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08/28/13 ., Defense Minister and head of the Egyptian Army, General Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, said Wednesday that his country will close the Suez Canal to American and British destroyers sailing towards Syria.
Google Translation: The first thing Abdel Fattah al-Sisi Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, not to enter any US military chartered a tanker to the Suez Canal to hit Syria, stressing Egypt's commitment to joint defence agreement between Egypt and Syria.
Noting that Egypt wouldn't be a passage to attack any Arab country, adding Egypt will not repeat the mistakes of the war on Iraq.
Google translation: IRIB-"No American war ship or British or else is allowed to pass through the Suez Canal ship," ordered the Egyptian Minister of Defense.
According Farsnews, citing Reuters, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi insisted that no authorization is given to warships that would hear attack Syria. The decision was taken as part of the Egyptian government to respect the joint defense agreement signed between Egypt and Syria, announced Reuters, making it difficult for the United States and Great Britain an attack against Syria, according to the same agency.
Egypt's Tamarod movement has called on Egyptian authorities to close the Suez Canal, preventing military destroyers that could be used in an impending strike on Syria.
The campaign’s website quoted Tamarod spokesperson Hassan Shahin as saying that Egypt should take a firm stance against the anticipated U.S.military strike against Syria.
"We should shut the Suez Canal before destroyers, machinery or oil vessels pass to strike Syria," Shahin also posted on Facebook. "Supporting the Arab Syrian military is a national duty.”
“We’ll support the Arab Syrian army. No place for traitors. Arab people should revolt after schemes by the Free [Syrian] Army and its supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and extremists to strike the whole Arab world were disclosed,” he added.
Rebel Campaign, Strong Egypt Party and Free Egyptians have denounced preparations for an international military intervention in Syrian territory; Rebel spokesperson says Egypt must not allow use of Suez Canal in any attack.
Still, it’s unclear how much of an impact a partial or full stoppage in Suez traffic would have. To be sure, recent violence and worry about Egypt’s stability and regional unrest have driven up global prices. On August 27th, The Wall Street Journal reported that those concerns and the threat of an attack on Syria had driven up oil futures to a six month high.
've asked the mods to either change the thread title or 404 it. Their discretion. All that's going on is that certain political factions in Egypt are calling for the canal to be closed to U.S. military and others inbound to Syria.
All that's going on is that certain political factions in Egypt are calling for the canal to be closed to U.S. military and others inbound to Syria.
Originally posted by this_is_who_we_are
I've asked the mods to either change the thread title or 404 it. Their discretion. All that's going on is that certain political factions in Egypt are calling for the canal to be closed to U.S. military and others inbound to Syria.
Originally posted by pikestaff
As the west coast of Syria is on the Mediterranean sea, and the US has at least one carrier force in the Med., why would the US have to send ships through the canal?
As for oil imports into the US, bulk carriers are so big now its just as cheap to go round the cape!