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Insight: Egypt's army tiptoes through democracy's minefield

Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi (R) meets with Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah Sisi in Cairo in this August 22, 2012 file picture. To match Insight EGYPT-ARMY/ REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Handout/Files

Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi (R) meets with Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah Sisi in Cairo in this August 22, 2012 file picture. To match Insight EGYPT-ARMY/ REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Handout/Files

Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi (R) meets with Defence Minister General Abdel Fattah Sisi in Cairo in this August 22, 2012 file picture. To match Insight EGYPT-ARMY/ REUTERS/Egyptian Presidency/Handout/Files
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Members of the Egyptian Army keep guard near burnt vehicles in front of a police station, which was stormed into and set on fire by protesters, in the city of Suez in this January 28, 2013 file picture. To match Insight EGYPT-ARMY/ REUTERS/Stringer/Files (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)

Members of the Egyptian Army keep guard near burnt vehicles in front of a police station, which was stormed into and set on fire by protesters, in the city of Suez in this January 28, 2013 file picture. To match Insight EGYPT-ARMY/...more

Members of the Egyptian Army keep guard near burnt vehicles in front of a police station, which was stormed into and set on fire by protesters, in the city of Suez in this January 28, 2013 file picture. To match Insight EGYPT-ARMY/ REUTERS/Stringer/Files (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY)
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Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi gather near a military tank as they take part in a march despite a nighttime curfew in the city of Suez in this January 28, 2013 file picture. To match Insight EGYPT-ARMY REUTERS/Stringer/Files (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY) -

Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi gather near a military tank as they take part in a march despite a nighttime curfew in the city of Suez in this January 28, 2013 file picture. To match Insight EGYPT-ARMY REUTERS/Stringer/Files...more

Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi gather near a military tank as they take part in a march despite a nighttime curfew in the city of Suez in this January 28, 2013 file picture. To match Insight EGYPT-ARMY REUTERS/Stringer/Files (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST MILITARY) -
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Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi smiles during a meeting with South Korea's presidential envoy and former Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan (not pictured) at the presidential palace in Cairo in this October 8, 2012 file picture. To match Insight EGYPT-ARMY/ REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Files (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT PROFILE)

Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi smiles during a meeting with South Korea's presidential envoy and former Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan (not pictured) at the presidential palace in Cairo in this October 8, 2012 file picture. To match Insight...more

Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi smiles during a meeting with South Korea's presidential envoy and former Foreign Minister Yu Myung-hwan (not pictured) at the presidential palace in Cairo in this October 8, 2012 file picture. To match Insight EGYPT-ARMY/ REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Files (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS HEADSHOT PROFILE)
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