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Jan 31st, 2011


As Egyptians take to the streets to call for the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak, some analysts caution about the prospect of protests in Egypt spreading across the Arab world, with popular revolt erupting in Middle Eastern countries such as Yemen, Jordan, Syria, and even Saudi Arabia, with grave implications for regional stability and U.S. national security interests.

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Arab leaders fear Egypt protest’s domino effect (NBC Nightly News, Jan. 31, 2011) – A new slogan — “Today Egypt, tomorrow Yemen” — has given voice to the potential for protests in Egypt to spread across the Arab world, leaving many to wonder whether full-scale revolt will erupt in neighboring countries as well. NBC’s Martin Fletcher reports. (02:05)

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Israel’s PM warns of Islamic takeover in Egypt (NBC Nightly News, Jan. 31, 2011) – After days of conspicuous silence from Israel, Egypt’s critical ally in Mideast peace, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday publicly voiced the growing concern of many that Egypt could turn into another Iran. NBC’s Michele Kosinski reports. (02:02)

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Hovering on the brink of a revolution (NBC Nightly News, Jan. 31, 2011) – As a seventh day of street demonstrations set the stage for what protest leaders in Egypt are calling a “march of a million” set for Tuesday, the Egyptian government could no longer protect foreigners as it struggles to stay in power. NBC’s Richard Engel reports. (05:37)

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Who is the Muslim Brotherhood? (MSNBC, Jan. 31, 2011) – NBC’s Richard Engel shares his insight on the fundamentalist group which advocates Islamic rule. (07:40)

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2/3/11 Update

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Emboldened by Egypt, protests spread (NBC Nightly News, Feb. 3, 2011) – As the clamor for regime change spreads across the Arab world, there are signs that some governments are getting the message and making promises of reform. NBC’s Martin Fletcher reports. (02:52)

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Interactive: The Egypt effect

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Topical reports on this site

Violence Erupts in Egypt (Feb. 2, 2011)


Pro-government demonstrators, bottom, watch as cars burn during clashes with anti-government demonstrators, behind barriers at top, in Tahrir Square early on Feb. 3. Hundreds of people were injured in the clashes in which the two sides rained stones, bottles and firebombs on each other as soldiers stood by without intervening. (Photo credit: Lefteris Pitarakis / AP)

Al-Qaida Lashes Out At Obama (June 3, 2009)


Egyptians on a public bus in front of Cairo University, Egypt, June 2, 2009, where U.S. President Barack Obama was scheduled to address the Muslim world in a June 4 speech during his visit to Egypt. (Photo credit: Amr Nabil / AP)

Bin Laden Rails Against Obama (June 4, 2009)

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Obama reaches out (NBC “Today,” June 4, 2009) – President Obama delivers a major address in Cairo, Egypt, saying that the U.S. and Islam “are not mutually exclusive.” NBC’s Savannah Guthrie reports. (02:16)

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: One Year Ago — January 31, 2010

Afghanistan Fog of War

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An Afghan National Army soldier stands guard near the scene of a friendly fire incident. (Photo credit: Rahmat Nikzad / AP)

One year ago today, I reported that U.S. Special Forces working with Afghan commandos clashed with Afghan troops manning a snow-covered outpost and called in an airstrike, killing four Afghan soldiers in a case of mistaken identity. Separately, an Afghan interpreter killed two U.S. service members at a combat outpost and U.S. soldiers shot and killed an Afghan imam when his car approached a convoy.

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FROM THE ARCHIVES: Two Years Ago — January 31, 2009

Election Day in Iraq

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Mourners gather around the coffin of Omer Farooq al-Ani, a Sunni candidate for provincial council killed in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad on Friday, Jan. 30, 2009. Gunmen apparently targeting political candidates staged attacks around Iraq. (Photo credit: Khalid Mohammed / AP)

Two years ago today, on Jan. 31, 2009, I reported that Iraq imposed a nationwide security lockdown before key regional elections with blanket measures not seen since the deadliest years of the insurgency, underscoring the high stakes for Iraqi leaders desperate to portray stability after nearly six years of conflict prompted by the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

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