Discussed a bit here last week- Hubby and I searched and searched for verification of said rumour. Couldn't find it
November 23/2016- Egypt unlikely to send military forces to Syria: Al-Sisi
Egypt is unlikely to send military forces to Syria, President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi said on Tuesday, stressing that it would be better if Syria’s national army took sole responsibility for securing the country.
November 25/2016: Egypt has not sent troops to Syria: Military source
November 26/2013 : Egypt denies sending military troops to Syria after Al-Sisi explicitly supports Al-Assad
Qassem Al-Khatib, a member in the National Coalition of the Syrian Opposition, told Daily News Egypt that Egypt had not sent any military troops to Syria
November 27/2016: Egypt denies sending military troops to Syria
Egypt’s foreign ministry denied in a statement on Sunday the presence of Egyptian military troops in Syria, reiterating its commitment to non-intervention in internal affairs of other countries.
“These allegations exist only in the imagination of those who promote them,” foreign ministry’s statement read, stressing on Egypt’s commitment to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states.
Sputnik November 27/2016
Some Arab newspapers reported about Egyptian military presence in Syria," the statement published on the Foreign Ministry’s Facebook page read. "Egypt is committed to the principle of non-interference in the internal affairs of other countries."
Egyptian military has been accused of sending troops to the aid of the embattled Syrian government. Many Arab Gulf states support opposition forces in Syria. A Russian government spokesman said earlier this month he could not confirm reports that Egyptian soldiers were present in Syria.
Could this rumour have been started as a way to demonize Egypt? To cause discord amongst neighbours? Possible.
November 28/2016: Egypt denies it has a military presence in Syria
28 November 2016 13:46 Egypt Denies Presence of Egyptian Forces in Syria
“The ministry refutes allegations of a number of the Arab mass media about the presence of the Egyptian military in the Syrian territory,” Foreign Ministry Spokesman Ahmed Abu Zeid said on Sunday.
Local media outlets recently reported that Egyptian military forces have joined the conflict in Syria in support of the Assad.Wonder what the spokesperson meant when saying 'the purpose of such rumors is clear"?
“Such ungrounded allegations exist only in the minds of those who are spreading them and the purpose of such rumors is clear. Egypt will stay committed to the principle of non-interference into domestic affairs of other states"
I'll re-ask my previous question: Could this rumour have been started as a way to demonize Egypt? To cause discord amongst neighbours? Possible.
The statement that caused the rumour mill to kick into high gear?
"The priority is that we support the national armies to impose control over the territory, deal with the extremists, and impose the necessary stability in Libya, Syria and Iraq," he said.
"When you refer to the National Army in Syria, do you mean the Syrian army?" the presenter asked, to which Sisi replied: "Yes."
Can someone explain how it is that quoted statement turned into Egyptian boots on the ground in Syria?