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U.S. suspends more arms shipments to Egypt

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The Obama administration announced Oct. 9 that it will suspend deliveries of Apache attack helicopters, Harpoon anti-ship missiles and M1A1 tanks to Egypt to prod that country to transition to democracy.

The decision comes on top of an earlier decision to hold up transfers of F-16 fighter jets and postpone the Bright Star military exercise.

Not all military aid to Egypt will be cut off. Administration officials said the United States will continue to support military training and education and provide spare parts and related services.

“And this week, right now in the United States, there are Egyptian military officers in classrooms, receiving training about counterterrorism, meeting shared security objectives, and really building those relationships that have been maintained for generations. And that will continue,” one of the officials said.

The administration plans to review its aid decisions periodically, raising the possibility that full assistance could resume if Egypt’s military-run government makes progress toward restoring democracy. The military removed elected President Mohamed Morsi from office in July after mass protests called for his resignation.

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