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August 15, 2013 8:11 AM
Obama cancels U.S.-Egyptian military exercise
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USA Today reports:

President Obama said Thursday his government "strongly condemns" violence in Egypt, and as a result is canceling U.S.-Egyptian military exercises scheduled for next month.

"We do not believe force is the way to resolve political differences," Obama said in a statement to reporters from his vacation home in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

Obama did not announce suspension of any other forms of aid to Egypt, saying continued U.S. "engagement" with the military government in Cairo will help it transition back to democracy.

The president also did not describe the military's removal of President Mohammed Morsi as "a coup," a declaration that would require ending U.S. aid to Egypt that adds up to about $1.3 billion a year. Facebook Fark Furl
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