Egypt’s Long, Bloody Fight Against The Islamic State in Sinai is Going Somewhere

This post is intended as a reply or rebuttal to a Washington Post article by Sudarsan Raghavan. Let me start off by saying I'm not too surprised by the content, it does not mark a departure from what has come before in regards to the Sinai and Egyptian Counter Terror efforts. This is not a… Continue reading Egypt’s Long, Bloody Fight Against The Islamic State in Sinai is Going Somewhere

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Egyptian Medical Corps: Where Are Egypt’s Combat Medics?

Native Egyptians will often tell you that the military has a series of hospitals which are barred to the majority of the public unless there are exceptional circumstances. They will describe them as being much better than their civilian counterparts - which are dreadful places - and on the whole this appears to be true.… Continue reading Egyptian Medical Corps: Where Are Egypt’s Combat Medics?

Egyptian Rapid Deployment Forces: Independence Essential Speed Optional

To understand the Rapid Deployment Forces one first has to look at Egypt's contemporary military history and its current threat perceptions. Both of these have mandated a certain organisational set up that focuses on internal and local threats. Israel the traditional rival to the East, Libya the pariah to the West, and an unpredictable Sudan to the… Continue reading Egyptian Rapid Deployment Forces: Independence Essential Speed Optional

Egyptian Special Operations Forces: A Thunderbolt Introduction

There are many misconceptions regarding Egyptian special operations forces. The most common one wrongly defines them as Special Forces. Part of why there are misconceptions is the somewhat confusing terminology and designations, in addition to  general miscommunication by the Armed Forces. This post aims to be somewhat of a corrective and is part of a… Continue reading Egyptian Special Operations Forces: A Thunderbolt Introduction

Egyptian Air Force: Repeating Past Mistakes

Since the Peace Accords with Israel the Egyptian Air Force has gone through several changes. What was predominantly a Soviet equipped Air Force suddenly had to realign its procurement policies away from the Soviet Union and towards the West. However it also had to keep several Soviet types such as the MiG - 21 in… Continue reading Egyptian Air Force: Repeating Past Mistakes