US Cutting Major Military Aid to Egypt
Obama administration to risk damaging ties with Middle East ally
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 9, 2013 5:20 PM CDT
In this Wednesday, April 24, 2013, file photo, US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel stands with an Egyptian army official before laying a wreath at the tomb of late President Anwar al-Sadat in Cairo.   (Jim Watson)

(Newser) – Shifting its stance with an Arab ally, Washington will cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Egypt in response to the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi and the crackdown by the military-backed government on his supporters. The US provides $1.5 billion in aid each year to Egypt. While the State Department did not provide a dollar amount of what was being withheld, most of it was expected to be military aid. A US official said the aid being withheld included 10 Apache helicopters at a cost of about $500 million.

The US decision to slash aid to Egypt will create new friction in Washington's already uneasy relations with the government that ousted the first democratically elected Egyptian president. And the consequences won't end there: The move will anger Persian Gulf states and push Egypt to seek assistance from US rivals. The US will still provide funding in areas including health, education, and counter-terrorism. The announcement comes the day after a US official claimed that Washington was cutting all aid to Egypt. In other Egypt news, the politically charged trial of former President Mohammed Morsi has been scheduled to start on Nov. 4, the AP reports.

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SaturnGirl
Oct 12, 2013 5:22 PM CDT
About damn time. How about we take care of our own troops and aging equipment before we buy other countries fancy new toys. Hope they continue to keep reducing aid until it is nothing.
specialk
Oct 11, 2013 3:20 PM CDT
Given our ever-increasing National Debt, the nation-wide deteriorating infrastructure and the crushing tax-burden for all Americans, why are we giving money to anyone, anywhere? We provide military protection to most of the free-world's population and we continue to throw money at every tin-pot dictator and ostensible "ally". WHY?? We're told from our early school years that "you can't buy friends". For those out there that have a set of Biblical-based values, "don't cast your pearls before swine". So . . . the Egyptians are upset about not getting any free money. They seem strikingly familiar to a lot of welfare-handout folks here at home.
Who_Cares
Oct 10, 2013 2:46 PM CDT
Egypt is our ally in the Middle East regardless what they do to their own people but I am not going support Muslims with my tax dollar to threat me.