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Obama unblocks delivery of F-16s to Egypt

This US Department of Defense photo shows an F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft as it flies over the Pacific Alaskan Range Complex on October 16, 2008US President Barack Obama has approved the delivery of a dozen F-16 aircraft to Egypt that had been frozen after a military-led takeover. The White House said Obama told Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi by phone on Tuesday that a 2013 freeze would be lifted. The move comes as Egypt plays a key role in the Arab offensive against Iranian-backed Huthi rebels in Yemen and engages in the fight against the Islamic State group in Libya. The decision would help “create a US-Egyptian military assistance relationship that is better positioned to address the security challenges of the 21st century,” said National Security Council spokesperson Bernadette Meehan.

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