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US Halts Millions of Dollars in Egyptian Aid

The United States says it is withholding hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid and cash assistance to Egypt, until authorities in Washington see "credible progress" toward free elections and a democratic civilian government.

A State Department release described the move as a halt in the delivery of "certain large-scale military systems." It did not elaborate. But early reports quote other officials as saying the move includes stopping delivery of Apache helicopters, anti-ship missiles and tank parts.

The statement said Washington will continue to provide health and education assistance, as well as help aimed at securing Egypt's borders.

President Barack Obama told the United Nations General Assembly last month that Egypt's interim military-backed government has "made decisions inconsistent with inclusive democracy." At that time, he said further U.S. support would depend on a more democratic path.



The United States already has suspended the delivery of some fighter jets and canceled joint military exercises with Cairo. In August, the European Union halted the sale of military items it believes could be used for repression.

Egypt's military ousted President Mohammed Morsi in July and handed power to a new interim government to lead Egypt until new elections are held next year. Since then, at least 1,000 people have been killed, mostly Islamists, in a crackdown against militants and supporters of Mr. Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

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