US to participate in biennial military exercise with Egypt for first time since Arab Spring

The US military will take part in a biennial joint military exercise with Egypt called Bright Star 2017 — marking the first time the United States has participated in the joint exercise since the toppling of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The joint exercise dates back to the early 1980s, following the signing of the Camp David Accords during President Jimmy Carter’s administration. Bright Star was carried out every other year since — until 2012, when the exercise was canceled due to instability in Egypt after Mubarak’s ouster.
Then-President Barack Obama canceled the exercise in 2014 over allegations of human rights abuses by the Egyptian government following the 2013 military coup.
US Army Maj. Josh Jacques, a spokesman for US Central Command, which oversees US troops in the region, called Bright Star 2017 a bilateral “command-post exercise, field training exercise and senior leader seminar held with the Arab Republic of Egypt.”
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