Obama withholds F-16 warplanes from Egypt

President Barack Obama decided Wednesday to hold back four F-16 fighter planes from the Egyptian Air Force over the unrest in Egypt. DEBKAfile: Obama is expressing his displeasure over Egyptian Defense Minister Gen/ Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s refusal to accommodate Washington’s demands to release the deposed president Mohamed and bring the Muslim Brotherhood into the new interim government. Instead, the general has escalated his duel with the Brotherhood, calling on the people to rally Egypt in support of the military’s confrontation with “terrorism and violence.”

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