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First step towered to 'Middle East Echelon' ?

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    Egypt is developing reconnaissance capability to monitor the entire Middle East. Source : Middle East Online, February 01, 2001 http://www.menewsline.com The
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      Egypt is developing reconnaissance capability to monitor the entire Middle
      East.

      Source : Middle East Online, February 01, 2001 http://www.menewsline.com

      The capability is being developed with the United States in what is
      described as a civilian effort. But Egyptian officials said Cairo's contract
      with U.S. firms is the first step toward a full-scale space reconnaissance
      program meant to compete with Israel.

      Officials said the current space program allows Egypt to obtain satellite
      data in a 2,500 kilometer diameter of the southern city of Aswan. This would
      include most of North Africa and the Levant.

      "This project will establish Egypt as a regional leader in earth observation
      and remote sensing capabilities," said Mohammed Adel Yehia, chairman of
      Egypt's National Authority for Remote Sensing and Space Science. "We look
      forward to bringing the benefits of satellite technology to the entire
      region."

      Officials did not detail the extent of Egypt's control over the satellite
      facility. Under the previous Clinton administration, Israel obtained a
      pledge not to allow U.S. satellites to provide imaging data of the Jewish
      state.

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