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  • Demonstrators who support the Egyptian military hold up a mask of Egyptian Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi as they protest what they say is the U.S. government's support of the Muslim Brotherhood, Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013, in front of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Thursday, August 22, 2013 1:55 pm

Egypt military supporters rally at White House

By JOSH LEDERMANAssociated Press

About 500 protesters supporting Egypt's military are marching outside the White House.

They're denouncing the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorists and insisting the ouster of Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi wasn't a coup.

The protesters are chanting "down with the Brotherhood" and demanding Obama not interfere with the military's crackdown.

Twenty-four-year-old Vivian Michael says Egyptian-American groups and Coptic Christian churches organized the protests. She says if Obama can't support Egypt's transition, he at least should not condemn it.

The Secret Service says the protests are peaceful ,and there have been no arrests.

The Obama administration is conflicted over whether to cut off Egyptian aid. The U.S. wants to continue aiding Egypt's military-backed government to maintain ties and regional influence. But it doesn't want to condone the bloody crackdown on Morsi's supporters.