CAIRO: The U.S. will soon deliver 10 AH-64 Apache helicopter gunships to Egypt as part of bilateral relations and mutual support for counterterrorism efforts, The U.S. Department of Defense said Saturday.
This came following a phone call between U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and his Egyptian counterpart Sedki Sobhy, where the two discussed the regional security situation and the U.S.-led war on the Islamic State group (IS).
The U.S. has been providing Egypt with Apache helicopters to support military operations against Sinai militants since relations normalized following the election of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. Ties became tense between the two nominal allies following the military overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
In June 2014, the U.S. released $575 million in military aid to Egypt that had been frozen since the ousting of Morsi. The cash release followed a visit to Sisi by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on June 22.