In delaying a scheduled shipment of F-16 fighter jets to the Egyptian military, the Obama administration seems to seek to put some daylight between itself and the new, largely military-led regime in Egypt.
At issue is whether the July 3 protests that toppled president Mohammed Morsi is to be considered a coup. If it is, under U.S. law, all aid money must be halted, putting not just the four F-16s, but the entire $1 billion a year military package in jeopardy.
Obama made decision on delaying F-16 fighter jet delivery to Egypt with the unanimous consent of national security team: Pentagon #breaking
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“We are reviewing our obligations and are consulting with Congress about the way forward,” a State Department official told Fox News.
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