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Egypt army chief warns against slandering military

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April 11, 2013: In this image released by the Egyptian Presidency, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, center, poses with military officers after a meeting with the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces in Cairo, Egypt. (AP)

Egypt's army chief has warned against slandering the military, denying the military committed any abuses against protesters during the turbulent transition of the past two years.

Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi spoke late Thursday following a meeting between the country's top brass and Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.

El-Sissi's comments come after media leaked parts of a report by a fact-finding mission commissioned by Morsi that documented abuses by the armed forces during its nearly 17-month rule after the 2011 fall of autocrat Hosni Mubarak. The report found that the army unlawfully detained protesters and was possibly involved in killings of some.

El-Sissi swore the military "didn't kill, didn't order any killings" since the uprising and warned against defaming the military.

Speaking alongside el-Sissi, Morsi said he won't allow such "slanders."