The Obama administration has turned down an urgent appeal from Egypt’s government for the delivery of U.S. Apache attack helicopters needed for counterterrorism operations in the Sinai Peninsula.
U.S. officials and a Western diplomat said the 10 AH-64 attack helicopters had been blocked from delivery in October in response to the administration’s opposition to the military ouster of Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammad Morsi last year.
Denying helicopters for Egypt punishes military, helps Muslim Brotherhood
"Guns with us now, sir," the crew chief shouted through the headset, pointing as the Apache attack helicopter swung in smoothly to our right.
Harf dismissed what she described as a ‘conspiracy theory’ regarding U.S. support to the Brotherhood. ‘This cannot be real, we do not support them,’ she said, adding that they only support the Egyptian people in achieving democracy.”
Barely a day passes without reports of some new atrocity being committed against Christians. These are four stories from the last few days from just two countries –
1. Arabic media has reported the murder of a Syrian Christian family who had been living in Alexandria. A 44-year-old man, his 35-year-old wife, their six-year-old son and the wife’s brother were stabbed to death at their home on 17 February. The attackers set the house on fire.
The United States needs to accept that the days of one-man rule are gone forever.
Three years after the hopeful scenes of the Arab Spring, the situation in places like Syria and Libya looks more like a tragic mess. The most dramatic reversal of fortune, perhaps, is in Egypt, whose Tahrir (Freedom) Square came to symbolize the hopes of 2011.
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