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Egyptian Defense Minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi (left), President Mohammed Morsi (center) and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Sami Annan attend a medal ceremony at a military base east of Cairo last month. The president ordered the retirement of the defense minister and chief of staff on Sunday. (Associated Press)

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Egyptian Defense Minister Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi (left), President Mohammed Morsi (center) and Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Sami Annan attend a medal ceremony at a military base east of Cairo last month. The president ordered the retirement of the defense minister and chief of staff on Sunday. (Associated Press)

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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (right) speaks to the media as Field Marshal Gen. Hussein Tantawi (second from right) listens during their visit to El Arish, in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula, on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)

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In this Sunday, Aug. 6, 2012 image released by the Egyptian President, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, right, speaks to the media as Field Marshal Gen. Hussein Tantawi, second right, listens during their visit to El Arish, Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)

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In this Sunday, Aug. 6, 2012 image released by the Egyptian President, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, right, speaks to the media as Field Marshal Gen. Hussein Tantawi, second right, listens during their visit to El Arish, Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)

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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (right) speaks to the media as Field Marshal Gen. Hussein Tantawi (second from right) listens during their visit to El Arish, in Egypt's northern Sinai Peninsula, on Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Egyptian Presidency)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is greeted Tuesday by Egyptian Defense Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi in Cairo. Mr. Panetta also met for the first time with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. (Associated Press)

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Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is greeted Tuesday by Egyptian Defense Minister Mohamed Hussein Tantawi in Cairo. Mr. Panetta also met for the first time with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. (Associated Press)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walks with Hussein Tantawi to a meeting at the Ministry of Defense in Cairo on Sunday. Mrs. Clinton is holding talks with Egypt’s top military leaders to press the military to work with Egypt’s new Islamist leaders on a full transition. (Associated Press)

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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton walks with Hussein Tantawi to a meeting at the Ministry of Defense in Cairo on Sunday. Mrs. Clinton is holding talks with Egypt’s top military leaders to press the military to work with Egypt’s new Islamist leaders on a full transition. (Associated Press)

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Egyptian Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi greets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton before a meeting at the Ministry of Defense in Cairo on Sunday, July 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

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Egyptian Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi greets U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton before a meeting at the Ministry of Defense in Cairo on Sunday, July 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)

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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (center) is flanked by Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi (left) and Chief of Staff Sami Anan at a ceremony at an Air Force base in Cairo on Tuesday. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives in the Egyptian capital on Saturday amid growing concern in Washington that a power struggle in Egypt could imperil the transition to democratic rule. (Associated Press)

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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (center) is flanked by Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi (left) and Chief of Staff Sami Anan at a ceremony at an Air Force base in Cairo on Tuesday. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrives in the Egyptian capital on Saturday amid growing concern in Washington that a power struggle in Egypt could imperil the transition to democratic rule. (Associated Press)

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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (left) joins Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi (center) and Chief of Staff Sami Anan (right) at a ceremony at an air force base in Cairo on Tuesday. Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament opened a new front in the country's leadership showdowns Tuesday by meeting in defiance of orders that disbanded the chamber and brought Mr. Morsi in conflict with both the powerful military and the highest court. (Associated Press)

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Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi (left) joins Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi (center) and Chief of Staff Sami Anan (right) at a ceremony at an air force base in Cairo on Tuesday. Egypt's Islamist-dominated parliament opened a new front in the country's leadership showdowns Tuesday by meeting in defiance of orders that disbanded the chamber and brought Mr. Morsi in conflict with both the powerful military and the highest court. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates (left) meets with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the Egyptian Armed Forces Supreme Council, in Cairo on Thursday, March 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool)