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Egypt receives last batch of F-16 fighter jets from 2009 US military deal

The US had halted military aid to Egypt after the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013, though it resumed the aid earlier this year

Ahram Online , Thursday 29 Oct 2015
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Egypt received on Wednesday the last batch of F-16 fighter jets which were part of a $3.2 billion military deal that Egypt signed with the US in 2009.

The US embassy in Cairo highlighted in a statement that Ambassador Stephen Beecroft and senior defense official Charles Hooper joined Air Marshal Younes El-Masri and other senior Egyptian military officials in a ceremony at the Cairo West Air Force Base to receive four F-16 “Fighting Falcon” fighter jets delivered by the United States to the Egyptian Air Force.

Major General Hooper described the advanced F-16 fighter jet as a “vital multi-role aircraft that will provide the Egyptian people greater security and a powerful asset in the fight against terrorism.”

The deal stipulates that Egypt should receive a total of 20 F-16 Block 52 aircraft, eight of which the US had delivered in 2013. However, US military aid was suspended following the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

The US decided to continue aid to Egypt in March 2015, declaring that it would be sending the remaining 12 fighters before the end of the year.

In July 2015, eight F-16 fighter jets flew over Cairo to celebrate their arrival from the US.

Since the 1979 Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty, Cairo has been the second-largest recipient of US military and economic aid after Tel Aviv.

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Al
30-10-2015 12:57am
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The Cure ...
Let's see how many of these F-16 can cure the HEP C-16 million victims in Egypt! Are those the magic machines the Egyptian Army "Scientists" claim that they can cure AIDS and HEP-C? if so please order some more!
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Tut
29-10-2015 10:25pm
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Yeahhhh
“vital multi-role aircraft that will provide the Egyptian people greater security and a powerful asset in the fight against terrorism.” OR ... This aid could have been applied to rebuilding the sewer system of Alexandria, preventing further disasters and death when it rains again, and it will!
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Tut
30-10-2015 08:50pm
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Who cares abut the MB!
You should care about the 40 million Egyptians living in slumps and cemeteries on less than $2/day; per family not per person! Stop hiding behind the MB, they are a drop in the ocean of Egypt REAL problems; namely bankruptcy!!
Key
30-10-2015 05:20pm
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MB are history
75 million was already allocated to the sewer system so not sure what you are trying to prove. Death will stop when there is not a single MB on the planet.
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Allen
29-10-2015 08:34pm
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One blunder by Obama after another.
These jets were only released after President Sisi called on Obama's bluff and went and got French fighter jets. The end result is Egypt is not dependent on one unreliable source any more. A win win situation for Egypt's security.
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