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Egyptian Fury over Airstrikes and Firings

Egypt’s President Morsi, a former Muslim Brother, reacted resolutely to this week’s Sinai attacks, in which 16 Egyptian policemen were killed. As we noted earlier, the Egyptian military attacked unknown targets in Sinai from the air. Shortly thereafter, Morsi fired his intelligence chief, the commander of the military police, the head of the presidential guard, and the chief of Cairo security, among others. The heads are rolling in response to Egyptians’ anger over a lack of security and the apparent weakness of the government in Cairo.

But were these moves enough? Morsi was forced to stay away from a state funeral for the 16 slain Egyptian policemen, where mourners chanted slogans against him and the Brotherhood. His Prime Minister was forced to flee the mosque where the service was being held amid shouts of “You killed them, you dog!” and signs saying, “This funeral is for Egyptians, not the Brotherhood and their president.”

Many Egyptians are clearly unhappy with the new government’s security record over these first few weeks. Morsi has a lot work to do if he wants to avoid their wrath.

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  • Mick The Reactionary


    “Egypt’s President Morsi, a former Muslim Brother, reacted resolutely to this week’s Sinai attacks,”

    Mr Mead, you are such an easy mark.

    Some incompetent jihadis in Sinai made it easy for the Chief Moslem Bro to put his people in security positions and undermine the Army.

    For all we know the Chief Moslem Bro has planned the Sinai act.

  • Kris

    Mick@1: Surely you don’t think that the Egyptian president would undermine the Egyptian military!


  • Lorenz Gude

    Ah, reminds me of then good old days of Il Duce when any pretext to start a war would fly.

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