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After a brief experiment with civilian democracy, Egypt reverted back to military rule on July 3, 2013. Egypt’s first civilian president Mohamed Morsi was ousted days amid mass protests against him nationwide on June 30. The military used the demonstrations to depose Morsi and return to power.
The events in Egypt over that summer left the country deeply polarized between those in favor of the military and others bitterly opposed. Since then, well over a thousand people have been killed and nearly two thousand arrested. Emergency law is back and a sense of fear prevails.
Egypt is the second largest recipient of U.S. military aid, receiving roughly $1.3 billion per year. After the height of the violence this summer, President Obama declared that "traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual."
Fault Lines speaks to military men from both U.S. as well as Egypt, including lobbyists who've been paid to represent its interests in Washington, to investigate whether the 35-year alliance will endure, despite the tense rhetoric.
Original air date: October 11, 2013
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