap though.

44Magnum on August 9, 2013 at 2:48 PM

The style, especially among the hip-hop crowd, is to keep the bill straight. And if you really want to be cool and with the times you wear a hoodie over it.

HiJack on August 9, 2013 at 2:54 PM

“Egyptian officials: We partnered with Israel on a drone strike against Islamists in the Sinai”

…yet another reason the OBOZO regime will continue to fight for the resurrection of it’s anti-Israel, islamofascist pals in the Muslim Brotherhood – with help from the despicable Dumb and Dumber twins AMNESTY-JUAN McRINO and lindsey grahamnesty.

TeaPartyNation on August 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Bibi has better friends in the Egyptian army than in the White House. Meanwhile Barry O was enjoying the most beautiful sound he’s ever heard–the Muslim call to prayer.

How did that Arab Spring thing work out, Barry O?

Steve Z on August 9, 2013 at 3:09 PM

Somebody in the Egyptian military wised up and realized the Islamic extremists are everybody’s enemies. Whatever hatred the Egyptian military has for Israel, the military knows who to turn to when there is a job to do. This does bode well for Egyptian-Israeli relations if the military faction keeps control of the country. I can imagine more cooperation inside Egypt to help suppress the extremists. This will cause a furor, but the Egyptian military may realize who they can deal with and who they cannot.

bartbeast on August 9, 2013 at 3:15 PM

Now if Obama’s friends the Muslim Brotherhood were still in charge, they would have teamed with Islamist terrorists in Sinai to launch rocket attacks on Israel.

OxyCon on August 9, 2013 at 3:27 PM

Given the precarious nature of the Egyptian economy and its central role in the unrest that unseated the Muslim Brotherhood, that would probably be enough to make al-Sissi reach out to the IDF.

If Egypt would stop with the socialized-militarized economy, it’s economy wouldn’t be precarious and its military would be able to deal with the Islamists on its own. The funny thing about the nature of freedom is that if you don’t have the military run your economy, you have a stronger military.

thuja on August 9, 2013 at 3:28 PM

Corrected the headline:
Egyptian officials: We partnered with Israel on a drone strike against Islamists the Muslim Brotherhood (aka Taliban Islamists in Suits) in the Sinai

albill on August 9, 2013 at 3:33 PM

Don’t believe it.

KMC1 on August 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM

Don’t believe it.

KMC1 on August 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM

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Why ?

listens2glenn on August 9, 2013 at 3:39 PM

Pretty soon Israel and Eqypt will be partnering with Russia…

PatriotRider on August 9, 2013 at 2:19 PM

There is a lot to be said for having a dependable partner.

thuja on August 9, 2013 at 3:55 PM

Even Egypt knows you can’t pander to those radical Islamists. Now if somebody would just tell Obama.

rplat on August 9, 2013 at 4:03 PM

The enemy if my enemy is my friend. This is good news for Israel, in that it means the Sunni hate Shia more than they hate the Zionist entity. That is a fact that is infinitely exploitable.

smellthecoffee on August 9, 2013 at 4:10 PM

Corrected the headline:
Egyptian officials: We partnered with Israel on a drone strike against Islamists the Muslim Brotherhood (aka Taliban Islamists in Suits) in the Sinai

Exactly. People don’t realize how good Sissi is. He did what would hope a true soldier would do to protect his country in removing the Brotherhood. Now he is exercising caution by not firing on them, but is letting them know he won’t allow terrorists to operate in his country. Using an Egyptian Apache Helicopter for this sends one message, allowing a strike by Israeli precision guided munitions is another.

And the message to the Brotherhood is: Notice that red laser dot on your forehead?

Kaisersoze on August 9, 2013 at 4:36 PM

We should hope the Egyptian military hangs in there – much better than the American hating, infidel despising & Christian murdering Muslim Brotherhood.

Chessplayer on August 9, 2013 at 5:27 PM

Where can I get a hat like that?

NoDonkey on August 9, 2013 at 9:15 PM

One would almost think that the world isn’t the way Hollywood tells us in their movies propaganda. LMAO

Dr. ZhivBlago on August 10, 2013 at 8:39 AM

There is a lot to be said for having a dependable partner.

thuja on August 9, 2013 at 3:55 PM

At the absolute least, a partner that is still a shell of its former self is preferable over one that is about to fall apart in the near future. If we were to be out of the way, Russia could possibly be clear for at least a partial comeback.

MelonCollie on August 10, 2013 at 9:24 AM

If true, oh hell yes!!

trl on August 10, 2013 at 11:56 AM