Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Egypt in Disarray the Military Regime Faces Growing Opposition

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Egypt in Disarray the Military Regime Faces Growing Opposition

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Egypt, under President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and U.S. policy, could be headed downhill toward the chaos of nearby Libya, Syria and Yemen.

During the advent of the Arab Spring in 2011, the Egyptians were in the front ranks of democratization. They overthrew a 30-year dictator, former Gen. Hosni Mubarak, then held democratic elections, choosing the previously underground Muslim Brotherhood's Mohammed Morsi as president. He was clumsy in office, and the Egyptian military, led by then Gen. Sisi, carried out a coup and locked up Mr. Morsi and other civilian leaders.

The United States, in quest of payment for American companies' military sales to Egypt and stability on Israel's borders, looked the other way on the coup, which by U.S. law should have resulted in a cutoff of Egypt's $1.5 billion in aid. Gen. Sisi then ran for president and was elected with a laughable 96 percent of the vote. The Obama administration has stood behind him.

Despite Mr. Sisi's heavy-handedness, his regime faces threats from car bombs and other violence by the again underground Muslim Brotherhood and from rebel groups in the Sinai peninsula, some of which claim loyalty to the Islamic State group. …

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