US Ends Curbs on Military Aid for Egypt Junta

Aid Halted Following Bloody 2013 Coup

Certain aspects of US military aid to Egypt were frozen in late 2013, following the summer military coup in that nation and the extremely bloody crackdown on supporters of the ousted democratic government.

The US was never particularly fond of the elected government in Egypt at any rate, and it seemed fairly reluctant to impose the curbs at all, which President Obama has today announced are being released to support Egypt’s regional wars against “extremists.” Reportedly he delivered the news to junta head Abdul-Fattah ElSisi personally.

Though the wars weren’t too directly referenced by US officials, they include Egypt’s attempts to install a military dictator of Libya, nominally to battle ISIS, and their involvement in the Saudi war in Yemen, which attempts to restore an ousted military dictator there.

The US aid includes 12 F-16 fighter jets and 125 tank kits, part of $1.3 billion in foreign aid provided by the US annually to the massive Egyptian military.

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