Sisi decides to confront terrorism with special forces, military experts agree
Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Military experts agree with Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s decision Tuesday of assigning Special Forces from the armed sources to confront “terrorism,” Youm7 reported.

WikiLeaks released documents in 2008 and 2010 when former Minister of Defense Hussein Tantawi refused to execute the mission to counter internal attacks, On Masr news website reported Wednesday. Tantawi insisted that the Egyptian Army’s role is to secure the state from external danger with “traditional military leadership,” On Masr reported Wednesday.

“The WikiLeaks document CAIRO 000549 was issued in March 2009 and declared that the United States tried to convince the Egyptian Army to develop its missions and convoy to combat new regional threats. The mission would include developing security forces by the state borders and confronting terrorism,” according to On Masr Wednesday. The report pushed Washington to describe Tantawi as the “main obstacle before executing the experiment.”

Military expert Ali Hefzy told Youm7 Tuesday that assigning and arming Special Forces with military forces is a normal decision this such critical transitional phase to confront terroristic operations in Egypt.

Hefzy said such forces would be ready for “quick interference” once the terrorist operations happen to eliminate such violence.

Military expert Sameh Seif al-Yazal told Youm7 that the chosen members for this special forces are the best elements in the military forces and qualified for the mission. He said they were well trained to work under any hard conditions that may threaten the internal security state.

Assigning special forces will help and support security forces in stable checkpoints in the squares which are expected to be attacked, another military expert Hossam Sweilam told Dostor newspaper Tuesday. The special forces are well qualified and provided with modern weapons, including cameras, submachine guns, and helicopters.

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