Tanks on the roads of Egypt
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Army's crucial role in events in Egypt

The army in Egypt has been widely seen as the country's most powerful institution and for three decades it has been loyal to President Hosni Mubarak.

The pledge by the army not to attack demonstrators is being seen as a signal that the Mubarak regime is possibly coming to an end.

The BBC's John Simpson reports.

  • 31 Jan 2011
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