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|The Egyptian government's hostile response to a US initiative to fund pro-democracy groups has strained America's relations with its biggest Arab ally. Tension has been building since March, when the US announced plans to distribute $65 million in grants directly to pro-democracy groups. On July 31, when US Ambassador Anne Patterson arrived in Egypt to assume her new post, the cover of a state-run magazine depicted her using a wad of American dollars to light an American bomb in Egypt's iconic Tahrir Square. The caption referred to her as "The ambassador from hell." The majority of Egyptian NGOs have refused to accept (CIA linked) USAID and other US "pro-democracy" money.|
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