Major General Abbas Kamal
Major General Abbas Kamal

According to an informed source in the Interior Ministry, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, president of Egypt, plans to make fundamental changes to the intelligence system in the near future, so that he separates the National Security Department from the Ministry of the Interior and integrates it along with The Military Intelligence and Reconnaissance Administration in The General Intelligence Directorate of Egypt till the whole system continues its work on Major General Abbas Kamel’s head under the supervision of the National Defense Council.

The informed source insisted that this recent decision by Sisi was due to differences between The Military Intelligence and Reconnaissance Administration and The General Intelligence Directorate. The differences were also because of task interference of the two Egyptian Intelligence Service in the fight against terrorism in the north of Sinai. Experts believe that this decision by Sisi expresses his dissatisfaction about the operation of the system.

The source continued: the disagreement and Sisi’s dissatisfaction of the two Egyptian Intelligence Services is not limited to the difference between them, but returns to Sisi’s great fear of being relations between the old military officers of these Intelligence Services and regional political actors who can be a threat to the continuity of Sisi’s regime.

Because loyalty to the former officers of the Intelligence Services, specifically Omar Suleiman, has always been suspicious and doubtful. Just as concerns about unendingly having the associations of some senior military elites and retired senior military officers, such as the former chief of the general staff of the armed forces Sami Hafez Anan and former candidate for the presidency of Egypt Ahmed Mohamed Shafik Zaki, with some of the officers and directorates of The General Intelligence Directorate of Egypt.

It is worth noting that these changes that Abdel Fattah Sisi has created in consultation with some senior US advisers are in line with the major changes that have taken place in 2014 in The General Intelligence Directorate of Egypt to cleanse the system and replace its loyal forces. Also, a logical connection could be found between these changes and the changes in the security systems of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Source; Brian H.Hayden


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