Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Egypt’s ‘Secret Minister’ Suleiman; Behind the Scene, Still Pulling the Strings?

 Thomas C. Mountain, Foreign Policy Journal, August 17, 2011

Just exactly what influence Omar “The Secret Minister” Suleiman retains over the military junta that rules Egypt is a question of utmost importance for those who live on the banks of the Nile River. With a résumé including 20 years as head of Egyptian Intelligence, he is not someone anyone of those who helped bring about the downfall of Mubarak can afford to ignore.

He was the CIA’s go-to man when it came to doing the Agency’s dirty work in the Middle East, as well as being the liaison with Israel, and was reported to be in contact with Mossad on an almost daily basis.

Suleiman is infamous for enforcing the blockade of Gaza, saying he wanted the Palestinians there to “be hungry but not starving” in punishment for supporting Hamas; hungry as in a 40% level of malnutrition-related disability rates amongst Gaza’s children.

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