Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood seek to infiltrate, control powerful army: report

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Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is seeking to infiltrate the military establishment, overthrow its leadership and bring it fully under its control, Egyptian media reported Friday.

The Islamist movement is not happy with the military because the latter has refused to recruit more of its members and because the generals object to President Mohammed Mursi’s rapprochement with Iran, the daily al-Masry a-Youm reported, quoting sources.

Last February, similar reports claimed that the Brotherhood sought to overthrow the head of Egypt’s Armed Forces, General Abdulfatah al-Sisi, and other high-profile officers in a scenario similar to the ouster of Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi.

Al-Masry al-Youm's reported, however, that the military will not allow the ouster of another general and that Sisi enjoys wide support among military officers and the public at large.

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