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February 8, 2012 1:15 pm

U.S. General Traveling to Egypt Amid High Tensions

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Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin E. Dempsey. Photo: wiki commons.

StarTribune – With $1.3 billion in annual U.S. military aid hanging in the balance, Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will travel to Egypt to press for the charges against 16 American nonprofit workers to be dropped.

The visit this week by the top U.S. military official likely represents the strongest leverage the United States has in its effort to get Egypt’s ruling generals to end a crackdown on U.S. and Egyptian nonprofit groups. The White House and the State Department have unsuccessfully pressed the case with Egypt’s military council, but no U.S. government department has worked more closely with the Egyptian military over the years than the Pentagon has.

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