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Obama cancels joint exercises with Egyptian military

WASHINGTON — President Obama on Thursday condemned the Egyptian military’s brutal crackdown on Islamist protesters and canceled a joint military exercise with US troops that had been scheduled for next month, but he stopped short of halting $1.3 billion in annual US military aid to the country.

The response by the president — who interrupted his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard to deliver an audio statement — is part of a delicate balancing act. The White House appeared to be weighing the need to engage Egypt’s generals against concerns that the United States not appear too cozy with an unelected government that is depending on bullets and bulldozers to thwart opponents.

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