Egyptian Small Arms Cache Uncovered, Further Iranian Connection

Recent news reports have revealed that an arms cache in use by the Muslim Brotherhood was recently uncovered by Egyptian Security Forces in the vicinity of Alexandria. A number of small arms and explosive devices were uncovered, several of which will be noted below due to their peculiarity. However one of the more important finds to Egyptian authorities is the presence of Iranian-made grenades and anti-personal mines. Finding this evidence is hardly surprising due to Iran’s policies of trying to undermine potential enemies by supporting minority groups in such places as Lebanon and Palestine, to include a number of countries in Africa. The article on the topic also specifically mentions the recent video released by the so-called Islamic State that we covered earlier, on taking shots at Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai. In addition, it mentions the Iranian anti-material rifle that is a copy of the HS .50 made by Steyer, labeling it as the “إم 50” or AM50 in English. This rifle was observed to be used by so-called Islamic State sharpshooters in the aforementioned video.

From the article in Arabic, Google translated into English-

Security expert Khaled Okasha asserts to the “Arab.Net” that the Iranian weapons sent by Tehran to the Muslim Brotherhood and on their way from terrorist groups fall within the policy of Tehran to ignite the areas of conflict with the aim of expansion and expansion and the imposition of areas of influence; Free but are among the economic activities carried out by Iran since the imposition of Western sanctions on them.

He added that many Iranian weapons were seized in raids by the Egyptian army in Sinai and were not announced; the final video of the Sinai # which they called the “heart throws” and reveals the sniper of Egyptian soldiers showing Iranian sniper rifles AM50; which means two important; That there is close cooperation between the Da’ash and Iran and the joint coordination between them militarily in order to prolong the length of terrorism in the Sinai and confuse the Egyptian security and the Egyptian army; or that the advocate of Sinai is a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, which is in public coordination with Iran and buy arms for the Dahesh military wing of the Brotherhood in Sinai.

Apart from the massive amounts of explosives present in the cache, there was a number of Hungarian AMD-65s, an M14, PKMs, some FN FALs and surprisingly what appears to be a large number of Turkish pistol grip shotguns. Shotguns are usually not the preferred weapon of choice for terrorist operations, and especially in the MENA region shotgun usage is rather limited compared to the United States.

From an avid reader of TFB, translating the words of the reporter-

The reporter isn’t saying much really in one way or another he is saying oh look how this farm was dangerous for police forces to storm. Oh there is an entire arsenal, oh my God they must have been preparing for a war, Also he stresses that it must have been impossible for the police to discover this farm unless they had very good intl. also wondering how the weapons and ammo were well preserved and that when you see him and the Colonel scarping some type of cosmoline off some Aks also you can see that he doesn’t know anything about guns and actually seems fascinated by them





Miles

Infantry Marine, based in the Midwest. Specifically interested in small arms history, development, and usage within the MENA region and Central Asia. To that end, I run Silah Report, a website dedicated to analyzing small arms history and news out of MENA and Central Asia.

Please feel free to get in touch with me about something I can add to a post, an error I’ve made, or if you just want to talk guns. I can be reached at miles@tfb.tv


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  • Mike

    Headline should read
    “Egyptian Small Arms Cache Uncovered, Further Belgian, German, Hungarian, Iranian, Russian, Turkish and US Connection”.

    I thought TFB didn’t do politics and political propaganda.

    • Giolli Joker

      Can’t upvote you enough.

    • 11b

      No crap. Not to mention the Muslim Brotherhood is SUNNI and Iran is SHIA. A basic understanding of the middle east will lead you to the conclusion that those two organizations will not work together…

      • mosinman

        are you 100% sure that they’d never work together? if they had a common goal they could possibly set aside their religious differences .

        • 11b

          Look, theres a 1% possibility the moon could be full of cheese too. It’s *highly* unlikely.

          • mosinman

            there is a better chance of them working together than the moon being full of cheese, for example i’m sure they’d put their religious feud aside to attack Israel if the opportunity was there

        • Sunshine_Shooter

          Nah, Sunni and Shia wouldn’t ever work together towards a common goal. If anything, they’d both change their goal just to hurt the other side.

          • neckbone

            Bet they both would chop infidel necks though.

          • Sunshine_Shooter

            They are both infidels, according to the other. They practice different (what we would call) denominations of Islam and are mutually incompatible.

          • neckbone

            Wonder if they both believe allah buried the stuff there?

        • Phillip Cooper

          “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”.. is after all an old Arabic proverb…

      • Iggy

        Not to mention Daesh, while I get (if don’t fully recommend) arming your enemies’ enemies, I don’t get giving sniper rifles to an enemy that your own proxies (and special forces) are currently fighting in Syria. As someone else said, even if it is Iranian it’s pretty definitely battlefield capture.

        • john huscio

          Ask John “surplus 1911s are too dangerous for the american public” mcstain about that….he was all about dumping tons of arms on “freedom fighters” who’s true ideologies we knew next to nothing about.

          • Nicks87

            Arizona needs to wake up and vote that f**k out already. I know he’s a vet and a former POW but boy is he a huge piece of s**t.

        • mosinman

          well we did something similar in Afghanistan back when the USSR was at war with them

      • Not as simple as that brother. Iran does vehemently support the Muslim Brotherhood despite the sect difference. Things aren’t as black and white as they appear.
        http://www.ia-forum.org/Content/ViewInternalDocument.cfm?ContentID=8287

        • Reuven Mizraha

          Miles is right, yeah one’s Shia and the other Sunna, but they have common enemies as Jihadi Islamists. That’s why Iran supports Hamas, the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brothers.

        • Mike

          There is nothing there to say Iran “vehemently support”[s] the Muslim Brotherhood let alone arms them, just political agitation.

      • Jim Thatcher

        Thank you, I scrolled down here just to make the same comment.

    • neckbone

      Or finally something worthwhile found in Egypt.

    • Nope we don’t—news is news.

      • Mike

        The headline and article is clearly political and anti-Iran, a timely attempt to try and link Iran to arming the Muslim Brotherhood and Daesh because five old frag grenades were found, which is completely ludicrous, and almost ignoring the large quantity of weapons from Nato countries including the US.

      • Paul Rain

        News from random ridiculous haajis is news?

        Look, it’s one thing when you copy and paste press releases, but actually copying shit from the absurd Arab media is laughable.

      • Giolli Joker

        News is what has been found, everything else is speculation driven by political agenda of the authors of the main article. TFB should be able to differentiate, as apparently all the readership is doing.

  • Ax

    But the Hezbollah in Lebanon are Shiites just like the Iranians. The IS guys are wahabbi Sunnis. Although I can see why Iran would want to destabilize their Sunni enemy (Egypt) it’s a bit odd that they would do so by supporting extremist Sunnis.

    • Pedro Vaz

      It’s total BS. Propaganda against Iran.

      • Sgt. Stedenko

        But Nuttyyahoo has been telling us they are going to drop a nuke on Israel for the past 2 decades.
        They obviously need moar American taxpayer dollars to fend off these evil Iranians. Suck it up tax donkeys.
        Never mind the fact that Iran is one of the few countries that doesn’t have a central bank controlled by the Rothschilds. That’s just a strange coincidence. Same with North Korea.
        Remind me again who Iran and N. Korea invaded over the past 20 years. American can only claim 14 sovereign countries in that time frame.
        Goebbels would be proud.

        • neckbone

          You mean Israel has nukes?

          • Juggernaut

            Yes- and Israel gets aid from the US which is illegal according to a 1976 agreement that states that any country that does not sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (of which Israel is not a signee) is forbidden to receive US $

          • Sgt. Stedenko

            $4 billion a year
            J Street runs DC

          • Juggernaut

            $4B is what is “official”

        • Paul Rain

          Hmm- you’re not referring to the concept of the ‘big lie’ in reference to Goebbels? If so, he- and Hitler- only ever used it in reference to the tactics used by their enemies then (as now).

    • mosinman

      it would be a good situation for plausible deniability

  • Pedro Vaz

    BS. Iranian government and the Muslim Brotherhood are enemies. As for the argument that Iran is destabilizing the region by providing weapons to X or Y groups…Western Democracy “Accuse your enemies of what you do” at it’s best. Laughable…

    • micmac80

      Like lord of war said uncle sam is by far the largest weapons supplyer to the region including the terror groups US finds usefull at the moment.

    • Mike

      Ha, Vote for Pedro.

      Perhaps Pres Trump should keep his campaign promise and throw the Iran deal out, put the sanctions back in place and try to undo what the idiot obummer did by funding the largest terror group in the world with billions of dollars.

  • Major Tom

    I’d take the M14 and the FAL’s and a couple of other things off their hands if they were willing to send it to me. I’d get them cleaned up and primmed and they’d have a nice place to retire to away from the Middle East.

  • Tritro29

    Looks like Hamas cache was artistically interpreted by the Egyptians, once again.

  • Tom

    I would suggest that any Iranian equipment in Egypt came as a result of ISIL capturing it first from the Iraqi government/army.

  • HemingwaysBeard

    So when a cache of American made weapons is found in the hands of ISIS or Hezbollah, it means the US is backing them?

    You’re making black and white assumptions in one of the grayest areas of the world.

    “Firearms, not politics.”

    • Sgt. Stedenko

      Precisely.
      Miles is a mouthpiece of the zionists running this planet.
      They pay for his hair highlights

      • HemingwaysBeard

        Your tinfoil hat does the same thing…

        • Sgt. Stedenko

          Oded Yinon plan.
          Ever heard of it?

          • Sgt. Stedenko

            Since you apparently live in a cave, Here’s General Wesley Clark’s take on the Oded Yinon Plan.
            “We’re going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq, and then Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and, finishing off, Iran.”
            Try getting your news outside the MSM my friend. It might open your eyes to who runs bartertown.

          • HemingwaysBeard

            Try not being so gullible, following paranoid essays and podcasts from self proclaimed experts.

          • Phillip Cooper

            I bet you good money “Infowars” is among their main sources of “news”.

            The stupid.. it burns!

          • Sgt. Stedenko

            Do a Discus search
            Never posted there.
            Any more personal attacks?

          • Juggernaut

            arguing with these Hasabara guys is pointless

          • HobgoblinTruth

            Shouldn’t you be in Breitbart with one other alt-righters? Let me guess… you don’t hate Jews only “globalists” and “international bankers”, right?

          • BillinDetroit

            You have nearly a 3:1 comment to vote ratio. Apparently a LOT of people don’t think you are adding much to the discussion … and maybe subtracting from it a bit.

            The term “alt-right” is from the “alt-left” liberal press … the same people who deem any black rifle an “assault weapon” and who get PTSD from firing an AR-15 at an indoor range even with adult supervision … a rifle many kids under 10 have no difficulty with and that can easily be fired from one hand.

          • BillinDetroit

            Dude … even the sequence is pretty much correct. At least look at it before denying that it’s true. Now … where it might have originated and why is still open for contention, but that list is known from pre-9/11 days.

          • HobgoblinTruth

            Outside the MSM like pro-Putin and clearly anti-semitic sites? What a great plan.

            First suggested site (global research) when seaching ” Oded Yinon Plan” is this guys. His site also full of praises for Assad, Iran, Putin, and Russia while being very anti-west and anti-Israel. Also let’s not forget thinly veiled anti-semitism.
            https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michel_Chossudovsky

          • Paul Rain

            And until Google added exceptions into their algorithms, Stormfront was the #1 search result for “did the holocaust happen”.

            Does your #1 google results metric suggest that the Holocaust didn’t happen because Stormfront was #1? Or that it did happen because the page returned says it didn’t?

          • HobgoblinTruth

            Angry that your little anti-semitic friends were exposed? Breitbart is in another direction, mate.

          • BillinDetroit

            All the anti-semiticism I see on BB is either from trolls or directed at ISIS. (Islam is a semitic religious sex and death cult).

          • ack ack jack

            The TRUTH is anti-semitic. Arent arabs semitic also?

          • Mike

            Glad you brought up old Wes, I was his track driver at Ft Irwin 1991-1992. A lowly E-4 19D Cav Scout.
            Point of order here, Wes is from Little Rock Arkansas, good buddies with the former sex addic…mmmm I mean commander in chief clinton. How do you think he went to 4 star so quick after having a lowly post command at Ft Irwin during the first Gulf war?
            Wes is 4 star D-bag liberal of the highest order. Maybe you should try a bit of research there sarge.

          • john huscio

            Psychiatrists, ever heard of them?

      • HobgoblinTruth

        Zionists? Why beat around the bush… be honest and write “Jews” since that’s what you really mean.

      • Oh please zionist running the planet is just stupid. Don’t tread on that racist crap.

        • jonp

          My copy of Protocols Of The Elders Of Zion disagrees 😉

      • Man, I’m way overdue for a paycheck from these Zionists then. Would you mind checking up on these authorities getting that to me? Thanks.

      • Reuven Mizraha

        [Antisemetism is] “the hatred of the lazy, ignorant fat-headed Gentile for the pertinacious Jew who, schooled by adversity to use his brains to the utmost,
        outdoes him in business.” – George Bernard Shaw

    • Paul Rain

      The US IS backing ISIS.

      • HobgoblinTruth

        Any evidence to back up that claim? Besides Russian propaganda sites and alt-right sites. I bet not.

        • ack ack jack

          Read Sy Hirsh’s book. Or get Mommy to read it to you.

  • john huscio

    FALs came from Libya methinks. Saw an MP5, a rusted to shit PKM and a yugo M70 in there as well…….

    Tried watching the whole video….couldn’t do it……..just reinforces my suspicion that who ever originated the Arabic language had permanent sinus problems…..

  • Jim Page

    Rusty, old FAL’s and a tired M14. Those MK2 grenades are 50-60 years old. Hate to be the guy pulling the pin ….

  • Paul Rain

    Hey, here’s an actual story. The recent non-likely-battlefield-pickups are Turkish.

    The Muslim Brotherhood is a SUNNI terrorist organization.

    The Turkish government is a SUNNI religious terror state.

    The government of Iran is SHIIITE.

    The SUNNIS are the people who do the terrorism. SUNNI terrorists with links to the SUNNI Saudi Arabian terror government attacked the World Trade Center in 1993 and 2001.

    The SHIITES are somewhat different. They are considerably more capable people, they try to educate their children, the Iranian government has even tried to discourage the marriage and rape of 9 year olds- which SUNNI governments defend because their prophet did it.

    • Reuven Mizraha

      But Shiites have Tatbir, that self flagellation ritual which gets pretty bloody, also for children. They also have the custom of temporary pleasure marriages, Nikah mut‘ah. Also Jihad is the sixth tenant of Shia Islam, while only be a doctrine in the Sunna, it is not one of the five pillars.

  • jonp

    Muslim Brotherhood…hmmm…where have I heard that name…oh yeah, that was who Obama and hillary pushed in the “Arab Spring” to take over Egypt and then sold tanks and planes to. Also the so-called “rebels” in Syria they were running guns to out of Benghazi

    • glenn cheney

      I have a year ago posted on THE HILL, that Bengahzi was an assassination to close out loose ends, somewhere, evidence was mined of the Clinton Foundation handling a 187 million small arms transaction that seemed to go unnoticed, that’s because it was speculated to be for obummer’s army, Somalis, see Kerry/Erdogan.
      We had contractors two blocks away, STATE spent most of the night ordering them to stand down, as an Admiral had an extraction chopper in the air but PANETTA diverted it to Italy, BUT WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE NOW?
      I am trying to stay out of this one, but, the dog is straining on the leash.

  • Seth Hill

    Dear Egypt,

    I am willing to adopt the poor orphaned firearms and ammunition.

    Sincerely,
    Seth

  • glenn cheney

    FYI, FWIW, U.S. mfgr are drying up, while govt contracts swirl in rumor Mills like dollars in those wind tunnels, but, ALL PRODUCTION IS BALLS TO THE WALLS BOYS on comblock platforms, AK’s, sniper rifles, 7.62×39, 7.62×54…but what nutz, stamped MADE IN THE USA.
    No comments out of MacDill.

  • Dave

    bfd… Copies of Russian mines, M14 came up from Ethiopia (Haile Selassie era), AMDs from Afghanistan, FALs from Libya–maybe, Turkish shotguns from Islamists in Turkey or the Turkish gov’t., PKMs from … well … pretty much anyplace in the Mid-East, even Egypt, and some seriously ancient U.S. pineapple hand grenades… What? No Soviet F1s?

  • mamad

    the conclusion for Iran supporting Daesh was just amazing.
    about weapons in hands of isil well you see iran backs and arms shia and sunni and even christian groups fighting isil in syria and iraq I think we all know that.
    now when there is a fight times happen when a group takes trophies from the other side like the weapons of them right? the whole trophy/booty thing isnt in your options on how they would reach hands on them?

  • b. griffin

    Shotty’s are likely door breachers.

  • Uniform223

    Does this really surprise anyone?

  • Keme Lochesh

    do you mean minus iran.