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Senate aide: U.S. military aid to Egypt has stopped

Aug. 20, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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WASHINGTON — A Senate aide says the Obama administration has halted military aid to Egypt.

David Carle, an aide to Sen. Patrick Leahy, said the Senate Appropriations panel for foreign relations has been informed that the “transfer of military aid was stopped.”

He said the suspension reflects the administration’s “current practice, not necessarily official policy.” He said there is no indication how long military assistance will be held up.

The Obama administration says it’s reviewing U.S. aid to Egypt in light of the military’s July 3 overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi and the ongoing crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood supporters.

But it says it has made no final decisions.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington still hasn’t delivered some $585 million for 2013. That’s almost half the annual military aid package.

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