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SCAF meeting discusses security, El-Sisi for president: MENA

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces holds a meeting Monday headed by Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi

Ahram Online, Monday 27 Jan 2014
Field Marshal Abdel Fattah El-Sisi
Field Marshal Abdel Fattah El-Sisi attending the eighth educational seminar (Photo courtesy of Egypt's army spokesman's official Facebook page)
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The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) held a meeting on Monday headed by military chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

A source told the Middle East News Agency (MENA) the meeting discussed recent security issues in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula as well as calls for El-Sisi to run for president.

Tens of thousands took the streets on Saturday, marking the third anniversary of the 25 January revolution, with many calling for El-Sisi to nominate himself for the presidency.

On Sunday, four soldiers died and 13 were injured when militants attacked their bus in Sinai. A wave of attacks have targeted security forces since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

On Monday, Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour issued a presidential decree promoting El-Sisi, the army chief and minister of defence, to the rank of Field Marshal.

Until his appointment as minister of defence by Morsi in August 2012, El-Sisi had been serving as head of military intelligence since 2010.

His popularity soared after 3 July 2013, when he announced the ouster of Morsi amid nationwide mass protests against the Islamist president's troubled one-year rule.

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Khofo, Giza
27-01-2014 04:00pm
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Faild Sinai Battle
I fought in Sinai (Bir Hasana) in 1973. We need better strategy than what we have now; tit-for-Tate or revenge from local residents. It is complete failure and must be changed. We need to insist on disarmament by different ways including brutal force. This first step should be followed by economic development, education, ... This is the opinion of world top military professors in war academies. King Tohotmos thousands of years ago, disarmed Gaza to ensure full control of Egypt gateway. I am sad for the mental state of modern Egyptians.
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