Is an Egyptian Military Coup Underway?

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July 3 2013 1:03 PM

Is an Egyptian Military Coup Underway?

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CAIRO, EGYPT - JULY 03: Thousands of Egyptian protesters begin to gather in Tahrir Square as the deadline given by the military to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi approaches on July 3, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. Some observers suggest a military coup is currently underway.

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Scattered reports are emerging from Egypt that a military coup may be underway. The coup was predicted by some when the army gave President Morsi an ultimatum to comply with protestors' requests by today. He hasn't, and now the army appears to be rolling in.

It is unclear whether the army is truly there "for security," as they have claimed, or whether they are beginning a government takeover. Either way, there are reports that security forces have placed a travel ban on the president. We'll have more as the story develops.

Mark Joseph Stern is a writer for Slate. He covers science, the law, and LGBTQ issues.