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US embassy denies naval vessels near Egypt presage military move
The US Embassy in Cairo says that US naval ships are regularly deployed near Egypt's shores, dismisses rumours of imminent US invasion
Ahram Online, Saturday 13 Jul 2013
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US naval ship passes through Egypt's Suez Canal (Photo: Reuters)

The US Embassy in Egypt denied Saturday that US naval vessels near Egypt's shores are sent in preparation for military action.

A top Marine Corps general said Thursday that two US marine vessels approached Egypt's Red Sea shore, raising concerns in the Egyptian media about an imminent military move.

"We deny false claims in the Egyptian press that US naval ships are in the vicinity of the Arabian Peninsula and the Suez Canal to militarily invade Egypt," read a statement issued on the US embassy's website.

The statement  went on to say that the United States regularly deploys forces near the Arabian Peninsula and that US vessels regularly pass through Egypt's Suez Canal en route to the Indian Ocean or the Mediterranean Sea.

US Marine Corps officials said the two ships, part of a three-ship amphibious readiness group, has been in the region since May, patrolling the Red Sea, Horn of Africa, the Gulf and the Arabian Sea. The third ship is offshore Bahrain.

They went on to assert there were no new orders to prepare for a possible conflict in Egypt.

Moving amphibious ships closer to the coast would enable easier movement of helicopters and other equipment, if needed in a country  now in ferment, navy officials said.





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Samantha Criscione
14-07-2013 04:15am
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Gunboat diplomacy won't intimidate the Egyptian people
The US Embassy's denial of new orders is neither here nor there. The announcement that they had moved amphibious attack vessels close to Egypt, with the commandant's statement that this gave the U.S. all "options," was obviously intended as a threat. It's called "gunboat diplomacy," i.e., the threat of violence to force an alteration in a country's policies, in this case aimed at helping the Brotherhood. A violation of the Helsinki Accords and quite warlike, if not an actual act of war -- and that towards a supposed ally, and without so much as consulting the U.S. congress! And don't they realize yet that Egyptians loathe bullies? --Samantha Criscione
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Hazem A. Gad
14-07-2013 02:41am
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us always take the wrong choice
Your support to MB is the wrong choice , your policy towards egypt is wrong you will regret that , Morsi is a crimenal you know that, stop your support before this storm blows obama himself the egyptian people are very clever even they are not well educated, we the egyptian people will not let our revelution 30/6 go to the wrong address again , be wise once in your history in the middel east and take the write side
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Samantha Criscione
13-07-2013 07:09pm
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So, not only gunboat diplomacy, but mealy-mouthed gunboat diplomacy
1) The "claims" originated from Reuters, not the Egyptian press. 2) Reuters reported that the U.S. had moved two amphibious assault vessels close to Egypt, and went on to quote the Marine Corps Commandant: " 'Egypt is (in) a crisis right now,' Marine Corps Commandant General James Amos told the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank. 'When that happens, what we owe the senior leadership of our nation are some options,' Amos said. He did not say what the options were." Now really, what are the "options" when you move amphibious assault vessels close to somebody else's shore? To throw a party, formal dress required?--Samantha Criscione
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Sam Enslow
13-07-2013 06:53pm
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Who thinks up this stuff?
I would strongly suggest that the proper authorities investigate the media reports of a possible US invasion of Egypt for attempts to cause disorder and panic among the people. Of course this will not happen. Anyone who knows the Suez Canal and has any knowledge knows that US ships frequently pass through the canal and can often be spotted off the coast of Egypt. Does anyone really believe the Egyptian Army is not aware of this activity? Has no one ever seen the size of a US invading force, and why would the US be planning on invading Egypt? I know it is a sport here to hate the US and everything American, except Green Cards, but please. Egypt faces so many real problems right now that there is no need to make some up.
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