06 Feb '11, 1am

US anxious to retain Egypt in fight against terror

WASHINGTON: Unrest in Cairo threatens to undermine America's decades-long partnership with Egypt's intelligence services, which have fully supported US counter-terrorist efforts. For years, Egypt has shared sensitive intelligence with the United States -- and long before the attacks of September 11, 2001, Cairo's spies helped the CIA track Islamic militants and Al-Qaeda, experts and officials said. "A lot is at stake," Michael Desch, a professor of political science at Notre Dame, told AFP. "They have been very helpful in terms of the war on terror." Washington has counted on Egypt to give a green light to the use of its air space or territory for intelligence operations, while Cairo had no objections to accepting terror suspects snatched by the Americans and secretly handed over for harsh interrogations. But that cosy relationship could be lost if days of mass street demo...

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