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Egyptian Politician says U.S. Ambassador is a member of Muslim Brotherhood "sleeper cells"

Dr. Susan Berry is reporting that Mustafa Bakari, an Egyptian politician, issued a brutal assessment of U.S. Ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson. Bakari stated, “In my opinion, she [Patterson] is a member of the sleeper cells of the Brotherhood, likely recruited by Essam al-Erian or Muhammad al-Baltagi.”

In a June 18 speech, Patterson made the following statement in a speech about the turmoil in Egypt:

“Some say that street action will produce better results than elections,” Patterson said. “To be honest, my government and I are deeply skeptical.”

John Hudson at Foreign Policy wrote of her reluctance to criticize Morsi:

Patterson in particular resisted opportunities to criticize the Morsy government as it implemented increasingly authoritarian policies. In a memorable May interview with the Egyptian English-language news site Ahram Online, she repeatedly dodged pointed questions about Morsy's leadership. "The fact is they ran in a legitimate election and won," she said. "Of course it is challenging to be dealing with any new government. However, at the state institutional level, we are for instance still liaising with the same military and civil service personnel, and thus have retained the same long-established relations."

In response to Patterson’s statements, and President Obama’s policy decisions on Egypt, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) also wrote in Foreign Policy that the U.S. had become a "partner" to the Muslim Brotherhood government:

Tragically, America has been relegated to the sidelines. The number of U.S. Embassy personnel has been reduced, and a travel warning has been issued for Americans in Egypt -- and for good reason. The people protesting in the streets were not only carrying anti-Morsy signs. They were also carrying signs with slogans like "Obama Supports Terrorism" and "Obama Supports Morsy," as well as pictures of the American ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, with a large red "X" through her face. Some of these were set on fire. On Friday, Andrew Driscoll Pochter, an American college student who was in Egypt to teach English to schoolchildren, was stabbed to death as he took pictures of the protesters.

In what has to be one of the most stunning diplomatic failures in recent memory, the United States is -- in both perception and reality -- entrenched as the partner of a repressive, Islamist regime and the enemy of the secular, pro-democracy opposition.

As a result, Patterson, who is reportedly in line for a promotion as Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, has been increasingly viewed, according to Hudson, as the “key implementer for a policy that at least offers tacit support to the Muslim Brotherhood.”

The State Department has embraced Patterson’s statements and approach. Spokesman Patrick Ventrell said in early July, “The ambassador has very much stated U.S. policies.”

Indeed, Patterson, who met with senior Muslim Brotherhood officials—an act perceived by Morsi opponents as sleeping with the enemy—has had the total support of the State Department all along. She was awarded the Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award twice, in 2010 and 2008, and the Ryan Crocker award for expeditionary diplomacy in 2010. 

As Raymond Ibrahim at Gatestone Institute observed, the reasons Egyptians dislike Patterson run deeper.

Ibrahim pointed out that last week El Fagr reported that Patterson demanded the release of all Muslim Brotherhood members currently being held for questioning from Supreme Commander of the Egyptian Armed Forces, General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi:

And when Sisi rejected this order, the American ambassador began threatening him that Egypt will turn into another Syria and live through a civil war, to which Sisi responded violently: “Neither you nor your country can overcome Egypt and its people.”

Previously, Ibrahim wrote that Patterson was reported as “meddling” in the affairs of the Egyptian people when she attempted to “communicate with General Sisi, demanding dialogue with the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood, and concessions to them,” to which Sisi reportedly responded: “Stop meddling in our affairs… the Egyptian people are capable of looking after their own welfare.”

In addition, Al Nahar reported that Patterson had incited the Salafi Nour Party, a fundamentalist group that withdrew from negotiations with Egypt’s interim government, to “tamper with the political scene and the road map and to threaten to withdraw from political participation if Dr. Muhammad Baradei becomes elected as Prime Minister…”

Ibrahim wrote that “Patterson’s ‘meddling’ in Egypt’s affairs is not limited to General Sisi and the Egyptian media.” He noted that several of Egypt’s revolutionary forces, including Tamarod, which played a major role in the recent revolt, are planning a protest in front of the U.S. embassy in Cairo, and will be “calling for the ejection of ambassador Anne Patterson.”

Earlier in July, Ibrahim reported that even Muhammad Heikal, a respected political commentator of the Arab world, said that during an interview, Patterson had assured the Muslim Brotherhood’s Hisham Qandil, Egypt’s Prime Minister under Morsi, that “there are many forms of pressure, and America holds the keys to the Gulf.”


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Obama ambassador demands Egypt release all jailed Muslim Brotherhood members

Obama Ambassador to Egypt Ann Patterson demanded the authorities release all jailed Muslim Brotherhood members this week.
Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch reported:

Yesterday El Fagr reported that, during their most recent phone conversation, U.S. ambassador Anne Patterson demanded that Egyptian General Sisi release all Muslim Brotherhood members currently being held for questioning: “And when Sisi rejected this order, the American ambassador began threatening him that Egypt will turn into another Syria and live through a civil war, to which Sisi responded violently: ‘Neither you nor your country can overcome Egypt and its people.’”

Moreover, the day before the Salafi party withdrew from negotiations with the new Egyptian government, Al Nahar reported that Patterson had “incited them [the Nour Party, the Salafi party] to tamper with the political scene and the road map and to threaten to withdraw from political participation if Dr. Muhammad Baradei becomes elected as Prime Minister…”


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Free Morsi -- Obama's fight for a bloody tyrant

Daniel Greenfield is reporting that On the day that President Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood's brutal tyrant who had presided over the torture and mass rape of protesters, was overthrown by popular protests, a statement was issued by the White House.

The statement said, "The United States does not support particular individuals or political parties" and then went on to urge that the voices of "those who have supported President Morsy" must also be heard.

Obama was once again contradicting himself. Either the United States was not in the business of telling Egypt whose voices should be heard or it was. Obama wanted to insist that it was and that it wasn't at the same time. He wanted to have his bloody tyrant on the throne and his myth of democracy too.

On the same day, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, a former Obama spokeswoman, said, "We haven't taken sides and don't plan to take sides here."

Psaki was actually following up on an earlier warning by Obama to Egypt's government "to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsy and his supporters." Obama had not issued any such warnings after the overthrow of Mubarak. Nor had he said anything about Morsi's arrest and torture of protesters.

Muslim Brotherhood leaders had set off a storm of violence as their followers rampaged through Christian neighborhoods murdering and maiming. Churches and cathedrals were targeted and a priest was shot to death.

The Associated Press headlined the story describing Muslim atrocities against Christians as a "backlash" for their protests against Morsi. It would be difficult to imagine the wire service headlining a story about the KKK bombing a black church after Obama's victory as a "backlash," but the Muslim Brotherhood, like so many Islamist hate groups, has the media on its side. The Muslim KKK can count on the AP and DC.

Violence against Christians and even other Muslims followed in the wake of fiery speeches by Muslim Brotherhood leaders urging their followers to martyrdom. "They treated us like infidels. They were chanting 'Allahu Akbar' as they were shooting us," one Egyptian eyewitness said.

These atrocities were not just an outraged response to Morsi's fall. The Muslim Brotherhood resorted to violence when in power and when out of power.

Obama's people never threatened Morsi with the loss of foreign aid for arresting activists from other parties, but arresting Muslim Brotherhood members clearly crosses whatever passes for a red line in the White House.

Obama had not told Morsi what to do even while the Muslim Brotherhood regime was using torture to extract confessions from protesters while videotaping the results; a practice that one would think the Nobel Peace Prize winner would be opposed to after all his self-righteous speeches about Gitmo.

However White House press secretary Jay Carney continued to warn against the arrests of Muslim Brotherhood leaders and members. "If you're arresting individuals from one group or one party, you're working against yourself if your effort is to be inclusive as you make this transition back to a civilian, democratically elected government."

Morsi's government had abandoned all pretense of inclusiveness early on. The coalition that brought him down is far more inclusive, including even a rival Salafist party. The only major group missing is the Muslim Brotherhood. And so at the White House and State Department "inclusive" has become code for mandatory Muslim Brotherhood participation.

Mere days before Morsi's fall, Obama said, "Our position has always been, it's not our job to choose who Egypt's leaders are." By "always" he must have meant two years because that was how long ago he had told Mubarak to step down.

Forgetting all that business about not taking sides or picking leaders, Jen Psaki admitted, "We have been in touch with members of the Muslim Brotherhood. We want them to be a part of the process moving forward."

Morsi's power grab last November in which he claimed near absolute power led to no condemnations from the White House. There were no calls urging the new government to include Mubarak supporters.

A report from Egypt said that Anne Patterson, Obama's ambassador to Egypt, called Egyptian General Abdul Fatah al-Sisi and ordered him to release all the arrested members of the Muslim Brotherhood, warning him that the alternative would be a civil war resembling the one in Syria.

Considering that Obama has chosen to arm and support the Muslim Brotherhood rebels in Syria, such a warning carries with it some rather ominous overtones.

Patterson had previously told Coptic Christians, the community with the most to lose under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood, not to protest against Morsi. Shortly after Patterson's demand, Jen Psaki echoed her with a call to free Morsi and suggested again that foreign aid hinged on Morsi's freedom and the Muslim Brotherhood's participation in Egyptian politics.

Despite Psaki's earlier denials, a side had clearly been taken. And it was the side of the Muslim Brotherhood.

While Obama and the State Department are still hiding behind words like "democracy" and "inclusiveness," they have marshaled their rhetoric only in defense of the Muslim Brotherhood.

There were no threats to cut off foreign aid to Morsi during the period of his worst abuses. There were no demands of inclusivity from Morsi. Even when American lives were at risk in Egypt, there were no threats to cut off foreign aid. Instead Kerry tied himself in knots explaining why we could not cut aid to Egypt, despite admitting Morsi's abandonment of democratic principles.

Obama had two radically different approaches to three Egyptian governments. The non-Brotherhood governments were threatened and criticized. The Muslim Brotherhood government was neither threatened nor criticized. Non-Brotherhood governments were told that they would have to make room for the Brotherhood or face a loss of American support, but when the Muslim Brotherhood began to wield absolute power, there were no threats from Hillary Clinton or Obama.

While Obama works to free Morsi, Morsi's supporters continue torturing and killing, perpetuating the bloody legacy of a bloody tyrant.

Under Morsi, Amir Ayad, an activist protesting Muslim Brotherhood rule, was dragged into a mosque, beaten and tortured. When the Muslim Brotherhood members assaulting him realized he was a Copt, they called him a "Christian Dog" and left him half-dead by the side of the road.

This is the reign of terror that millions of Egyptians risked their lives to break free of. This is the horror that caused Egyptian women to risk the Muslim Brotherhood's rape gangs to denounce in Tahrir Square. This is what Obama wants to impose on Egypt again.


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Secret $8 billion deal between Barack Obama and the Muslim Brotherhood

Cardigan says this deal is too good to be true. The only reason for Obama to do this is to have room for the Palestinian refugees awaiting the "right of return." Such an amount of land would also accommodate many Arabs from Jordan and Syria making it easier to agree on borders.

Below is a summary of the video in Arabic that reveals an agreement made between Barack Hussein Obama and Mohamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood to give 40% of Sinai to Hamas in exchange for $8 billion allegedly already paid to Morsi/Muslim Brotherhood by Obama.

No wonder Obama is asking the Egyptian Army to release Morsi (previous item).

Click here for a Google translation of the story which appears in French from Poste deVeille in Canada.

Make sure you read the last line of the translation.


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Obama calls for Morsi's release

Scott Stearns is reporting that Team Obama is calling on Egyptian authorities to release deposed president Mohamed Morsi from detention.  Morsi has been under house arrest since Egyptian troops removed him from power last week.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki says President Morsi should be freed as part of a push to include all political actors in a transitional authority, including Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

"An inclusive and sustainable democracy where all sectors of society, where all Egyptian people are fully represented, will represent all sides.  And we feel that includes of course the Muslim Brotherhood and other representatives that have been detained," said Psaki.

Muslim Brotherhood members are rejecting Egypt's military-appointed interim authorities and are demanding Morsi's return to power just one year after he took office.

Psaki says the United States is still evaluating events in Egypt to determine whether President Morsi's ouster was a coup -- an important legal distinction that would affect more than $1 billion of U.S. assistance to Egypt.

While Obama administration officials have expressed concern about illegal detentions since the military's move, this is the first time Washington has called for Morsi's release.

While Psaki would not say outright that the United States no longer considers him to be Egypt's rightful ruler, she did say that senior U.S. officials are already meeting with interim President Adly Mansour.

"Moving forward with an inclusive process is what we would like to see.  And while, yes, we of course recognize that President Morsi was democratically elected, the question, and I have said this before as have many other officials, it's about more than what happens at the ballot box.  Most democratic transitions take years to take root and stabilize, especially following decades of autocratic rule," she said.

Asked if the United States would object to Morsi running again for president, Psaki said that is for Egyptians to decide.


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Obama sends 4 more F-16s to Egypt

Fox News is reporting that four more F-16 fighter jets are slated for delivery to Egypt’s military as part of a U.S. foreign aid package that is apparently unaffected by the army’s overthrow of the North African nation’s president last week.

"There is no current change in the plan to deliver F-16s to the Egyptian military,'' one U.S. official told Reuters, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The jets will likely be delivered in August, with eight more to be sent in December.

The aid package, which also includes a total of 20 of the planes, plus some 200 Abrams tanks, was already criticized earlier this year by lawmakers who questioned arming then-President Mohamed Morsi, the Islamist leader ousted by the military.

The foreign aid deal was signed in 2010, when Hosni Mubarak was Egypt’s president. 

"At this point, we don't know where Egypt is headed," Rep. Mac Thornberry, (R-Texas), vice chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, told FoxNews.com at the time. "We should be cautious about driving them away, but we should also be cautious about the arms we provide."

In addition, the U.S. government also paid at least $83 million to upgrade facilities and provide training at the Egyptian military's "Cairo West Air Base" to accommodate the new F-16s.

The U.S. has been careful not to characterize the Egyptian military’s ouster of Morsi as a coup, which by law would preclude military aid from going out.


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Egyptians shine light on Obama's disastrous Middle East policy

Charles M. Phipps says that the people in Egypt have made it clear they do not like Barack Obama. Obama's support for their ousted leader, Mohamed Morsi, did not sit well with the Egyptians and they wasted no time in displaying their displeasure during protests over the last few days.

Obama has claimed that the United States isn't aligned with or supporting any particular group or political party. His actions tell a different story. Obama gave Egyptian President Morsi $250 million in March in addition to 200 Abrams tanks and 12 F-16s, with 8 more to be delivered by the end of the year. Pretty strong support for the Muslim Brotherhood, of which Morsi is a member.

The White House released a statement which said, "The United States categorically rejects the false claims propagated by some in Egypt that we are working with specific political parties or movements to dictate how Egypt's transition should proceed. We remain committed to the Egyptian people and their aspiration for democracy, economic opportunity and dignity. But the future path of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people."

Well the Egyptian people certainly are determining their own path, having ousted the Muslim Brotherhood's man, Mohamed Morsi. And in the process they have shown clear contempt for Obama and his ambassador in Egypt, Anne Patterson, for supporting Morsi.

While all the turmoil in Egypt continues, the civil war in Syria rages on and protests in Turkey abound, Secretary of State John Kerry is being dispatched to deal with the country Obama sees as the regional problem -- Israel.

Could Obama's Middle East policy possibly be more preposterous?


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Obama rejects claims he is working with political parties in Egypt


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Not a coup but a revolution

Mona Barakat says that during the 2011 Egyptian revolution Obama showed full support for "democracy" by supporting the protests to overthrow Mubarak. Now we see the largest mass demonstration in human history and it seems Obama has changed his position on standing for democracy. What we have seen in the Egyptian revolution are Obama's true colors. Obama is not for democracy because if he were, he would be with the 30 million Egyptian people who risked their lives to go to the street in an overall peaceful protest standing for freedom, liberty and equal rights. Obama has taken the side of the terrorists against the basic values that America espouses. This seems to be the new Obama doctrine that we have seen in Egypt, Libya, Tunisia and now Syria.

I was on the streets on Wednesday celebrating with the Egyptian people; experiencing history in the making. People were ecstatic, overjoyed and free. The spirit of liberation and freedom was flowing through the streets. Everybody was united, Muslim and Christian alike. People were chanting "Muslim and Christian, united in one hand" and showing the cross and crescent together representing that both religions can live in peace.

History was made. It was true liberation, true freedom, nothing I had ever experienced before. It reminded me of what America represents and the values that so many have given for our country, for our freedoms that we take for granted.

When people asked me where I was from, I was hesitant. I knew that the Egyptian people were extremely angry with the policies of the United States supporting the repressive Muslim Brotherhood, so I quietly would say "America" but then quickly follow with "I am with you" and "congratulations". The immediate reaction when I said America was a frown, and people would ask "why...why is America supporting the Muslim Brotherhood?" They can't figure it out. I would answer with "I am sorry...I do not know". Obama has managed to taint the reputation of America in Egypt and around the world.

That night I couldn't believe this had happened; the Egyptian military had taken the lead and were cracking down on the Muslim Brotherhood members. I was so proud of the Army, so proud of the Egyptian people. They took the lead in fighting the global war on terror that every country in this world is affected by, and Egypt had led the way. The whole international community should be so proud and grateful to the Egyptian people and the Army for what they did the last couple of days.  The line on what side you are on is clear: with terrorism or against terrorism.

Since Wednesday, anxiety has now filled the streets of Egypt; roads are closed as continuous clashes occur between the opposition and supporters of former President Morsi, 36 people were killed on Friday and 34 reported killed yesterday. A Coptic Priest was killed on Saturday. This new shift in the atmosphere is due to the Obama Administration giving credence and legitimacy to Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama has done all he can to try to kill the revolution and the spirit of freedom and liberty from the Egyptian people, but he has not succeeded. He has clearly taken the side of the repressive Muslim Brotherhood regime against the values of human rights and equality.

The world has seen in black and white where Barack Obama stands, and it is clearly with the terrorists; the same terrorists that share the ideology of those that killed thousands of Americans on 9-11, killed thousands of our troops in Iraq, and are killing our troops in Afghanistan today.


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Obama's Morsi mission

Jed Babbin says the Wednesday coup that overthrew Mohamed Morsi's Egyptian regime is of considerable significance, but not of the kind that has been lavished on it by the media. Too many reporters and commentators have taken the coup as a sign of Egypt's rejection of the Islamists' hold on that nation and others have compounded that mistake by projecting the supposed rejection of Islamism to other Middle Eastern nations.

The coup wasn't a rejection of Islamism or even of the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamism's machine in Egypt. It was about food and about which band of Islamists -- the Army or the Brotherhood -- rules Egypt in coming years.

Morsi was not just a Muslim Brotherhood thug but an incompetent one. As my friend David Goldman writes, starvation was the unstated reason for the coup. Under Morsi's mismanagement, Egypt's economy has faltered badly. For months, the bottom half of the population has had little to eat other than government-subsidized bread and the supply of that is threatened by a wheat shortage. Perhaps, with the assistance of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, the Egyptian military can alleviate the food shortage. If it cannot, the military's control will falter and Egypt's future will be even more uncertain.

The other reason for the coup is the Egyptian military's still-strong opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood, which goes back at least a half-century.

Gamel Abdel Nasser's military group overthrew the Egyptian monarchy in 1952, but Nasser remained a shadowy figure. When a fanatic tried to assassinate him in 1954 -- and the man confessed to having been under orders from the Muslim Brotherhood -- Nasser emerged as the only real power in Egypt and promptly cracked down on the Brotherhood.

The Egyptian military is not, though, a secular force. Its commanders are as dedicated to Islamist ideology as Morsi. But the Army-vs.-Brotherhood struggle has become very confused. On one hand, Morsi had planted many of the Brotherhood's loyalists in top military ranks. On the other, the military has arrested a number of the Brotherhood's leaders and has closed several Islamist television stations that had supported Morsi.

So, as one headline asked, who lost the people of Egypt? No one, because we didn't have them to lose. In truth, it's entirely questionable that the Egyptian people have much to say in the matter themselves. There are still demonstrations and riots, some of the participants in them demanding Morsi's return to power. Do we cut off aid, as our law requires, because of the coup?

We should cut off aid but not because of the coup. Obama decided to give Morsi's government some twenty new F-16s, tanks, and other assets. Arming the Muslim Brotherhood was a bad idea then. Arming the Egyptian military which, much like the mafia, regards Egypt's economy as its own business is just as bad an idea now.

Now, when pro-Morsi rioters are in the streets, is the wrong time for any aid. By denying aid, we can put a bigger burden on the Saudis and Qataris to stabilize Egypt without aiding a letting it slip into the Muslim Brotherhood's hands again.

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) proclaimed yesterday that we need to insist that the Egyptian military move quickly, on a definite timeline, to another round of democratic elections. Reed is comprehensively wrong, and that can be demonstrated on two grounds.

First and foremost is the fact that President Obama has deliberately surrendered America's influence in the world. Both our allies and our enemies understand that he doesn't believe we should be a superpower any longer. They are eager to accommodate that ambition. Because Obama has done this so well, we no longer have the standing to insist that the Egyptian military do anything.

Obama absented himself from any attempt to influence the outcome in Egypt and his secretary of state was apparently aboard his yacht for some period during the coup, equally oblivious.

It was only after the coup that Obama -- and the Washington Post -- sought to influence the outcome. Both sided with "inclusiveness" which means, in this case, ensuring that the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamists be included in the post-Morsi government. Which brings us to the second reason that Reed was completely wrong.

To insist on elections is not the same thing as to insist on freedom or democracy. There were more than enough allegations of fraud in Morsi's election to question its legitimacy. Perhaps the Muslim Brotherhood understood Stalin's maxim that it's not who votes that matters: it matters who counts the votes.

Elections can be one of the most important foundations of freedom or they can be a façade concealing despotism. Unless we retain the ability to tell the difference between the two -- and in places such as Egypt we have not demonstrated that ability -- we have no basis to determine whether a government chosen in an election is one we should support or oppose. An "elected" government isn't necessarily our freedom-loving friend, and the government resulting from a coup isn't necessarily a despotic oppressor.

Egypt, however, gave us two bad results. Morsi's election wasn't -- and the possible choice of Mohamed ElBaradei isn't -- in America's interests. Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood government was "elected," and committed by the Brotherhood's ideology to enmity with us and our allies. ElBaradei could have been imposed -- and may yet be -- by the military after the coup. But he's no friend of the United States. He has his own strong connections to the Muslim Brotherhood. As head of the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, ElBaradei was the principal apologist for Iran. Under his leadership, the IAEA gave Iran the benefit of more than a decade of unhindered development of nuclear weapons.

Whether ElBaradei is yet named Egypt's interim leader is uncertain, but the pro-Morsi protesters -- who have been violent at times -- are more likely to bring about a violent backlash from the military than to block ElBaradei's appointment. Whatever the outcome, the next leader of Egypt will either solve the food shortage or find his government as short-lived as Morsi's.

The biggest danger for us lies not in the choice of Morsi's successor from the menu of Islamists but in the media-favored narrative that Morsi's overthrow is a massive blow to Islamism.

The hard facts across the Middle East -- in Libya, Syria, Egypt, Iran, and Iraq -- indicate no setbacks for Islamism. In Turkey, Erdogan's government still withstands any effort to return to the secular governments that had ruled since Ataturk.

As long as we have a president who believes that "inclusive" governments -- those that include Islamists such as the Muslim Brotherhood -- are to be supported, there is no possibility that Islamism in the Middle East can be rolled back. Islamism -- and its kinetic element, terrorism -- have to be defeated. The more "inclusiveness" Obama advocates in the Middle East, the farther we get from that goal.


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Law requires U.S. to cut off aid to Egypt

Brendan Bordelon is reporting that the $1.5 billion in U.S. foreign aid slated for Egypt next year is in jeopardy after the Egyptian army deposed democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday.

Section 508 of the decades-old Foreign Assistance Act stipulates that “none of the funds appropriated or otherwise made available pursuant to this Act shall be obligated or expended to finance directly any assistance to any country whose duly elected head of government is deposed by a military coup or decree.”

A clause in the 2011 omnibus bill strengthens the provision, excluding from American aid any nation experiencing a “coup d’etat or decree in which the military plays a decisive role.”

Although events in Egypt appear to conform perfectly to these criteria, it’s unclear whether the Obama administration will cut off revenue to the strategically important nation anytime soon.

“Given today’s developments, I have directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under U.S. law for our assistance to the Government of Egypt,” Barack Obama said in a statement released Wednesday evening.

But the president also refused to call the takeover a coup, indicating his administration’s wariness to label events in Egypt before deciding how to proceed.

Time reports that the $1.3 billion marked for the Egyptian military in 2014 is around 20 percent of that organization’s total budget. Without that money, the army may be unable to keep the peace should an extended confrontation develop between Morsi’s supporters and opposition activists.

“The Egyptian military has long been a key partner of the United States and a stabilizing force in the region, and is perhaps the only trusted national institution in Egypt today,” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said in a statement Wednesday.

The ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee echoed that sentiment.

“In determining the future of U.S. assistance, the administration should look at the regional picture with our national security interests in mind,” Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker said in a Wednesday announcement. “Our long-standing cooperation with Egypt, which is essential for stability in the region, should remain a priority.”

Their comments indicate that the administration would face little protest from congressional Republicans if they decide to ignore or circumvent the law on foreign assistance.

But politicians from the president’s own party may be less forgiving.

“Our law is clear: U.S. aid is cut off when a democratically elected government is deposed by military coup or decree,” said Vermont Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, chair of the budget committee which oversees foreign aid.

John Bellinger, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, pointed out in his blog on Thursday that unlike many parts of the Foreign Assistance Act, the provision restricting foreign aid “does not include Presidential waiver authority.”

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Al-Qaeda threatens "jihad" in post-Morsi Egypt

Middle East Online is reporting that a new Islamist group has announced its formation in Egypt, calling the army's ousting of President Mohammad Morsi a declaration of war on its faith and threatening to use violence to impose Islamic law.

Ansar Al Sharia in Egypt said it would gather arms and start training its members, in a statement posted on an online forum for militants in the country's Sinai region on Friday and recorded by the Site Monitoring organisation.

The army's move, which was backed by mass rallies across Egypt, has raised fears Islamists could desert officially-recognised groups like Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and move to more militant movements.

Morsi's exit has already triggered violence. At least 30 people died as Islamists took to the streets in Cairo and other cities on Friday to vent their fury at what they say was a military coup.

Morsi was elected president last year after a popular revolution swept away veteran leader Hosni Mubarak.

The army has appointed an interim leader and announced a transition plan which lacks a timeframe for more elections.

It has also arrested senior Muslim Brotherhood members and closed Islamist television stations.

Ansar Al Sharia said in its statement the military overthrow, the closing of television channels and the death of Islamist protesters all amounted to “a war declared against Islam in Egypt”, Site reported.

The group blamed the events on secularists, supporters of Mubarak and Egyptian Coptic Christians, state security forces and army commanders, who they said would turn the country into “a crusader, secular freak”.

It denounced democracy and said it would instead champion Islamic law, or Sharia, acquire weapons and train to allow Muslims to “deter the attackers, preserve the religion and empower the Sharia of the Lord”, Site reported.


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US Ambassador to Egypt vows to apply pressure to support Muslim Brotherhood

Dean Garrison is reporting that there are always two stories in America. There is the one that comes from Obama’s mouth and then there is the truth. The truth of the matter is that this administration was “all in” on a Muslim Brotherhood controlled Egypt. You can’t trust a word they say now that Morsi has been overthrown. Although I have little doubt that Obama would gladly throw Morsi, or anyone else, under the bus for his own benefit, we should not be so sure that this administration is done with The Muslim Brotherhood.

There are reports coming from a very respected journalist in the Arab world that Anne Patterson is turning up the heat and vowing to apply pressure:

Evidence that the Obama administration is unhappy with the Egyptian people’s liberation from Muslim Brotherhood rule continues to emerge.  As reported today by Youm 7, according to Muhammad Heikal -- “the Arab world’s most respected political commentator” and for some 50 years a political insider -- soon after the overthrow of Morsi, U.S. ambassador Anne Patterson assured Hisham Qandil, who hours ago was Egypt’s Prime Minister, that “there are many forms of pressure, and America holds the keys to the Gulf.”

Such blatantly pro-Muslim Brotherhood assurances by Patterson are consistent with many of her other actions in Egypt, which have led most Egyptians, including politicians and activists, to refer to her as a Brotherhood stooge.  Among other things, in the days leading to June 30, she called on Egyptians not to protest -- including by meeting with the Coptic Pope and asking him to urge the nation’s Christian minority not to oppose the Brotherhood, even though Christians have naturally been the most to suffer under Morsi, especially in the context of “blasphemy” accusations.

Thus, and once again, the Obama administration makes indubitably clear that its primary interest in Egypt is to see the Muslim Brotherhood stay in power, the Egyptian people’s will -- the will of tens of millions of secularists, liberals, moderates, and Christians -- be damned.

News from the Arab world last week was that Anne Patterson was accused of being part of a Muslim Brotherhood “sleeper cell.” Regardless of the veracity of that accusation, which was made by a former member of Egyptian Parliament, we have to realize how much effort this administration had put into supporting Morsi and the brotherhood.

So what do you think? Are we done? Or is this administration just putting its money on a new horse from the same stable?

That is the fear of many. If you see Obama start to strongly support a new leader in Egypt you might be looking at another potential terror-loving-tyrant. Let’s not forget that there is strong evidence that Morsi is responsible for Benghazi and Obama was his accomplice. 

It’s a very convenient time for Morsi to go I would think. The evidence was starting to mount and now he is gone.

Egypt is not our ally. Morsi was Obama’s ally but he was not America’s ally. The people of Egypt generally hate us and so do their political leaders. It’s great that we had the chance to send jets, tanks and 1.5 billion dollars into this mess. I would have hated to think that the chaos was not properly armed.


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I guess it can only be described as ironic that the apathetic American people don't yet have the courage to do what the Egyptian have just done!
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How do you spell "OORAH" in Arabic?

Judi McLeod says the outcome of what may have been the largest pro-democracy demonstrations in human history has shown President Barack Hussein Obama for what he really is: a Muslim Brotherhood-advocating failure.

With Obama's $250 million March 2013 gift still in his pocket; the 12 F-16s already delivered this year, with the promise of another eight by the end of the year, and 200 (count ‘em) Abrams tanks, Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi is under house arrest.

The coup d'état that saw millions cheering on the streets in what is allegedly the largest gathering of people in modern memory against a dictator, was pulled off on the eve of American Independence Day 2013 -- the biggest slap in the face to the imperious arrogant Obama just back on American soil after a $100-million trip to Africa.

What better proof that the high handed Obamas are not King & Queen of the World, but only legends in their own minds?

Obama's warnings against the arrests of Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood members yesterday came off like the mewlings of a paper tiger.

As pithy Daniel Greenfield wrapped it up in his column: "One Muslim Brotherhood president has been overthrown.  But the other one is still on his second term".

..."So let's skip straight to the threats and the pro-Brotherhood rhetoric," Greenfield wrote.

"We are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsi and suspend the Egyptian constitution.

"I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsi and his supporters.

"Given today's developments, I have also directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under U.S. law for our assistance to the Government of Egypt."

"I don't know who Obama's Royal We are, it's not the American people who don't give a damn, but he didn't show the same concern about the arrests of Mubarak," Greenfield wrote.

"And a rush to elections is how the Muslim Brotherhood wound up being the first in line at the ballot box.

"Finally, Obama and his minions swore up and down that they couldn't possibly stop supplying Morse with weapons."

There's tragicomedy in Politico trying to run interference for Obama's last-minute Morsi Switcheroo.  "What a joke"! (NewsBusters).

"Apparently, one pathetic last-minute speech by Egypt's Mohammed Morsi was sufficient to convince President Barack Obama, who has spent several days and untold amounts of worldwide capital defending the Muslim Brotherhood leaders staying on the job in the face of what may have been the largest pro-democracy demonstrations in human history.

"The Politico frantically tried to run interference for Obama (‘s) opportunistic change of heart today, running an item which was apparently called "U.S. Eases Away from Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi."  The item was up so briefly that it was quickly replaced, while the headline just mentioned still remains in the browser window's title bar."

Meanwhile, no one knows in which direction events will lead Egypt.  But millions do know that it was the Egypt coup d'etat that saw Obama's buddy Mohamed Morsi under house arrest that was the best Independence Day Gift for Americans in the last four years.

Barack Obama, Michelle, boss woman Valerie Jarrett were supposed to be snickering over Independence Day drinks about how a $100-million African trip took Americans for one long ride.

Instead Americans are laughing at them.

OORAH for American Independence Day 2013!


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Muslim Brotherhood claims interim Egyptian president is Jewish

The Jerusalem Post is reporting that the Muslim Brotherhood claimed in a post on its official website that Egypt's new interim president Adli Mansour is Jewish, The Washington Post reported on Friday. The article on IkhwanOnline was subsequently removed.

Mansour, who previously served as the constitutional court's chief justice was sworn in as interim president on Thursday after the army removed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi from power.

According to the Post, the article falsely stated that Mansour is “considered to be a Seventh Day Adventist, which is a Jewish sect.”

The authors also claimed that the Pope of Egypt's Coptic church had refused to convert Mansour to Christianity.

The article on IkhwanOnline, according to the Post, posited that Mansour's appointment was backed by Israel and the US as part of a plan to eventually install leading opposition figure and former IAEA chief Mohamed ElBardei as president.

The Post quoted the article as saying that ElBaradei had turned down an invitation to participate in a conference that denied the Holocaust as "a token gesture offered to the Jews by ElBaradei so that he can become President of the Republic in the fake elections that the military will guard and whose results they will falsify in their interests. All with the approval of America, Israel and the Arabs, of course.”


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Obama to Brotherhood -- I've got your back

Nicole Gaouette & John Walcott are reporting that Team Obama’s call for an “inclusive” political process in Egypt with a role for the Muslim Brotherhood has been overshadowed by deadly clashes between security forces and supporters of the Islamist group.

Violent protests yesterday in Cairo and elsewhere over the military’s ouster of President Mohamed Mursi raised doubts about prospects for an eventual accommodation that would allow the Brotherhood that supports him to compete in new elections.

While Barack Obama’s administration has stopped short of condemning the July 3 military takeover, it has called on Egyptian leaders to pursue “a transparent political process that is inclusive of all parties and groups,” including “avoiding any arbitrary arrests of Mursi and his supporters,” Bernadette Meehan, a spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said July 4 in a statement.

The administration has urged the Egyptian military to stop using heavy-handed tactics, according to two U.S. officials who asked not to be identified commenting on private communications. They said the administration is concerned that some in the military may want to provoke the Islamists to violence and provide a rationale for crushing the movement once and for all.

Such a move would fail and probably prompt a shift to al-Qaeda type terrorist tactics by extremists in the Islamist movement in Egypt and elsewhere, the U.S. officials said.

Changing the Game

Participating in politics means agreeing that differences will be settled through political means, said Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington policy group.

“What I think the Brotherhood has concluded is the game is stacked, and the only way to get what they deserve is to change the game, not to play in the game,” Alterman said in an interview for Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capitol with Al Hunt” airing this weekend. “That’s a big change from where the Brotherhood was a year ago.”

At least 12 people died and scores were hurt yesterday as security forces clashed with Islamist supporters of Mursi, who has been detained since his ouster.

The Muslim Brotherhood had appealed for peaceful demonstrations following the crackdown on its leadership, and its supreme guide, Mohammed Badie, spoke at a pro-Mursi rally last night, denying reports in state-run media that he had been arrested. The military-appointed government had said it would respect such protests.

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In Egypt, fears of civil war

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that two days after Egypt's military replaced the country's president, it sent soldiers into the streets to quell demonstrations, as a week of tensions between Islamists and the military transformed into deadly confrontations that heightened some Egyptians' fears of civil war.

Demonstrations turned bloody Friday as hundreds of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters turned out to protest this week's military-led ouster of President Mohammed Morsi. Muslim Brotherhood officials said police opened fire on protesters in the Cairo suburb where Mr. Morsi and 12 aides were being held under house arrest, killing five people. The military denied those allegations.

Later in the day, armored personnel carriers arrived on the October 6 bridge, near Tahrir Square, to restore order after rival camps clashed with rocks, fireworks and, according to several witnesses, gunfire from automatic weapons.

At least 30 people died in violence across the country, with another 1,076 injured, officials said.

The street-level military intervention was a rare occurrence in more than two years of turmoil since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak -- but it echoed a dominant Egyptian theme of Mr. Mubarak's long reign, one of a military-backed state pitted against Islamists.

Such fears were renewed late Friday as state television confirmed the arrest of Khairat El Shater, the Muslim Brotherhood's influential second-in-command.

Earlier Friday, the Muslim Brotherhood's leader addressed tens of thousands of supporters who gathered for "Rejection Friday" protests, urging them to continue protesting until Mr. Morsi is reinstated.

"We will protect our president Morsi with our necks. We are all willing to sacrifice our necks and souls for him," Brotherhood General Guide Mohammed Badie told hundreds of thousands of demonstrators at Cairo's Rabaa Mosque.

While he vowed peaceful protests, Mr. Badie also promised a standoff with the military, saying: "Your role is to protect our borders. Our role, however, is to bring back our president Morsi to his post."

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Obama's mess in Egypt

Peter Morici says recent events in Egypt put Barack Obama in a tough spot, even if not as difficult as that of deposed Egyptian President Morsi. At least the latter gentleman knows his own mind, even if paying a high price for it, whereas Obama is at wit's end to articulate where he stands on the sanctity of democracy and its place in American foreign policy.

Obama is bound by his own words, international law and the expectations of allies, such as Great Britain, not to acknowledge or support coups that overthrow duly-elected governments. For the president, it is an inconvenient truth that Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, accomplished his office through the ballot box and was as constitutionally legitimate as Obama, but for one small fact.

Morsi pushed through constitutional changes that are rather favorable to the fundamentalist thinking of the Brotherhood. Of course, those views about the desired progress of society and place of religion in the equation are hardly simpatico with the left leaning ideas on Harvard Yard and other American temples of the "progressive" movement.

Like most Americans, I have no truck with the ideas of the Brotherhood, but the mob in the streets objecting to Morsi chose methods other than ballots to remove him. Sadly for him, the Egyptian military is neither under civilian control nor primarily financed by the Egyptian government. It gets its manna from the Obama Administration via more than $1 billion annually in U.S. foreign aid.

Now, the new government, in a fit of liberal tolerance is jailing Brotherhood leaders. And it would seem democracy is accomplishing more progress in U.S. sanctioned Iran than American supported Egypt.

During its recent perils, the Obama White House did not support the elected Egyptian government. It stated the Morsi government must respect the will of all the people, much as the U.S. president did pushing through Obama Care despite the disapproval of the majority of Americans, as expressed through town meetings, polls and a Massachusetts Senate election.

Instead, the U.S. president gave a wink and a nod to a military takeover in Egypt, which the State Department is now indicating may not be a coup, because the generals have not imposed a military leader. Instead, they have put in place as president Egypt's highest judge, after he was in office but two days. Even if a figurehead, that makes the military removal of a duly-elected Egypt president not a coup, therefore legitimate?

That question has the legal minds at the State Department working overtime.

The upshot, in Egypt Obama's principal representative, Ambassador Anne Paterson, is vilified by all sides, and the Muslim Brotherhood is likely permanently disabused of the notion that participating in democratic processes can lead to its views taking hold anywhere from Syria to Yemen.

This is a mighty grand mess that will result in untold bloodshed and further reinforce anti-American views across the Middle East.  Now, the Arab Spring could easily become pan-Arab anarchy, and much blood will be on American hands.  Only a fool would think this situation would not inspire new terrorists.

Those remarkable accomplishments notwithstanding, Americans are entitled to know: What is the U.S. policy toward overthrowing democratically elected governments? Is it unacceptable except when it gives rise to fundamentalist social and religious views the prelates within the American academy and mainstream media don't like?

Who says America doesn't have an insular aristocracy and Ayatollahs of its own?


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When the Brotherhood get tossed …

... these tossers get photo-oped to make it look like they’re engaged in foreign policy n' stuff according to DougM.

Seems like everybody made the class photo except the Secretary of State -- "Kerry the Commie" -- word has it he was aboard his yacht.

Confirmed!  Kerry aboard the yacht Isabel.


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Obama accepts military takeover of Egypt

Keith Koffler is reporting that Barack Obama tonight implicitly accepted the military coup in Egypt, issuing a statement that pointedly fails to call for the military to relinquish power immediately and instead points to a "process" that will over time lead the country to a democratically elected government.

Obama's passive acceptance of the coup is the first positive development in Obama's policy -- if it can be called a policy -- toward Egypt during the current crisis. By not reiterating past suggestions of support for Morsi, the Obama administration at least decided not to try to get in the way of a popular revolution that could save Egypt from Islamic extremism.

From the statement by Obama, which was released by the White House this evening:

The United States is monitoring the very fluid situation in Egypt, and we believe that ultimately the future of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people. Nevertheless, we are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsy and suspend the Egyptian constitution.

I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsy and his supporters.

Obama's statement shows that he is trying to have it both ways, saying he is "deeply concerned" by the military's move and expressing support for democracy while nevertheless acquiescing in the coup d'etat.

Obama even threw in a fangless, nebulous threat for good measure:

Given today's developments, I have also directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under U.S. law for our assistance to the Government of Egypt.

Obama withheld comment all day until after the coup had been completed.


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Egypt under "full military coup"

Dana Hughes and Molly Hunter are reporting that the Egyptian Army is carrying out a "full military coup" and the army has placed a travel ban on the country's embattled President Mohamed Morsi, officials said.

The action came at the end of the 48 hours Egypt's military gave Morsi two days ago to answer the demands of protesters who have filled the country's streets in recent days.

The streets of Cairo was jammed again today, this time with competing throngs of pro- and anti-Morsi protesters.

In a statement posted on the Egyptian Presidency Facebook page, Essam El-Haddad, Egypt's national security adviser called the on-going situation "a full military coup," and warned that it will only lead to more violence.

"Today only one thing matters. In this day and age no military coup can succeed in the face of sizeable popular force without considerable bloodshed. Who among you is ready to shoulder that blame?" he wrote.

"There are still people in Egypt who believe in their right to make a democratic choice. Hundreds of thousands of them have gathered in support of democracy and the presidency. And they will not leave in the face of this attack. To move them, there will have to be violence. It will either come from the army, the police, or the hired mercenaries. Either way there will be considerable bloodshed. And the message will resonate throughout the Muslim World loud and clear: democracy is not for Muslims," El-Haddad wrote.

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Obama scrambles to save Morsi

Pamela Geller says millions of have taken to the streets in protest of the Muslim Brotherhood and Obama. and once again, Obama is on the wrong side of history,  and more significantly, the wrong side of America. Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamed Morsi Tuesday night rejected Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ‘s demand that he quit to avert a bloodbath. He said he stood by his “constitutional dignity" and demanded the army’s withdrawal of its ultimatum.

President Barack Obama and Chief of US General Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey intervened in the Egyptian crisis early Tuesday, July 2, in an attempt to save the besieged President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. Obama called the Egyptian president and Gen. Dempsey phoned Chief of staff Gen. Sedki Sobhi, hoping to defuse the three-way crisis between the regime, the army and the protest movement before it gets out of hand.
The crash of Morsi’s presidency would seriously undermine the objectives of the Arab Revolt  pursued by the Obama administration as the arch-stone of his Middle East policy.
The administration had earlier sought unsuccessfully to persuade the heads of the Egyptian army not to issue its 48-hour ultimatum to Egypt’s rulers “heed the will of the people” by Wednesday afternoon - or else the army would intervene. The Americans proposed instead to leave Morsi in place after stripping him of presidential authority and installing a transitional government to prepare the country for new elections to the presidency and parliament. (DEBKA)

Morsi can afford to brush off isolation if Obama continues to support this Islamic supremacist thug with billions, F16s, arms and aid.

"Brushing aside a military ultimatum and his deepening isolation, President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt declared on Tuesday that he was the legitimate leader of the country and blamed the spiraling and violent national crisis on what he repeatedly called the corrupt “remnants of the former regime” overthrown in the 2011 revolution."

For the third consecutive day, anti-Morsi protesters packed Tahrir Square in central Cairo and filled the street in front of the main presidential palace while starting a new sit-in in front of a second palace, where Mr. Morsi has been working since last week. They chanted for the end of his rule of the country one year after he rode to victory as Egypt’s first democratically elected president.

At the same time on Tuesday, reinforcing the sense of impending showdown, thousands of Mr. Morsi’s Islamist supporters demonstrated in the Cairo suburb of Nasr City and in front of Cairo University. Armed assailants firing birdshot wounded at least 40 of them at the university and injured 35 others with rocks, police officials said.

In a second location, a Cairo neighborhood once considered a stronghold of support for Morsi's conservative allies, a gunfight erupted as pro-Morsi marchers entered the neighborhood. An angry mob chased them away, and stripped and beat a man presumed to be among the supporters.

The attacks in both places erupted at nightfall, while in Alexandria in the north, 33 people were wounded by pellets in clashes between Mr. Morsi’s opponents and supporters with gunfire from both sides, police officials said.

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Related:  Team Obama threatens to cut military aid to Egypt if Morsi is overthrown

Related:  CAIR Officials rally behind Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood


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