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Security advisers tell Obama to reduce US aid to Egypt

WASHINGTON — President Obama’s top national security aides have recommended that the United States suspend hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic assistance to Egypt in response to the Egyptian military’s ouster of the country’s first democratically elected leader, US officials said Wednesday.

Such a step would be a dramatic shift for an administration that has declined to label President Mohamed Morsi’s July 3 removal a coup and has contended that it is in US national security interests to keep the aid flowing. It would probably also have profound implications for decades of close US-Egyptian ties that have served as a bulwark of security and stability in the Middle East.

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