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US halts delivery of F-16 jets to Egypt

Washington, July 24, 2013

US President Barack Obama has decided to halt the delivery of F-16 fighter jets to Egypt for an undetermined period due to the "current situation" on the ground there, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

"Given the current situation in Egypt, we do not believe it is appropriate to move forward at this time with the delivery of F-16s," Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters, adding Obama's decision was made with the unanimous consent of his entire national security team.

Violence has surged in Egypt since the military overthrow of Mohamed Mursi, Egypt's first democratically elected president. – Reuters




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