Iran’s foreign affairs minister was in Egypt today to deliver a personal note from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, according to Iranian and Egyptian reports.
A Pentagon spokesperson refused to categorically state that U.S. Marines in Egypt have been authorized to carry live ammunition, raising questions about the administration’s denial of reports indicating that the Marines were not carrying live ammo when the U.S. Embassy in Cairo was sieged by rioters.
U.S. Marines defending the American embassy in Egypt were not permitted by the State Department to carry live ammunition, limiting their ability to respond to attacks like those this week on the U.S. consulate in Cairo.
A mid-level staffer named Larry Schwartz is responsible for a series of statements and Twitter messages from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo that sparked a political firestorm Tuesday over America’s response to the attacks on its consulate, according to Foreign Policy.
U.S. intelligence agencies recently monitored a secret meeting between Egypt’s intelligence chief and a senior Iranian spy that is raising new fears the Muslim Brotherhood government in Cairo could begin covertly supporting global terrorism.