The United States has been supporting the government of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi as well as al-Qaeda groups in the region, an American journalist says.
“The U.S. government, under direct orders from President [Barack] Obama, has been supporting the Morsi government… and al-Qaeda linked networks all over the region,” Lawrence Freeman, an editor at the Executive Intelligence Review magazine said on Wednesday.
“We have taken a position behind this government and this government has not helped move the situation forwards in terms of the needs of the people,” he said.
Egypt’s military chief ousted President Mohamed Morsi on Wednesday and dissolved the country’s constitution in a move aimed at resolving the country’s debilitating political crisis.
During the Egyptian demonstrations, anti-government protesters blasted Obama for supporting Morsi after helping him take power following the 2011 revolution that ousted Hosni Mubarak.
The demonstrators say the Obama administration played a key role in manipulating the revolution that toppled Mubarak. They held signs such as: “Wake up America, Obama backs a fascist regime in Egypt,” and “Obama Supports Terrorism.”
About 500 U.S. Marines were recently deployed to southern Europe and are positioned to respond to the brewing chaos in Egypt.
Pentagon spokesman George Little said the military was postured for response in Egypt. “We have taken steps to ensure our military is ready to respond to a range of contingencies,” he said.
The U.S. Embassy in Cairo has been closed since Sunday, according to a notice posted on its website.
By Press TV
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