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A Tale Of Two Massive Rallies In Egypt

Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi attend a protest near Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo on Friday.
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Muslim Brotherhood supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi attend a protest near Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo on Friday.

At the request of Egypt's army chief, Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, many Egyptians took to the street Friday to give him a mandate for what he calls a "war against terrorism" on Islamists.

His call drew a huge response from those opposed to Mohammed Morsi, but it also brought out large numbers of supporters of the ousted president who is allied with the Muslim Brotherhood.

As the following photographs show, anti-Morsi protesters rallied in Cairo's Tahrir Square ...

An Egyptian police helicopter flies over Tahrir Square, as protesters demonstrate in support of armed forces in Cairo on Friday.
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An Egyptian police helicopter flies over Tahrir Square, as protesters demonstrate in support of armed forces in Cairo on Friday.

... while those allied with Morsi gathered near the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque.

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Krishnadev Calamur is NPR's deputy Washington editor. In this role, he helps oversee planning of the Washington desk's news coverage. He also edits NPR's Supreme Court coverage. Previously, Calamur was an editor and staff writer at The Atlantic. This is his second stint at NPR, having previously worked on NPR's website from 2008-15. Calamur received an M.A. in journalism from the University of Missouri.