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No foreign military bases in Egypt: Armed forces spokesman

Armed Forces spokesman denies existence of foreign military bases in country, dismisses reports of 'Israeli devices' hidden onboard Egyptian F-16 fighters

Ahram Online, Tuesday 2 Oct 2012
Military spokesperson Ahmed Ali (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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Egyptian military spokesman Ahmed Ali on Tuesday denied the presence in Egypt of foreign military bases or Israeli-manufactured communications devices at a Tuesday press conference.

"Reports about Israeli communication devices in Egyptian F-16 fighter planes are false," said the spokesman, stressing that such claims came as arms deals between Israel and other countries – not including Egypt – were ongoing.

Ali went on to deny the existence of foreign military bases in Egypt, stressing that cooperation was ongoing between Egypt's armed forces and a number of countries, including the US.

"In Egypt we have a well-built base to protect national security; our [national] sovereignty does not permit the presence of foreign bases," said Ali, stressing the distinction between military cooperation and the existence of foreign military bases.

On Egypt's continued military operations in the restive Sinai Peninsula, Ali said that operations were ongoing with the help of police.

The operation, aimed at eliminating armed groups in the area, was initially launched following the 5 August attack near Egypt's border with the Gaza Strip that left 16 Egyptian border guards dead.

"The media claims that military operations have failed in Sinai, but this is inaccurate," said Ali. "The army has succeeded in demolishing 104 tunnels discovered using satellite imagery." 

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03-10-2012 03:02am
Most lies have 10% of truth
I should hope that there aren't any foreign bases foreign interference on Egyptian land. If I know one thing, it's that Egyptians won't put up with foreign interference. The only military base on Egyptian land should be Egyptian, PERIOD! We don't sell our selves or our land to anyone. The government should make this issue a priority because Egypt's sovereignty is not negotiable.
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13-02-2013 02:20pm
Lets be honest and keep in mind that it will be a US military base in Egypt before the end of this year with the help of the Egyptian government who will sale the land for the USA and before you even know it it will be on the Egyptian soil soon, keep in mind that what we hear never was what we we want to hear/know but what the government want us to know.

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