The U.S. is delaying indefinitely its delivery of four new F-16 fighter jets to Egypt in light of the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, but has not yet decided to suspend all military aid. Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said it was Barack Obama’s decision to hold back on the F-16 deliveries.
The Blaze According to Little, the delay applies only to the F-16 fighter jets — the broader question of whether to suspend $1.3 billion in annual military assistance in response to the Egyptian military’s removal of the country’s Islamist president three weeks ago has not been settled.
The administration came under heavy fire in the past for continuing to supply F-16 jets to a highly unstable and radical Muslim Brotherhood-run Egypt during Morsi’s rule. Back in February, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad went to Egypt just days after the United States delivered four fresh jets.