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40 Years On: Sadat Expels the Russian Advisers

July 21st, 2012 Comments off

I’m two days late with this, but July 18 marked the 40th anniversary of Anwar Sadat’s expulsion of Soviet advisers from Egypt in July of 1972.  In my musings last month on my own 40th anniversary of arriving in the Middle East for the first time, I noted that Soviet and East Bloc advisers were still very much on evidence when I got there. They remained so up to the 1973 war, but the expulsion of the military “advisers” (many of were actually flying aircraft, Manning SAM sites, etc., though that was not acknowledged) in the summer of 1972, was memorable, however. I was living in an apartment along the Nile, and as we looked out from our balcony one day after we’d been there a month or so, we watched waves of bit Antonov transports flying eastward over the city. In retrospect they were probably fling our of Cairo West and other bases to the west of the city, heading back to the USSR. At the time we feared it was a major buildup moving troops to the Suez Canal. Either later that day or the next day, all was explained when it was announced that the Soviet advisers (some 20,000 of them) had been kicked out.

A documentary on that era:


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World powers expel Syrian diplomats over Houla massacre

May 31st, 2012 Comments off

OTTAWA – The US, Canada, Australia, some European nations and Turkey have ordered expulsion of Syrian diplomats from their countries, four days after nearly 100 people were killed in a massacre in Hou
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Israel holds 47 pro-Palestinian activists pending expulsion

April 17th, 2012 Comments off

Pro-Palestinian activists are escorted onto a plane heading back to BelgiumIsraeli authorities were on Monday holding 47 foreigners pending deportation, out of 79 barred from entering the Jewish state because of their links to a pro-Palestinian campaign, an official said.

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Bahrain royal puppet parliament

November 15th, 2011 Comments off
Bahrain’s lower chamber has called for the expulsion of the Syrian ambassador in Manama.”  They did not call for the expulsion of their beloved King for his repression.

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Iran expels Bahrain diplomat in tit-for-tat move (AFP)

March 21st, 2011 Comments off

A picture of Bahraini King Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa decorates a tank as armed forces secure Manama's Pearl Square on March 19. Iran on Sunday asked a Bahraini diplomat to leave the country in reprisal for the expulsion of one of the Islamic republic's diplomats from Manama, the official IRNA news agency reported.(AFP/File/Joseph Eid)AFP – Iran on Sunday asked a Bahraini diplomat to leave the country in reprisal for the expulsion of one of the Islamic republic’s diplomats from Manama, the official IRNA news agency reported.

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Sudan expels two Darfur aid chiefs

July 16th, 2010 Comments off

UPDATE 3: Govt issues expulsion orders against two top relief officials after genocide charge against Beshir.
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Fearing expulsion, Palestinians stay home (AP)

June 24th, 2010 Comments off

In this photo taken Wednesday, April 28, 2010, Palestinian Issam Helou, 17, lies in bed surrounded by his father and siblings, in their family home in the West Bank city of Jenin. The Helou family is so worried about getting expelled to Gaza by Israeli authorities that they're all but trapped in this West Bank town. They couldn't even leave to get their disabled son the best possible surgery to let him walk. Some 20,000 Palestinians in the West Bank live under the same fear, because they hold residency papers from the Gaza Strip and Israeli authorities refuse to allow their papers to be updated, though they have lived in the West Bank for years. (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas)AP – The Helou family is so worried about getting expelled to Gaza by Israeli authorities that they’re all but trapped in this West Bank town. They couldn’t even leave to get their disabled son the best possible surgery to let him walk.

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Australia moves to expel Israeli diplomat (AP)

May 24th, 2010 Comments off

AP – Australia ordered the expulsion of an Israeli diplomat Monday after investigators concluded Israel was responsible for forging four Australian passports that were used in the slaying of a Hamas operative in Dubai.
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Rights groups slam new West Bank deportation rules (AP)

April 11th, 2010 Comments off

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the opening ceremony of the Holocaust Martyrs and Heroes Remembrance Day at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem, Sunday, April 11, 2010. The specter of Iran hovered over the start of Israel's annual memorial day for the 6 million Jews killed by Nazis in the Holocaust of World War II, as Israeli leaders warned of an Iranian nuclear program they believe is aimed at weapons production. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)AP – Israel’s military has issued new orders that human rights groups warned Sunday could lead to the expulsion of tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank.

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