US to deliver fighter jets to Egypt

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By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. is moving ahead with plans to deliver four F-16s to Egypt despite the ongoing debate about the military's overthrow of President Mohammed Morsi and whether it legally constitutes a coup that could shut off aid to the country.

Defense officials say senior administration leaders discussed the delivery and decided to let it continue. The fighters are part of a $1.3 billion package approved in 2010 that included 20 F-16s and some M1-A1 tank kits. Eight of the F-16s have been delivered, four are expected to be delivered in the coming weeks and the final eight will be sent later this year.

The Obama administration has said that it is staying neutral in the crisis and that interrupting aid to Egypt's military would not be in America's best interests.

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