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Leaked Intelligence Shows Waning U.S. Influence In The Middle East

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The purported U.S. intelligence leaks that were mysteriously been floating around social media for a month (possibly longer) before being detected speak volumes in one particular area: Relations between Moscow and the power centers of the MENA region. Keeping in mind that the alleged intel may or may not be real, though the Pentagon is conducting an investigation into the leaks and the FBI has arrested a subject, the MENA-related “classified” intelligence paints a picture of the U.S. losing major ground in the Middle East, which is quietly backing Putin. First, we have U.S. ally Egypt, which the alleged intelligence claims was secretly planning to supply Russia with tens of thousands of rockets, gunpowder, and artillery. There are no indications that any of these arms deals went through in the end (according to the Pentagon), but the “why” behind their consideration is interesting in itself. This is all tied to Libya. Before Russia invaded Ukraine, Egypt, Russia, and the U.S. were largely on the same “side” in the Libyan civil war. They all supported General Haftar–though the U.S. support was very quiet and indirect. Now, the new narrative in Washington is that Haftar is out because of Russia (largely), and the U.S. expects Egypt to fall in line. Instead, leaked diplomatic cables suggest that Egypt continued to inform Moscow about its talks with Washington regarding Libya. On Libya, Russia…

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