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U.S. Secretary Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson speaks during a a public forum Tuesday Aug. 8, 2017, that was held in the Cairo Junior/Senior High School Gymnasium in Cairo, Ill. (Richard Sitler/The Southern Illinoisan via AP)

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U.S. Secretary Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson, right, accompanied by Cairo Mayor Tyrone Coleman, listens to questions during a a public forum Tuesday Aug. 8, 2017, at the Cairo Junior/Senior High School Gymnasium in Cairo, Ill. (Richard Sitler /The Southern Illinoisan via AP)

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U.S. Secretary Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Ben Carson responds to questions during an interview with The Southern Illinoisan newspaper, Tuesday Aug. 8, 2017, in the Alexander Housing Authority Shuemaker Building in Cairo, Ill. (Richard Sitler /The Southern Illinoisan via AP)

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A billboard welcomes Pope Francis, at St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, April 27, 2017. On Friday, Francis is scheduled to begin a two-day pilgrimage to Egypt aimed at lifting the spirits of Christians in the Middle East, whose numbers have rapidly dwindled in recent decades due to war, displacement and emigration. The visit will include a meeting with Egypt's president and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar as well as a Mass in a stadium on the outskirts of Cairo. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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This Aug. 20, 2015 photo shows the McBride apartments, a family-designated public housing complex of the Alexander County Housing Authority, in Cairo, Ill. The town was once a shipping hub and home to 15,000 people. But racial strife, flooding and economic troubles have left Cairo with just 2,600 residents, a vacant downtown, abandoned buildings and little habitable housing. (Richard Sitler/The Southern Illinoisan via AP)

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In this May 10, 2016 photo, Kenny Simelton talks about issues with his Elmwood apartment in Cairo, Ill. Simelton had pulled back the stove to show where rats have been getting in. A government plan to tear down the crumbling public housing complex in the southern Illinois town of Cairo has sent roughly 200 families searching for new homes and sparked fears that the once-thriving river city could be coming to an end. (Richard Sitler/The Southern Illinoisan via AP)

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FILE - This Oct. 13, 2015 file photo shows abandoned buildings which dominate downtown in Cairo, Ill. A federal government plan to tear down the crumbling public housing complex in the southern Illinois town of Cairo has sent roughly 200 families searching for new homes and sparked fears that the once-thriving river city could be coming to an end. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman File)

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In this April 10, 2017 photo, Kevin McAllister demands answers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during a residents meeting concerning the Alexander County McBride and Elmwood Place public housing in Cairo, Ill. A government plan to tear down the crumbling public housing complex in the southern Illinois town of Cairo has sent roughly 200 families searching for new homes and sparked fears that the once-thriving river city could be coming to an end. (Richard Sitler/The Southern Illinoisan via AP)

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FILE - This Oct. 13, 2015 file photo shows abandoned buildings which dominate downtown in Cairo, Ill. A federal government plan to tear down the crumbling public housing complex in the southern Illinois town of Cairo has sent roughly 200 families searching for new homes and sparked fears that the once-thriving river city could be coming to an end. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman File)

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A billboard welcomes Pope Francis, at St. Mark's Cathedral in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, April 27, 2017. On Friday, Francis is scheduled to begin a two-day pilgrimage to Egypt aimed at lifting the spirits of Christians in the Middle East, whose numbers have rapidly dwindled in recent decades due to war, displacement and emigration. The visit will include a meeting with Egypt's president and the Grand Imam of Al-Azhar as well as a Mass in a stadium on the outskirts of Cairo. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

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FILE - In this May 21, 2016, file photo, an EgyptAir plane flies past minarets of a mosque as it approaches Cairo International Airport, in Cairo, Egypt. A new U.S. security measure targeting flights from eight mostly Muslim countries is leading travelers to reconsider their plans to fly through some airports in the Middle East. An electronics ban affects flights from international airports to the U.S. from in Amman, Jordan; Kuwait City, Kuwait; Cairo; Istanbul; Jeddah and Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; Casablanca, Morocco; Doha, Qatar; and Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil, File)

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People gather around part of a statue, the head of King Psamtek 1, after a press conference at the Egyptian museum in Cairo, Thursday, March 16, 2017. The three-ton torso of the massive statue King Psamtek 1 was lifted on Monday from mud and groundwater where it was recently discovered in a Cairo slum. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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Men gather around a stone part of the statue of King Psamtek l after a press conference at the Egyptian museum in Cairo, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Egypt's antiquities minister Khaled el-Anani, told at a news conference that the colossus discovered last week in an eastern Cairo suburb almost certainly depicts Psamtek I, who ruled Egypt between 664 and 610 B.C. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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People gather around stone parts of the statue of King Psamtek l after a press conference at the Egyptian museum in Cairo, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Egypt's antiquities minister Khaled el-Anani, told at a news conference that the colossus discovered last week in an eastern Cairo suburb almost certainly depicts Psamtek I, who ruled Egypt between 664 and 610 B.C. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anani, second left, talks near a stone part of the statue of King Psamtek l after a press conference at the Egyptian museum in Cairo, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Egypt's antiquities minister Khaled el-Anani, told at a news conference that the colossus discovered last week in an eastern Cairo suburb almost certainly depicts Psamtek I, who ruled Egypt between 664 and 610 B.C. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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Antiquities workers bring down stone parts of the statue of King Psamtek l at the Egyptian museum in Cairo, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Egypt's antiquities minister Khaled el-Anani, told at a news conference that the colossus discovered last week in an eastern Cairo suburb almost certainly depicts Psamtek I, who ruled Egypt between 664 and 610 B.C. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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A boy looks at a stone, part of a statue of King Psamtek 1, after a press conference at the Egyptian museum in Cairo, Thursday, March 16, 2017. The three-ton torso of the massive statue was lifted on Monday from mud and groundwater where it was recently discovered in a Cairo slum. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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A cat sits in front of stone parts of the statue of King Psamtek l, before a press conference at the Egyptian museum in Cairo, Thursday, March 16, 2017. Egypt's antiquities minister Khaled el-Anani, told at a news conference that the colossus discovered last week in an eastern Cairo suburb almost certainly depicts Psamtek I, who ruled Egypt between 664 and 610 B.C. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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Illustration on the state of the Middle East in theseven years since Obama's Cairo speech by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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People gather near the scene where a bomb exploded early Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015, near a national security building in the Shubra el-Kheima neighborhood of Cairo. For blocks around the blast site in the popular residential neighborhood, glass from blown-out windows could be seen on the street. (AP Photo/Brian Rohan)