The Yom Kippur War Came as a Surprise to the Egyptians as Well, Documents Show

The war’s beginning was decided upon many months and weeks before it began and the date was a closely-kept secret that foreign intelligence failed to crack.

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“We had a report in CIA [sic] in late May 1973 that said, ‘Egypt and Syria will start war against Israel on the 6th of October,’” CIA Deputy Director Gen. Vernon Walters said in a lecture to the U.S. Army...