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Islamist groups offer to end protests in Egypt

Truce linked to military easing its crackdown

CAIRO — Two former militant groups offered to call off street protests if the government agrees to ease its pressure on Islamists, a move that underscores how a onetime-strong movement is now bowing to an unprecedented crackdown by security authorities.

The proposed truce on demonstrations is being viewed as a sign of cracks within the Islamist alliance led by the Muslim Brotherhood, with much of its leadership either imprisoned or on the run.

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