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Armed Forces will 'sacrifice lives' to defend Egypt from 'terrorists'
Speaking via semi-official Facebook page, Egyptian Armed Forces vows to defend country from 'terrorists, extremists'
Ahram Online , Wednesday 3 Jul 2013
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The military-affiliated Facebook page known as "the Administrator of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces official page" issued a statement in the early hours of Wednesday – entitled 'The Final Hours' – in which it vowed to "sacrifice lives" to combat terrorists.

"The General Commander of the armed forces has said that it is more honourable for us [the army] to die than for the Egyptian people to feel threatened or terrorised," the statement read.

Egypt's military commander-in-chief and defence minister is General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

"And we swear to God that we will sacrifice our blood for Egypt and its people against every terrorist, extremist or ignorant person," added the statement.

The declaration came only a few hours after a televised speech by President Mohamed Morsi, in which he defied opposition calls to step down and offered partial concessions to Egypt's political opposition.

Hours before Morsi's speech was aired, army spokesman Ahmed Ali refuted an earlier claim by the presidency that it would soon issue a statement in coordination with the military.

Tuesday marked the third day of mass protests in Egypt against President Morsi, which have been met with rival demonstrations by Islamists forces in support of the president's democratic legitimacy.

Notably, the army's 48-hour deadline to political forces to end the crisis – or face a military-imposed "roadmap" for Egypt's political future – will expire on Wednesday afternoon.

At least 17 people have been killed nationwide in political violence over the past week, raising fears of further street fighting in the event that the crisis escalates.





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mulugeta gudeta
28-03-2014 03:53pm
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Sisi and the American secret plan
Who doubts the CIA was behind the toppling of the Brothrhood unless one is utterly naive? Obama did not even have the courage to call Sisi's seizure of power a coup but hastened to hail the right wing fascist thugs in Kiev to call them heroes of democracy. The US turned a blind eye when thousands of democrats. Islamists, liberals and journalists were killed and jailed in Egypt but shed hot tears for 100 Ukrainians who died in Kiev. What hypocrisy on the part of Obama and America! NATO bombed Libya and overthrew Gaddafi but abandoned the country afterwards even though terrorism is the order of the day there. this was the handiwork of Obama and the US and the French! The lesson from this is that America does not care about Africa or the Arabs. As a superpower in decline they are busy saving their days by going everywhere to support anybody who serves their purpose. This is the symptom of the deadly illness the US are now caught up in.
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Mulugeta Gudeta
28-09-2013 12:45pm
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Egyptians now understand what the military is up to
Back in July this year when the military overthrew elected president Morsi, Egyptinas were fooled into thinking that the top brass was going to bring democracy to the country. That was false. The military only provoked the street protests against the brotherhoods in order to regain its power and privileges that were threatened with the overthrow of Mubarak. They have been waiting an opportune moment to strike back and Morsi was made the scapegoat to attain their secret desires. And now it took only a month or two for the military to show its true face by resorting to bloody reprisals and the outlawing of the Brotherhood which may have made mistakes during the single year it stayed in power. Many regimes in Africa make worse mistakes after ten or twenty years in power. The military in Egypt did not tolerate Morsi simply because it is alien to democracy and wants to preserve its power and privileges. And now the Egyptian people are waking up to the bitter reality that the military used them to topple Morsi and now is turning against them by locking up all opposition activists including liberals and journalists...etc. The Egyptian people will have to cast away all illusions in the military bringing democracy to Egypt and should return to the basic objectives and ideals of the Revolution which are rule of law, unconditional elections, inclusiveness, tolerance and national reconciliation since all the political forces in the country have made mistakes by embracing the military. Coptic Christians for instance should not support General Al Sisi. They should remain neutral and demand only religious tolerance and distance themselves from the generals that are now turning their backs to their so-called allies against Morsi. Morsi too has made mistakes by alienating the youth and all the liberal and leftist forces that fought against Mubarak. But this should not have served as a pretext to overthrow him because he had the mandate to rule for three years more and everybody should wait until then and use the ballot to deny him another chance afterwards. Now that all the damage is done to Egyptian democracy it is time to undo the damages and implement the demands and objectives of the Revolution. The alternative would be the consolidation of military rule more bloodshed and the final death of democracy. The anti coup demonstrations now under way are proof that Egyptians have now waken up to the biter reality of their mistake by trusting the military usurpers of democracy. In many Africa countries, including in my country Ethiopia, the military highjacked the revolution and stayed in power for 17 years by using the same tactics of divide and rule and deception. This is deja vu in all Africa and should not be allowed to be repeated in Egypt at this time in history when the choice is between democracy and tyranny. This may not mean the return of Morsi to power. It should however mean the return of the democratic ideals for which hundreds of innocent and young Egyptians have paid in blood and agony.
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Al-Misry
03-07-2013 04:28am
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TERRORIST
Your master USA fought mujahideen in Afghanistan for 13 years... At the moment they are begging for talks..... Where will your aid come from Israel or the sea behind you ?
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zaman
03-07-2013 03:32am
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The statement should Read like this
The Army should rather say .. And we swear to Mubarak that we will sacrifice our blood for Money and Power and against every person who participated in Democracy. I don't think any country whether it likes Morsi or not will side with a army which throws a democratically elected government that too after the knowing the record of the same army which ran the country for 30 years..
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ali
03-07-2013 03:29am
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true face is coming out now
Seem like this was planned all along to topple morsi. Morsi has majority with him and they know it. They know they cant defeat him in democratic way so started other attempts. But morsi is a man of Allah and no push over and they unestimated he's resolve. I advise the egyltian military to look at what happened to the syrain military before attemping anything and ask itself which military in the world has ever won with islamist? This time though islamist will become government forces and military will become terrorist wing of the opposition
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Mulugeta Gudeta
03-07-2013 09:34pm
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Another death of democracy in the arab world
Remember Algeria and the fate of the FIS whene it nearly won power in a democratic election. This is what has happened in Egypt now. The West does not care about democracy as long as islamists are wining elections. Morsi has been naive to trust the military that has beene coniving to overthrow him. The consequnces will be dire for Egyprians. How can a military that has defied democracy ensure democratic elections in the future?
Islam
03-07-2013 09:38am
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RIP Muslim Brotherhood
Your comment is shameful. You and the people you support are monafiqin, a grave status in Islam. Egypt has been a state for more years than you can count. Egyptians have been Muslims for more centuries than the Brotherhood can count. Egypt's army has been strong for more years than the Salafi's Wahhabi sponsors in Saudi and Qatar have been in existence. The Brotherhood was born in Egypt and will die in Egypt. No Islamist has faced the Egyptian people. This will be the war. You will lose. Alhamdulillah rab al alameen.

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