Wars of Modern Egypt
Wars of Modern Egypt—While the basic story of Ancient Egypt is well known: images of pyramids, mummies, and the stories of the Old Testament/Torah, tales of Pharaohs, Moses, plagues and such, in popular culture, and the stories of Antony and Cleopatra have captivated Western audiences for decades. That is an Egypt which has not existed for thousands of years. The rule of Egyptian monarchs ended with Cleopatra. What followed were centuries of rule by foreigners: The Romans, The Greeks and Byzantines, Muslim conquerors from Arabia, the Turks, the French, and lastly, the British.
This page on the Wars of Modern Egypt begins with the French conquest by Napoleon in 1798. Please see the list of wars of modern Egypt below. This list is up to date with information on the 2011 Egyptian Revolution and the 2013 coup and violence.
Wars of Egypt (1798-
Napoleon’s Conquest of Egypt (1798-
Egyptian Revolution (1803-
Ali’s Massacre of the Mamelukes (1811)-
Wahabi War (1811-
Albanian Mercenary Mutiny (1815)-
Egyptian Conquest of the Sudan (1820-
Greek War of Independence (1821-
Urabi Revolt/British Conquest of Egypt (1881-
Sudanese War (1881-
Sudanese War (1896-
The First World War (1914-
Sanusi Revolt in Egypt (1915-
The Second World War (1940-
Israeli Raid on Gaza (Feb. 28, 1955)—Israeli forces conducted a raid, a response to repeated guerrilla attacks and the seizure of an Israeli ship by Egypt, which resulted in the deaths of 51 Egyptian soldiers and 8 Israeli troops. This raid was the largest of its kind against Arab forces since the end of the First Arab-
Yemen Civil War (1962-
The War of Attrition (1968-
The Second Persian Gulf War (1990-
Muslim Brotherhood Rebellion (1990s-
Political Unrest in Egypt (2011)-
Islamist Rebellion in Sinai (2011-Present)-
By late 2014, the Jihadists in Sinai had aligned themselves with the Islamic State (also known as ISIL or ISIS) based in Syria and Iraq.
Military Coup and Violence (2013)-
Libyan Civil War (2014)-Egypt has aided the anti-Jihadist forces in Libya. Egypt allowed the United Arab Emireates (UAE) to use Egyptian bases when the UAE intervened with warplanes and bombed the Jihadi militia Ansar al-Sharia near Benghazi in October. Egypt has also been heavily involved in training Libyan government forces to combat the Jihadists.
Egyptian Intervention Against the Islamic State in Libya (February, 2015)-
Sources and Links on the History of Egypt:
1. Kohn, George C. Dictionary of Wars. New York: Facts On File Publications. 1999.
2. Dupuy, R. Ernest and Trevor N. Dupey. The Harper Encyclopedia of Military History: From 3500 B.C. to the Present New York, New York: Harper & Row. 1993.