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15 Deliberately not Empty: Reading Cairo’s Unknown Soldier Monument

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Sādāt himself ordered the construction of Egypt's monument to the Unknown Soldier, aiming to commemorate the October 1973 war and its historical achievements. Since then, most Egyptians have perceived the October war as an unquestioned victory. The war plan, which was based on the element of surprise, began with a simultaneous attack by the armies of Egypt and Syria on Israel. The greater the commitment the Sādāt administration showed to al-Infitāḥ, the more apparent it became that its success was inescapably bound up with stability and security. For Cairo, the cornerstone of the new program therefore became its need to forge closer ties with the U.S., and to actively involve U.S. decision makers in resolving the conflict with Israel. The Monument to the Unknown Soldier is located in the Madīnat Naṣr district, in the northeastern part of Cairo.

Keywords: Cairo; Madīnat Naṣr; October war; Sādāt; Unknown Soldier Monument



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