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Egypt's Brotherhood entrenched for war of attrition

Egyptian students of al-Azhar University who support Muslim Brotherhood raise hands showing four-finger sign, called Rabaa (four) in Arabic, associated with crackdown on supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi,in Cairo on Dec 10, 2013Unbowed by a savage crackdown, Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood promises a war of attrition against the army chief who ousted it from power and appears certain to win next week’s election. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the now retired field marshal who overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and the frontrunner in the May 26-27 presidential election, has pledged to wipe out the movement. Since Morsi’s overthrow in July, he has been arrested along with the leadership of his Brotherhood. “As the Brotherhood, we’ve been psychologically prepared for the long run,” said one who asked to be identified as Ahmed, a pseudonym.

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