08/08/12: Al Jazeera reports Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has fired intelligence chief Murad Muwafi in a major shakeup of military and intelligence ranks extending to the head of the Republican Guard and the governor of North Sinai. Wednesday’s decision comes several days after a deadly ambush in Sinai killed sixteen soldiers, prompting an unprecedented military crackdown in the peninsula. Morsi also ordered Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, the defense minister, to replace military police chief Hamdi Badeen and dismissed Abdel Wahab Mabruk, the governor of North Sinai where the attack
took place. The head of the Presidential Guard, the director of Security in Cairo, and the director of Central Security Forces have also been fired; it is unclear if these actions are related to the Sinai attack.