World View: Greek Border Guards Fail to Stop Influx of Illegal Immigrants

This morning's key headlines from GenerationalDynamics.com:
  • Egypt's military action against Sinai Bedouins comes to a standstill
  • Egypt defends need for army tanks in Sinai
  • Greece's border guards fail to stop the influx of illegal immigrants
  • Turkey still unsure about Syria buffer zone as refugees pour in

Egypt's military action against Sinai Bedouins comes to a standstill

The August 5 ambush by armed Bedouin militants in Sinai that killed 16 Egyptian soldiers shocked the Egyptian public, and has substantially raised the profile and power of Egypt's new president Mohamed Morsi. Morsi immediately sent Egyptian forces into the Sinai, after obtaining permission from Israel to violate their 1979 peace treaty. However, the military action has been halted, as a result of a negotiated week long true to allow further discussions between the army and the terror groups. However, the truce may have been a necessity for the army, since most of the armed extremists have fled into into the mountains. Morsi's supporters claim four accomplishments in this military campaign: 

  • He's developed a public reputation as a tough fighter against terror and an enemy of radical Islamic groups.
  • The army has damaged some of the terror infrastructure in Sinai.
  • Morsi initially deployed tanks to Sinai without prior coordination with Israel, allowing him to claim that he doesn't fear a showdown with Israel.
  • Morsi used the terror attack in the Sinai as a pretext to expel top army officers whom he considered a threat to his power base.

Israeli officials are concerned that in the event of a future conflagration with Palestinian terror organizations in Gaza, Egypt's government will respond by pressuring Israel - for instance, by deploying large army concentrations in border areas, in contravention of the peace agreement between Egypt and Israel. Haaretz and Al-Shorfa

Egypt defends need for army tanks in Sinai

Israeli officials are unhappy that Egypt's leaders deployed tanks to the Sinai Peninsula before consulting with Israeli leaders following the August 5 ambush. Egypt's new defense minister Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi defended his country's increased military presence in the Sinai Peninsula, saying it is needed to fight terrorism and is temporary. According to Egyptian officials, el-Sissi reaffirmed Cairo's commitment to the 1979 peace accord. AP

Greece's border guards fail to stop the influx of illegal immigrants

Arrivals of illegal immigrants into the northern regions of Greece on the border with Turkey have plummeted, as a result of an increase in the number of border guards. However, migrants, chiefly Afghans, Syrians and Palestinians, are now reverting to more southern routes, across the islands in the Aegean Sea. Greece is the major pathway for migrants to enter the European Union. As the influx of migrants into the country continues unabated, the number of apparently racially motivated attacks has increased. Kathimerini

Turkey still unsure about Syria buffer zone as refugees pour in

French President François Hollande is pressing to support a buffer zone on Syrian soil for Syrian refugees from the continuing slaughter by the Bashar al-Assad regime against women and children in residential neighborhoods. This would be a strip of land on Syrian soil protected from Syrian assault by Western allies. Turkey has been talking about establishing such a buffer zone for almost the entire 18 months since the Syrian conflict began, but is still unsure, even though 80,000 Syrian refugees are now in refugee camps in Turkey. However, Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu emphasized last week that Turkey would not accept more than 100,000 refugees and that the creation of a buffer zone could be necessary to contain a refugee flow onto its soil. Zaman (Istanbul)

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