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U.S. Cancels Military Exercises With Egypt

August 15, 2013

US President Barack Obama said Thursday the US was cancelling joint military exercises planned for next month with Egypt amid a violent crackdown on demonstrators.

Obama interrupted his holidays in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, to deliver a statement that the US strongly condemns the actions of Egyptian security forces and deplores violence against civilians.

"Our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets," Obama said.

He said the US would review further steps in its relationship with Egypt, but did not directly mention the status of more than a billion dollars in US aid.

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