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Morocco cancels war games with U.S. over rights (USA TODAY)

RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Morocco on Tuesday canceled its annual military exercises with the United States after the Obama administration backed having the U.N. monitor human rights in the disputed territory of Western Sahara, U.S. officials said.

The 13th annual “African Lion” exercise — involving 1,400 U.S. servicemen and 900 Moroccan troops, as well as foreign observers from places like France and Germany — had been set to start Wednesday with many personnel already in place. The troops and equipment were now in the process of being redeployed, according to Eric Elliott, a spokesman for the U.S. Africa Command, or Africom.

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