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Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi salutes as he inspects troops with Defense Minister Sedki Sobhy in Suez, Egypt, on Oct. 29. Egypt launched a major shakeup of its security services on Saturday in an apparent reaction to an ambush by militants outside Cairo a week earlier that killed at least 16 troops. (MENA via AP)

On Friday, Egyptians were startled to hear an announcement from a hitherto unknown terrorist group calling itself “Ansar al-Islam.” The group proudly claimed responsibility for a devastating attack on security forces that took place two weeks ago in the desert west of Cairo. Sixteen policemen were killed.

Although little was known about the group that committed the attack or the actual number of Egyptian lives lost, one detail was clear. The Egyptian government had suffered an embarrassing defeat.

The attack was followed by an equally unprecedented reshuffle at the top of the security forces. Last weekend came the sacking of Mahmoud Hegazy, the armed forces chief of staff.…  Seguir leyendo »