September 19, 2013

Memo to Obama - Just stand back on Egypt

ATTN: Pres. Obama

TOPIC: Keep your nose out of Egypt for the present
SUMMARY: Egyptian security forces are engaged in weakening Islamist strongholds after police were killed by Morsi supporters.  This does not concern U.S. interests.  This is not violent suppression of innocent protesters.  Let the situation play out and do not condemn the action. Stand back, and let this internal matter be handled internally.  Just like you did on Syria for a year, and unlike you did initially in Egypt.
NOTE:  The crucial detail is buried well into the story and is still positioned as an anti-government news item.  Do not fall victim to this ploy president Obama.

DETAILS: (emphasis added)
KERDASA, Egypt (AP) - Egyptian security forces backed by armored fighting vehicles and helicopters stormed a town known to be an Islamist stronghold outside of Cairo near the Great Pyramids on Thursday, coming under barrages of fire from gunmen on rooftops as they searched door to door for militants.

A police general fell in the first moments of the battle at around 6 a.m. Gen. Nabil Farrag had just given a pep talk to his men on the street, preparing them to roll into the town of Kerdasa, when they came under a hail of gunfire, according to an Associated Press photographer and video journalists at the scene.

Army soldiers and policemen ducked for cover behind armored vehicles and behind walls. Farrag fell with a bullet wound in his right side, getting past the body armor he was wearing. He lay in the street for nearly 15 minutes, blood soaking through his white uniform, until his men could reach him and carry him into a sedan to take to a hospital.

The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of the police, later announced Farrag's death.

The assault on Kerdasa underlined a stepped-up resolve by the military-backed government to suppress strongholds of supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi. Earlier this week, a large army-police force stormed Dalga, a town in southern Egypt, to break the hold of Islamic militants who took control there after the military toppled Morsi on July 3.

Kerdasa carries more strategic importance than Dalga since it is a short drive away from Cairo's center and is near the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt's primary tourist attraction.

The town witnessed a brutal assault on security forces last month when heavily armed Morsi supporters killed 15 police officers and mutilated their bodies. The attack was part of a wave of retaliatory violence around the country after security forces cracked down on the main pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo with heavy assaults that killed hundreds.

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