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The Arab Republic of Egypt shares land borders with Sudan to the south, Libya to the west and Israel to the east. Egypt borders the Mediterranean Sea to the north and the Red Sea to the east.

Much of Egypt is covered by desert, including the Western Desert and the Sinai peninsula in the east. These areas are sparsely populated and difficult to reach. Military operations in these arid regions require specialized units, leading to a higher degree of specialization than might...

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