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(CNN) -- When thousands of angry protesters take to the streets of Egypt on Friday, one man many see as the country's next potential leader will be among them. The Cairo-born former head of the United Nations nuclear watchdog, Nobel Peace Prize winner Mohamed ElBaradei is returning to the country, ...
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Winds of change fannin' the flames of Muslim Enlightenment...

Six countries in the Arab world where 'winds of change' are blowing
Those who said that 'winds of change' were blowing through the Middle East were right. As Egyptians continue to protest in Tahrir Square and their chants beam into the living rooms throughout the Middle East, here is a look at where those 'winds of change' have taken us.

Tunisia was the one that started it all. When Mohammed Bouazizi set himself on fire in December, he didnít intend to spark a regional upheaval. Protests about unemployment, high food prices and other domestic problems continued at a low level for weeks, exploding in mid-January. In a matter of days, then-President Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali fled the country. Tunisia is now trying to cobble together a provisional government to lead the country until it can hold its first free election in years later this year.

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February 2, 2011 - Anderson Cooper attacked: CNN reporter, Anderson Cooper, was attacked by Mubarak supporters in Cairo as crowds punched and kicked Cooper and camera operator, and ripped at clothes of female crew member.
CNN anchor and reporter, Anderson Cooper, was attacked in Cairo, Wednesday. Cooper and his team were walking in Tahrir square through a large crowd of Mubarak supporters when the scene turned ugly. The crowd had let him walk for several minutes into the square when one man leaped out of the crowd, screaming, and attempted to grab the camera. When he then began to attack Cooper's crew, people around the crowd began to join in, at which point the team decided to leave the square. They began walking away from the group who had begun the assault on them, but as they walked out of the square, various other groups rushed towards them, shouting, punching, and kicking the crew.

Cooper can be heard in video saying "I've been hit now, like, ten times," and "the Egyptian soldiers are doing nothing." In the video, crowds can be seen running towards Cooper's team several times as they attempted to exit the square. When the team began to run, they were instructed by a few friendly Egyptians to walk, or else it would be interpreted as encouragement to the violent crowd. Once they had escaped to safety, Cooper reported that aside from kicking and punching the crew, the crowd had thrown bottles, bloodied the camera operator's eye, and tried to rip a female crew member's clothes off. In the hours since the attack on Cooper's team, it has become apparent that journalists were a target, Wednesday. According to MSNBC's Richard Engle and Al Jezeera, other journalists were attacked similarly during the day.

Since then, Tahrir Square has become the site of bloody clashes, largely instigated by pro-Mubarak protesters, some of them police in disguise. Reports of heavy machine gun fire and tanks laying down smoke screens turned downtown Cairo into a war zone. Reuters reports four dead and more than 1,500 wounded as the violence continues. The US State Department has advised American citizens to "report to airport immediately," saying "Further delay is not advisable." No word on whether Cooper and his team will heed their advice.

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