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It sounds like it was an effort to be polite to their hosts. I suppose that's well and good. But I hope they understand the message it likely sends.
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What can I tell you is we are continuing to review the security assistance policy in light of developments -- developments inside Egypt, so we are still holding -- currently holding on the delivery of several weapon systems, to include the F-16s, the --the M1A1 tanks and -- and some other things, like Harpoon missiles. Those are still on -- on hold, and there's been no decision with respect to that.
We weren't notified ahead of time. We didn't participate or support them in any way, and we're not taking a position on it.
It's a complex relationship that we have with Egypt.
There's about 1,200 individuals who have been identified for participation -- potential participation -- in this process and in this program, where they will be trained, I don't have that information right now.
Let's not forget in whose hands this woman died. And let's not forget who's ultimately responsible for it: ISIL.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel believes that the risk has been substantially mitigated through the assurances that we received through the Emir of Qatar, i would remind you that these are assurances that the emir personally gave to the President of the United States. I'm not going to go into every detail on these assurances, but -- but the secretary is comfortable that the risk is mitigated through these assurances.
We have a strong security partnership with Qatar, and are in constant dialogue with Qatari government officials about these five detainees and we are confident that we would be able to mitigate any threat of re-engagement by any of these members.
Details about the mission remain classified.
It's the Iraqi air space and (Iraq’s) to deconflict. We are not coordinating with nor are we deconflicting with Iranian military.
We have indications that they (Iranians) have flown these missions in recent days, these airstrikes in eastern Iraq.
We are not coordinating with nor are we deconflicting with Iranian military.
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