Minister of Defence Sedki Sobhi has made several new appointments in the Egyptian military’s leadership. These include the appointment of Mohamed El-Shahat as head of the Military Intelligence Services, Nasser Al-Assy as chief commander of the Second Field Army, and Osama Mounir as chief of the Navy, state-run newspaper Al-Ahram reported Sunday.
The new appointments are a continuation of a wave of promotions, as former Intelligence Chief Salah Badry was promoted to Deputy Minister of Defence, and Al-Assy is Al-Shahat’s successor.
This comes as the US State Department approved the sale of 356 AGM-114K/R3 Hellfire II Missiles to Egypt upon Egypt’s request, the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announced Saturday.
Egypt’s army is currently engaged in the Saudi-led “Operation Decisive Storm” in Yemen against the Houthi Shi’a rebels.