Obama denounces Egypt massacre, cancels joint military exercise
Its at least the third time the U.S. has canceled the exercise since it began in the early 1980s Washington and Cairo postponed the 2011 installment amid the Arab Spring and scrapped it in 2003 as U.S. forces were committed to Iraq and Afghanistan. reset Obama condemns Egypt violence A spokesman for U.S. Central Command told POLITICO that the last Bright Star, in 2009, involved about 5,000 American troops, as well as units from the United Kingdom, Europe and elsewhere in the Middle East.
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But Obama stuck by his administrations decision not to formally label the ouster of deposed President Mohammed Morsi by the military a coup, a step that under U.S. law would require suspending American aid. We appreciate the complexity of the situation. While Mohammed Morsi was elected president in a democratic election, his government was not inclusive and did not respect the views of all Egyptians, Obama said.
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