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U.S. to cut military aid to Egypt after coup and continuous turmoil in the country

Tigrai Online, October 09, 2013

President Obama on Wednesday suspended delivery of <strong>four fighter jets to Egypt
U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the move to suspend assistance -- more than $1 billion is given each year -- has been prompted by an "accumulation of events,"

The United States is preparing to announce a decision "in the coming days" on assistance to Egypt, the White House said Tuesday, and U.S. officials told CNN military aid will be cut, though not all of it.

The announcement comes in the wake of the July coup against President Mohamed Morsy and the turmoil that has followed as recently as this week, one U.S. official said Tuesday.

However, some military aid could continue, including funds to uphold Egypt's obligations under its peace treaty with Israel, and money for counterterrorism and security in Sinai, where extremists have been able to set up base, according to a senior U.S. official. The United States will also maintain nonmilitary funding that helps democracy promotion, the official said.

In an initial report about the announcement, CNN did not specify that these portions of the aid would continue.

Source: CNN -  http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/08/us/egypt-aid/index.html

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