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Intimidating Iran: Mubarak allows US warships to cross Egyptian Suez Canal


Intimidating Iran: Mubarak allows US warships to cross Egyptian Suez Canal

Egyptian president Hasni Mubarak faces a tough time in Egypt for allowing US warships to pass Egyptian territory. The ships are being sent to intimidate Iran to force it to abandon its nuclear program.

Haaretz: More than twelve United States Naval warships and at least one Israeli ship crossed the Suez Canal towards the Red Sea on Friday, British Arabic Language newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi reported Saturday.

According to the report, thousands of Egyptian soldiers were deployed along the Suez Canal guarding the ships’ passage, which included a U.S. aircraft carrier.

The Suez Canal is a strategic Egyptian waterway which connects between the Mediterranean Sea and the Red Sea.

According to eyewitnesses, the U.S. battleships were the largest to have crossed the Canal in many years, Al-Quds reported.

Egyptian opposition members have criticized the government for cooperating with the U.S. and Israeli forces and allowing the ships’ passage through Egyptian territorial waters.

They said they viewed the event as Egyptian participation in an international scandal, and added that the opposition would not sit with its arms crossed while the country allowed a fleet of U.S. and Israeli military ships to cross.

Egypt allows use of Suez Canal for build-up of war against Iran. Report: U.S., Israeli warships cross Suez Canal toward Red Sea 20 June 2010

Cairo, 19 June – Egypt allowed eleven US Navy battleships transporting an aircraft carrier, infantry troops, armoured vehicles and ammunition as well as one Israeli warship to cross from the Mediterranean Sea into the Red Sea via the Suez Canal.

Talking to the London-based daily Al-Quds, retired Egyptian General Amin Radi, chairman of the national security affairs committee, told the paper that “the decision to declare war on Iran is not easy, and Israel, due to its wild nature, may start a war just to remain the sole nuclear power in the region”.

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