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Cairo coup leaves Obama with an Egyptian headache

The sudden removal of Mohamed Morsi from power by the Egyptian military is likely to see the US president hedging his bets in the immediate aftermath, writes Niall Stanage.

6th July, 2013
According to some reports, Washington was still trying to persuade the Egyptian military not to remove Morsi in the final hours of his rule.

Last week's extraordinary upheaval in Egypt, culminating in a military coup, was the latest twist in a Middle Eastern tale that has caused persistent headaches for the United States in recent years.

Until recently, US officials - including Washington's ambassador in Cairo, Anne Patterson - had backed the government of Mohamed Morsi, cautioning that a popular uprising was unlikely to have a beneficial effect for the Egyptian people.

At least 30 people were killed and...

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