Saturday, January 31, 2015

Breaking : #Sisi forms new military entity to combat terrorism in #Egypt's #Sinai

Egypt's Supreme Council of the Armed forces with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi standing a moment of silence for the 31 martyrs of Sinai ahead of their meeting on October 25, 2014

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi formed a unified counter-terrorism entity on Saturday, two days after a series of militant attacks killed at least 30 people in the peninsula.

After a meeting with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), El-Sisi issued a decree naming Chief of Staff Osama Roshdy as head of the unit, which will deal with terrorist threats in parts of Egypt to the east of Suez – including the restive Sinai Peninsula.

Roshdy has been promoted to lieutenant-general.

He was born in 1957 in the governorate of Daqahlia in the Nile Delta. He graduated from the military faculty in 1970 and joined the infantry.

He has an MA in military sciences and is married with three children.

Scores of Egyptian soldiers were killed in coordinated militant attacks in North Sinai on Thursday night. An exact death toll has not been confirmed by military officials, but media reports suggest at least 30 died in the attacks, including a number of civilians.

Speaking about the death toll, Tariq Khater, undersecretary for North Sinai in the health ministry, told that only the military can issue an official death toll.