A World Gone Mad!
- The "evil" Russians are shipping weapons to Syria and Egypt so they could fight Islamists. Meanwhile the U.S. is trying to overthrow Syria and has cut off weapons to Egypt.
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration refuses to back Egypt’s attacks against the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL), which were launched after the jihadist group savagely beheaded 21 Egyptian Christians.
On Wednesday, a reporter asked Rear Adm. John Kirby, the outgoing Pentagon press secretary, “Do you support Egypt’s right to bomb ISIS targets in the wake of the Christian Coptics being killed?”
“We aren’t taking a position here in the Pentagon on these recent strikes by Egypt…we weren’t notified ahead of time. We didn’t participate or support them in any way, and we’re not taking a position on it,” said the press secretary in responding.
“We are neither condemning nor condoning” the Egyptian attacks against ISIS, an anonymous Obama administration official told The Daily Beast.
Kirby highlighted rifts in the relationship between the U.S and its longtime ally Egypt, which he called “complicated.”
The strained relations stem from “political developments” in Egypt that the Obama administration deems troubling.
“We view them as a strategic partner…But it’s a complicated relationship,” the spokesman told reporters. “The political developments there in Egypt make it so. And we’re working with the State Department. We’re kind of working our way through that.”
The tensions between the two nations have escalated in the last 18 months after the Obama administration suspended the sale of certain weapons to Cairo in the wake of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders removal from the presidential office in Egypt.
In response, Egypt has reached out to China and Russia for weapons.
“We’re constantly reviewing the relationship with Egypt,” said the Pentagon spokesman.
|Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi.|
Russia Offers Egypt Fighter Jets, Helicopters, Weapons
kkEgyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi paid his first visit in office to Russia, meeting with President Vladimir Putin, agreeing to increase cooperation, and discussing an arms deal that would include advanced weapons that could be used to fight terrorism emanating from Sinai.
The parties discussed the delivery of Russian arms, including “24 Mikoyan MiG- 29 fighter jets, as well as its Kornet anti-tank missile systems, attack helicopters Kamov Ka-25, Mil Mi-28 and Mi-25,” Russia’s RIA Novosti reported on Tuesday.