Osama Askar

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Osama Askar
Birth name Mohammed Osama Askar
Born (1957-04-17) 17 April 1957 (age 61)
Dakahlia, Egypt
Allegiance  Egypt
Service/branch Egyptian Army
Years of service 1978 -
Rank EgyLieutenant General.png Lieutenant General
Unit 11th Infantry Regiment
Commands held 141st Special Forces Regiment (2002-2005)
110th Independent Mechanized Brigade (2005-2009)
23rd Mechanized Division (2010-2013)
Third Field Army (2013-2015)

Lieutenant General Osama Askar is an Egyptian Army officer. He commands the Unified Command East of the Canal.

Askar was born in 1957 and attended the Nasser Military Academy. He has commanded a mechanized infantry brigade and the 23rd Mechanised Infantry Division, part of the Third Army.[1] Up until 2015 he commanded the Third Field Army.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi issued two declarations in January 2015. The first changed the force structure of the army by creating a "unified command" to oversee counterterrorism operations east of the Suez Canal.[2] The new command was created on Saturday, 31 January 2015. The second promoted Osama Askar, Third Army commander, to lieutenant general—one of a handful in the armed forces—and placed him in charge of the "unified command."[3] He will also retain his seat on the SCAF. Askar’s former deputy, Muhammad Abdullah, has been appointed commander, and Tarek Anwar Helal the chief of staff, of the Third Field Army.[4]


  1. ^ "Osama Askar — The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy". 22 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Egypt's New Military Brass". www.washingtoninstitute.org. Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  3. ^ "Egyptian army makes leadership changes". Middle East Monitor – The Latest from the Middle East. Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  4. ^ "Egypt: Land of the Generals". Middle East Eye. Retrieved 2016-01-30.