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    Egypt Creates New Anti-Terror Unit to Counter Muslim Brotherhood Threat

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    A new counter-terrorism unit has been authorized in Egypt, in a decision endorsed by the country's President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

    MOSCOW, February 1 (Sputnik) — Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has announced the creation of a new counter-terrorism unit, just two days after at least 32 people were killed by militants in the Sinai Peninsula, the news agency Al Arabiya reported on Sunday.

    In a clear nod to the Muslim Brotherhood movement, Al-Sisi said that Egypt is now at war with "the strongest secret organization of the last two centuries."

    "That means Egyptians took the most critical decisions in  modern history, on June 30 and July 3, 2013," he added, referring to the mass protests against then-President Mohamed Morsi, something that finally led to his overthrow.

    Al-Sisi made his Chief of Staff Osama Roshdy the head of the new unit, which will be tasked with tackling terror threats east of the Suez, including within restive areas in the Sinai Peninsula.

    Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood has said that they were terrified by the killings in Sinai, and that the army should stop displacing people in the volatile peninsula.

    "There is no solution to this situation, except by returning the army to its barracks," the Muslim Brotherhood warned.

    The Egyptian government draws direct parallels between the Muslim Brotherhood, the Islamic State group and the al-Qaeda in Sinai Peninsula organization, which Cairo says share the same ideology and  undermine the country's security.


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