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Senator: Obama Administration Secretly Suspended Military Aid to Egypt

Posted By admin On August 20, 2013 @ 5:04 am In Featured Stories,World News | Comments Disabled

Josh Rogin
The Daily Beast [1]
August 20, 2013

The U.S. government has decided privately to act as if the military takeover of Egypt was a coup, temporarily suspending most forms of military aid, despite deciding not to announce publicly a coup determination [2] one way or the other, according to a leading U.S. senator.

In the latest example of its poorly understood Egypt policy [3], the Obama administration has decided to temporarily suspend the disbursement of most direct military aid, the delivery of weapons to the Egyptian military, and some forms of economic aid to the Egyptian government while it conducts a broad review of the relationship. The administration won’t publicly acknowledge all aspects of the aid suspension and maintains its rhetorical line that no official coup determination has been made, but behind the scenes, extensive measures to treat the military takeover of Egypt last month as a coup are being implemented on a temporary basis.

The office of Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the head of the Appropriations State and Foreign Operations Subcommittee, told The Daily Beast on Monday that military aid to Egypt has been temporarily cut off.

“[Senator Leahy’s] understanding is that aid to the Egyptian military has been halted, as required by law,” said David Carle, a spokesman for Leahy.

Full article here [1]

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[1] The Daily Beast: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/19/senator-obama-administration-secretly-suspended-military-aid-to-egypt.html

[2] not to announce publicly a coup determination: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/07/03/despite-obama-administration-s-entreaties-egyptian-military-deposes-morsi.html

[3] poorly understood Egypt policy: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/08/16/how-obama-lost-his-influence-in-egypt.html

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