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US tries to maintain 'control' over Middle East
Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:59AM
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Allen Roland, an American columnist, has criticized US foreign policy in Egypt saying Washington is militarily supporting Cairo to maintain its “control” in the Middle East.


“Why we (the US) are supporting a regime that is out of control, killing its citizens”, he asked, during a phone interview with Press TV on Monday. He said Washington is using Egypt for “manipulating control” over the region.

The United State provides Egypt with $1.3 billion in military aid every year. Egypt has been the second top recipient of US foreign aid since World War II after Israel.

“A policy of arming military despots and regimes is coming to an end, Egypt is being a classic example,” Roland said. But, he added, the US is still providing Egypt with military support, despite the ouster of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi which was “indeed a military coup.”

Washington has not yet called the ouster of Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, a coup as such acknowledgement would have ended the US aid to Egypt in accordance with US law.

Morsi was removed from power by the military on July 3. Since then, his supporters have been protesting in the streets, calling for his return. The Egyptian military has cracked down on the protesters and killed hundreds of them.

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