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Egyptian leader, head of military meet to show unity

Morsi warns against slander of armed forces

CAIRO — Egypt’s Islamist president made a strong show of unity with the military, standing by the country’s top general and warning in a statement broadcast Friday against ‘‘slandering’’ the armed forces after leaks from a report, which the president himself commissioned, implicated troops in the killing of protesters.

The findings of the report — if confirmed, since the report itself has not been made public — are potentially embarrassing for the military, which has presented itself as the ally of protesters in the 18-day uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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