President Obama Cancels US-Egypt Military Drill

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Egyptian interim President Adli Mansour responded to President Barack Obama's cancellation of next month's U.S.-Egypt military drills by pleading the case for the use of force in his country.

In a statement released Thursday, Mansour said while Egypt "appreciates the American concern of the developing events, it would like things to be put in their correct context and the real facts of the situation on the ground to be understood," the Times of Israel reported Friday.

Mansour said Egypt is facing "terrorist acts targeting government buildings and vital facilities [that] have included tens of churches, courthouses, police stations, as well as many public facilities and private properties."

Images of Islamist attacks on churches and government buildings appear to confirm his remarks.

Officially, the Obama administration hasn't labeled the transition a "military coup," which by law would cut off U.S. military and economic aid to Egypt.

"Our traditional cooperation [with Egypt] cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back," the president said from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard Thursday.

Meanwhile, Egyptian military attaché to Washington Maj. Gen. Mohamed Elkeshky told TIME the government had to dismantle the protest sites.

"The sit-in has infringed [on] the rights of all residence [sic] of the area and has been building walls, accumulating weapons, using children and women as human shields, affecting extremely negatively the hygienic situation in the area and negatively affecting the life of the residence [sic]," Elkeshky wrote in an email. "The Egyptian security forces continue to maintain self-control and respect of human rights in its efforts to maintain peace and security in Egypt."

Still some believe Obama supports the Muslim Brotherhood.

"The Obama administration's blatant Islamist support is risking the decades-long security arrangement with Egypt," an unnamed U.S. official told the Washington Free Beacon. "The Egyptians are so upset they might very well give up our support," he said.

"The administration, through a combination of ignorance, incompetence and support for the Islamists is reversing the strategy gains we made in Egypt," he said.

Whether the Obama administration sympathizes with the Brotherhood or not, Egypt's interim government and its Defense Minister Abdel Fattah El-Sisi enjoy the support of the majority of Egyptians.

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