Friday, October 11, 2013

US Cuts Aid To Egypt As Violence Continues

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Brandon Turbeville
Activist Post

In the wake of tensions that rose up all across Egypt in the days before the 40th Anniversary of the war with Israel on Sunday October 6 and culminating in a day of intense violence that pitted fanatical Muslim Brotherhood fighters against the Egyptian military government, the United States has announced the suspension of significant amounts of military aid to the government of Egypt.

Early on Tuesday, it was reported by a number of mainstream outlets that an unnamed U.S. official stated that “the United States was leaning toward withholding most military aid to Egypt except to promote counterterrorism, security in the Sinai Peninsula and other such priorities.”

The Jerusalem Post reported that “The official said US President Barack Obama had not made a final decision on the issue, which has vexed US officials as they balance a desire to be seen promoting democracy and rights with a desire to keep up cooperation with Egypt’s military.”

Although the White House denied any change in its policy of aid to Egypt, announcements have now officially been made confirming that the United States is suspending a large portion of its military and other aid to the Middle Eastern nation. As it stands at the time of the writing of this article, the United States is halting a $260 million cash transfer as well as a $300 million loan guarantee that had been scheduled to take place. The U.S. has also halted the delivery of “large scale military systems such as tanks, F-16 jets and Apache helicopters.”