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  • Egyptian military tanks are moved into the northern Sinai Peninsula, where Bedouin leaders are pushing to take matters in their own hands and urging the government to arm their tribesmen for security. (Associated Press)

    Cairo, Bedouin in power struggle

    In Egypt's restive Sinai, Bedouin leaders are pushing to take matters into their own hands and urging the government to arm their tribesmen by creating a local security force in the peninsula, where the state is struggling to impose its authority and uproot Islamic militants who have attacked Egyptian troops and neighboring Israel.

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  • Leaders of main Bedouin tribes met with Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal el-Din, who is in charge of police, in late September and put forward the idea of the ministry taking on Bedouin to serve as a new security force, said Atiya Abu-Qardud, a sheik from the el-Ahiywat tribe in northern Sinai who participated in the meeting.

    Cairo, Bedouin in power struggle →

  • Mr. Abu-Qardud said that recruiting locals will help put an end to Islamic militant networks in northern Sinai and cross-border smuggling by offering local youths a chance to work with the government.

    Cairo, Bedouin in power struggle →

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