Meet Lieutenant-General Osama Askar: The Egyptian Armed Forces' new Chief of Staff

Ahram Online , Thursday 28 Oct 2021

Lieutenant-General Osama Askar was appointed by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Wednesday as the new Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces.

 Osama Askar
Lieutenant General Osama Askar, Egypt s new Chief of Staff of the Egyptian Armed Forces. File photo

Askar succeeds Lieutenant-General Mohamed Farid, who was appointed by the president as a presidential adviser for the national ‘Decent Life’ (Haya Karima) initiative.

Who is Osama Askar?

- Osama Ahmed Rushdy Abdallah Askar was born in 1957 in Dakahliya governorate.

- He graduated from the 70th class of the Military Academy.

- He earned a Master’s in Military Sciences and the fellowship of the Nasser Higher Military Academy.

- He assumed several leading positions in the army’s infantry division and commanded a mechanised infantry brigade.

- Askar also commanded the operations branch at the Military Operations Authority.

- He served as commander of the Third Field Army.

- He served earlier as the Chief of Staff of the Third Field Army.

- In January 2015, El-Sisi promoted Askar to the Lieutenant-General rank.

- He served as the commander of east of the Suez Canal and counterterrorism. 

- He served as the assistant to the General Commander of the Armed Forces for Sinai Development Affairs.

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