In a "bold attempt" by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi "to assert the power of his office," the leader fired his intelligence chief on Wednesday, and asked his defense minister to replace the commander of Egypt's military police. Morsi's orders were in response to the killings of 16 soldiers during a Sunday attack by militants at a checkpoint near Egypt's border with Israel. The soldiers' deaths also prompted Egypt to begin airstrikes in the Sinai Peninsula early Wednesday. Morsi has also appointed a new head of his presidential guard.
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