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Saudi Arabia plays curious role

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Sep 15, 2016 at 05:00

I believe Al-Sisi still feels threatened by the Muslim Brotherhood, plus a new threat from Da'esh. He is therefore dependent on the good will of the military, and is unlikely to end favors to it.

Turkey is a case of the opposite situation: Erdogan's government is, essentially Turkish Muslim Brotherhood; and the President there is afraid of the military. This has led him to gut the leadership of the armed forces.

Saudi Arabia's role in all this is curious: they keep Sisi afloat with gifts, yet have had a close alliance with the Turks. I wonder which way things will turn.

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