Egypt's Military Government Arrests Opposition Leader

The military escalates its crackdown as Congress debates whether to cut off aid.
1:35 | 08/20/13

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crisis in egypt. And america's response. While members of congress continue to debate whether to cut off u.S. Aid to egypt, the military regime is escalating the crackdown by arresting a leader of the opposition. Abc's martha raddatz is on the ground in cairo with all the latest. Good morning, martha. Reporter: Good morning, george. Egyptian security forces overnight arrested the spiritual head of the muslim brotherhood, took him away. They have detained him. All the egyptian security forces wearing bulletproof vests. This is all of the muslim brotherhood leadership that's been arrested. This adds to the tension here, although, they have put in a replacement as the spiritual head right now. We are actually over tahrir square. It seems fairly calm here this morning. There's a few tents set up. Fairly peaceful. We just don't know what's coming next. And talk about turnabouts. Some reports that the former president, mubarak, who has been under arrest for much of the last year, might actually be released? Reporter: There are a lot of headlines here this morning that he could be released. But there's so many legal maneuvers they would have to go through. It's seen as doubtful. Even though headlines create tension, george. I would imagine so. And meanwhile, the united states saying for now, at least, they will not be suspending military aid to the government in egypt. Reporter: That is right. They are not suspending it. They are still looking at it. Meanwhile, saudi arabia is sending in billions of dollars. Okay. Martha raddatz, thanks very much.

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