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The puzzling dismissal of Egypt’s top military commander

The reasons behind President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s unexpected decision to dismiss his Armed Forces’ Chief of Staff Mahmoud Hegazy on October 28 remain unclear, but available information hints at recent tensions between two men who have a history of personal rapport.

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Should Egypt arm Sinai tribes to confront extremists?

In the wake of the worst terrorist attack in Egypt’s history, Sinai tribesmen have begun calling on the government to arm them so they can help counter further such actions. The Nov. 24 bomb and shooting attack — thought to have been carried out by Wilayat Sinai, an Islamic State (IS) affiliate — at a Sufi mosque in the Bedouin village …

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Former police brigadier arrested after Egypt security criticism

The Egyptian authorities have arrested a former police brigadier for reasons believed to be linked to his criticism of the security forces in the wake of the deadly attack on a mosque in North Sinai last Friday. Brigadier Mahmoud Qutri is now a political and security analyst. No formal charges …

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Police kills 11 militants, arrests six during shootout in Ismailia

Egypt’s Interior Ministry said on Tuesday that 11 militants were killed another six arrested in a shootout with police forces during a raid in Ismailia Governorate aiming to arrest a group of militant leaders with links to North Sinai.

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