Egypt's military rulers warned that the country faces conspiracies to spread chaos as it prepared to mark the first anniversary of the overthrow of former President Hosni Mubarak.
The generals who have been leading Egypt since Mubarak's overthrow released a statement late on February 10 warning that the armed forces will not "bow to threats, nor succumb to pressures, nor accept ultimatums."
The statement came as Egypt was preparing for a general strike aimed at pressuring the military to relinquish power.
The military's statement said, without referring to any particular group, "We face conspiracies hatched against the homeland, whose goal is to undermine the institutions of the Egyptian state and whose aim is to topple the state itself so that chaos reigns and destruction spreads."
Compiled from agency reports