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David Satterfield, a veteran US diplomatic with extensive experience in the Middle East, is the leading candidate to become US ambassador to Egypt, US officials say.

Egypt has been waging a major campaign against Islamic militants in the northern Sinai over the past month, and has occasionally disrupted cellular communications in the restive territory.

Saudi Arabia-Egypt 'needed Israel's blessings' for island deal go-ahead

The New Arab

Saudi Arabia-Egypt 'needed Israel's blessings' for island deal go-ahead

The Egyptian and Saudi governments had to gain the approval of Israel and the United States before pushing ahead with a controversial transfer of two Red Sea islands.

Permission to proceed: Egypt-Saudi island deal 'needed Israeli approval'

The New Arab

Permission to proceed: Egypt-Saudi island deal 'needed Israeli approval'

The Egyptian and Saudi governments had to gain the approval of Israel and the United States before pushing ahead with a ...

Turbulent times for Saudi-Egyptian relations

Alain Gresh

Turbulent times for Saudi-Egyptian relations

The long read: The strategic alliance that recently appeared to bind Egypt and Saudi Arabia, seems to have been replaced by distrust on ...

The New Arab

International peacekeepers reducing Sinai presence as security deteriorates

Fiji has removed some of their peacekeeping forces from Sinai as security deteriorates, amid reports the US and Columbia also plan to downscale their presence in the restive peninsula.

The New Arab

US considers pulling troops from Egypt over IS threat

The US is considering pulling troops out of a base in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula due the growing threat posed by the local Islamic State group ...

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

US sending more troops to Egypt’s Sinai

The United States will send more troops to north Sinai to boost the security of international peacekeepers, as the Egyptian military continues ...

AAAJ and agencies

Militants killed and US soldiers injured in Sinai

Four US soldiers were injured and three militants were killed in Egypt's Sinai.

Two international forces in search of a role

Geoffrey Aronson

Two international forces in search of a role

Analysis: The region's old structures do not fit into the new Middle East. Nothing illustrates this better than forces like UNDOF and ...

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