Gulf Dispute Reaches Boiling Point

by Derek Bisaccio, International Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

U.S. President Donald Trump attends meeting with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders on May 21, 2017.
Source: White House

Early on June 5, a number of Arab countries announced in concert their decision to sever ties with Gulf State Qatar. The move by the four countries – Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) – came just days after a hacker group announced it would release a trove of emails purportedly belonging to the Emirati Ambassador to the United States. Continue reading

Egypt Receives First Mistral Vessel

By Derek Bisaccio, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

The two Egyptian Mistral vessels in France. Source: DCNS

The two Egyptian Mistral vessels in France. Source: DCNS

On June 2, Egypt received the first of its two Mistral helicopter carrier vessels, constructed by French shipbuilder DCNS. The ship, named for Egypt’s late President Gamal Abdel Nasser, is partaking in exercises with the French Navy prior to setting sail for Alexandria. Continue reading

World Powers Move to Support Libyan Unity Government against Terror Groups

by Derek Bisaccio, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International.

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Libyan Prime Minister Fayez al-Sarraj (left) meeting with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) in Vienna in May 2016

In a decision representative both of the growing threat of terror groups and progress in local political reconciliation, world powers have affirmed their commitment to providing support, including arms, for the Government of National Accord (GNA) in Libya as it combats terror groups. Continue reading

Restart of U.S. Military Aid to Egypt Means Enhanced Airborne Attack Capabilities

by Zachary Hofer, Forecast International. 

APG-68(V)9 Fire Control Radar revealed in the nose cone of a Lockheed Martin F-16 (Source: Northrop Grumman)

APG-68(V)9 Fire Control Radar revealed in the nose cone of a Lockheed Martin F-16 (Source: Northrop Grumman)

Many analysts may tout the political implications of U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent announcement of the reinstatement of military aid to Egypt.  One of the most paramount, politically, is the implication that the U.S. is validating the current Egyptian government; or, in other words, the resumption of aid is an implicit validation of a government that was enabled by a military coup d’état that unseated a democratically elected president.  However, strategically, more is afoot.

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U.S. Lifts Block on Military Aid to Egypt

by Nicole Auger, Forecast International.

Egyptian F-16 (Source: Egypt Daily News)

Lockheed Martin F-16 in Egyptian colors (Source: Egypt Daily News)

United States President Barack Obama has released military aid to Egypt that was suspended after the 2013 overthrow of the nation’s first democratically elected president since the fall of President Hosni Mubarak. The White House said Obama notified Egyptian President Abdel-al-Fattah al-Sisi, in a phone call on March 31, that the U.S. would be sending 12 F-16 fighter jets, 20 missiles, and up to 125 tank kits to Egypt, while continuing its annual $1.3 billion in military assistance to the country.

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