Egyptian president wants US aircraft in exchange for ISIS strikes

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi called for the U.S. to lift the hold on the delivery of military aircraft to Egypt in exchange for its joining in strikes on the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). 

Sisi was asked in an interview with CBS broadcast Tuesday and taped Monday whether the Egyptian air force would join in strikes against ISIS militants.

{mosads}”Do you need the Egyptian air force in such an effort?” Sisi asked in response.

CBS’s Charlie Rose said that President Obama did not want the U.S. to be alone in the strikes. 

“Give us the Apaches and F-16s that you have been suspending for over a year and a half now,” Sisi responded.

The U.S. suspended those deliveries in the wake of Sisi’s ouster of President Mohamed Morsi last year. 

The Pentagon said that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel informed Egypt on Saturday that it would now go ahead with delivery of 10 Apache helicopters. 

Sisi told The Associated Press over the weekend that Egypt is “completely committed” to supporting the effort against ISIS. 

Egypt did not participate in the strikes against ISIS in Syria that began on Monday night. The U.S. said that the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar did participate in or support the strikes.

Tags Chuck Hagel
See all Hill.TV See all Video