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Over 860 anti-government demonstrators have been arrested in Cairo and Suez on day two of protests as Hillary Clinton urges restraint. View video and photos of the protests plus the latest updates. A second day of protests in Egypt has led police to arrest more than 860 anti-government demonstrators ...
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White House keeps wary eye on Egyptian turbulence
31 Jan.`11 WASHINGTON — As thousands of protesters prepared to escalate their anti-government demands in Egypt's capital city, the White House watched warily.
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President Obama received updates throughout the day Monday after a morning intelligence briefing dominated by the protests in Cairo. His National Security Council brought in outside experts to discuss the situation. Vice President Biden made calls to leaders in the region. And White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was peppered with questions about how the United States is responding to the dramatic challenge confronting one of its closest allies in the Middle East.

As the crisis played out on TV screens worldwide, the Obama administration continued to project a calm, ultra-cautious response. "We're not picking between those on the street and those in the government," said Gibbs, who was asked repeatedly if the United States will press Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to cede to the demands of protesters and step down. Analysts say there is little the Obama administration could — or even should — do at this stage to manage the outcome of the uprising in Egypt.

"We can't control what happens in Egypt this week," says Jon Alterman, director of the Middle East program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. "In the longer term, this could be the beginning of a cascading series of profound challenges, but there's nothing the U.S. can do right now to either prevent or steer those challenges."

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31 Jan.`11 - Egyptians have taken to the streets to protest the authoritarian regime of President Hosni Mubarak. President Obama has urged Mubarak not to respond with violence and to take steps toward universal rights and political changes. USA TODAY reporter Joan Biskupic explains what's at stake for the U.S.
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Q: Why is the turmoil in Egypt of such concern to the United States?

A: Egypt, the most populous country in the Arab world, has played a crucial role in working with U.S. officials toward Middle East peace and been a strong partner in military and intelligence efforts. Egypt was the first Arab country to join a peace treaty with Israel — the 1979 pact brokered by the Carter administration— and since then, says American University professor Mustafa Aksakal, "Egypt has been at the center of U.S. strategy to maintain stable relations between Israel and its neighbors."

Samer Shehata, a professor of Arab politics in Georgetown University's foreign service school, points at Egypt's military forces — the 10th-largest army in the world — and that Egypt has been the site for Operation Bright Star, the multinational exercises intended to boost the readiness of U.S., Egyptian and coalition forces. Egypt also controls the Suez Canal, through which significant oil shipments are carried from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean, passing to Europe and eventually the U.S.

Q: How great is the risk that revolt in Egypt will spread to Persian Gulf countries, particularly those big oil producing countries with ties to the United States such as Saudi Arabia?

A: Analysts generally believe the turmoil would not spread to Saudi Arabia or other Persian Gulf countries but warn that the situation is unpredictable. James Zogby, president of the Arab American Institute, says, "The Gulf is a distinct region. There's the naive notion that what catches fire here, spreads over to there, but each country in the Mideast has evolved with its own special character. There will be some inflaming of passions, but this will not dramatically affect" other countries.

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