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U.S. funding for Egyptian military to resume, senior administration officials say

• William Wan, Washington Post
The Obama administration intends to resume funding for Egypt’s military, despite congressional restrictions and objections from human rights and democracy advocates.
For months, the money for Egypt — more than $1.5 billion, with the bulk earmarked for the military — has been withheld amid that country’s crackdown on pro-democracy groups, including several U.S.-based organizations with close ties in Washington.

A law passed by Congress in December forbids funding unless the State Department certifies that Egypt is making progress in basic freedoms and human rights.

But Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is close to announcing plans to bypass those restrictions on national security grounds for fear of worsening already fraying ties with Egyptian leaders and disrupting American jobs and U.S. defense contracts that make up the bulk of the military aid, according to senior administration officials and others, who have been briefed on the deliberations but were not authorized to speak publicly.


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