CANCELLATION OF BRIGHT STAR EXERCISE
The Bright Star exercise was created in 1981, after the Egypt-Israel peace treaty. Bright Star is a biennial, multi-national exercise designed to strengthen military-to-military relationships and improve readiness and interoperability between US, Egyptian and Coalition forces.
During Bright Star 10 the US, Egypt, Turkey, Jordan, Kuwait, Greece, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, France, and Pakistan were taking part in the exercise.
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|C-17 Globemaster III during Bright Star 10|
The ouster of president Mursi sparkled demonstrations and violence all over Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood camps in Cairo were raided with live ammunition, since the police suspected that some protesters were armed.
|Renault Sherpa topples over a bridge|
Most journalist describe the scene as a warzone, around 300 people were killed, including 43 police/military personnel only in Cairo, while the numbers for the whole country rises above 600. The picture below from Associated Press illustrate well the violence of the confrontation; a Renault Sherpa light-armored vehicle topples over a bridge, the vehicle occupants will later be lynched.
The decision by president Obama to cancel the exercise is an important message to the military rulers in Egypt, but the military ties between Egypt and the US are very important for Washington, and the annual 1.3 billion USD in military assistance were not put into question.
UPDATE 20/08/2013 "The Obama administration is withholding some military aid to Egypt as it reviews how it wants to proceed. U.S. official told CNN."
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