Egypt Not Expected to Be Hit Hard By US Aid Cuts


WASHINGTON - The U.S. decision to suspend delivery of tanks, helicopters and fighter jets to Egypt is more of a symbolic slap than a punishing wound to Cairo's military-backed government.

Egypt is awash in the tanks and planes it would need to fight a conventional war - and spare parts from U.S. manufacturers will continue to be delivered.

The Obama administration's announcement Wednesday did sound a warning that it no longer can be "business as usual" with Cairo, as President Barack Obama put.

That's because of the military coup in July that ousted Mohammed Morsi, the country's first democratically elected president, and led to the deaths of hundreds in police crackdowns on demonstrators.

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