IT IS now exactly a year since the Egyptian ar my overthrew Islamist president Mohammed Morsi. The dramatic move led by General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi was followed by an uncompromising crackdown on the Islamist Muslim Brothers and open hostility toward their allies outside Egypt – most prominently Hamas.

In Sisi’s view the battle against the Musli m Brotherhood is a fight for the survival of his regime. It is his highest priority an d sets the tone for both domestic and foreign policy. After a string of lethal terror attacks against soldiers and civilians, he declared the Muslim Brothers a terroris t organization. Thousands of its activists were arrested and severely punished.

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