Egypt, US special forces hold drills on combating terrorism

An Egyptian security officer inspect the damage caused by a terror bomb attack at a police headquarters building in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura in this 2013 file photo. Egyptian and US special forces have complete drills Thursday to exchange expertise on combating terrorism. (AP file photo)
Updated 07 September 2018
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Egypt, US special forces hold drills on combating terrorism

  • Last September, Egypt held the war games with US troops for the first time in eight years
  • On Sept. 8-20, US and Egyptian forces will hold the “Bright Star” exercise, together with Greece, Jordan, Britain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Italy and France

CAIRO: Egypt’s military says its special forces have held drills with special forces from the United States to exchange expertise on combating terrorism.

The announcement was made in a Thursday statement by Egypt’s armed forces.

The anti-terrorism drills come ahead of the “Bright Star” exercise on Sept. 8-20, which will involve additional countries including Greece, Jordan, Britain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Italy and France.

The first “Bright Star” exercise took place in 1980, but the Obama administration postponed them in 2011 following the uprising that toppled longtime President Hosni Mubarak, and scrapped them in 2013 after Egyptian security forces killed hundreds of protesters while breaking up a mass sit-in.

Last September, Egypt held the war games with US troops for the first time in eight years.

In a separate development, an Egyptian court has sentenced four people to 14 years in prison for the 2013 killings of four Shiite men outside Cairo by an angry mob.

A mob of several hundred residents attacked a group of people gathered at a house in the town of Abu Musallam in June 2013, after hearing a senior cleric, Hassan Shehata, was inside.

Villages threw Molotov cocktails and attacked Shehata and the other three victims, killing them with sticks and knives.

A previous group of 23 defendants were sentenced in 2015 to 14 years in prison for the killings.

Those sentenced on Wednesday had previously been tried in absentia and handed the same sentence, before being arrested.

 

 


US troops to stay in Syria as long as Iran forces operate on foreign soil - Bolton

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US troops to stay in Syria as long as Iran forces operate on foreign soil - Bolton

NEW YORK: US National Security adviser John Bolton said on Monday that US troops would not leave Syria "as long as Iranian troops are outside Iranian borders."

He also said Iran was responsible for attacks in Syria, and Lebanon and was responsible for the shooting down of a Russian military aircraft last week. 

Bolton's worning on iran came as France warned Monday that the Middle East risked “perpetual war” unless a peace agreement can be reached in Syria.

Syrian President “Bashar Assad but also those who support him have a responsiblity to work for a political solution,” French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told reporters at the United Nations.
“If not, we risk heading toward a sort of perpetual war in the area,” he said.

Meanwhile, France has called for stronger international sanctions on Libyans who stand in the way of a political solution in the conflict-ridden country.
The current situation "forces us to show greater firmness toward those who want to insist on the status quo for their sole benefit," Le Drian said, urging sanctions against the "militia members who threaten Tripoli."