Tuesday, February 1, 2011

U.S. orders nonessential personnel to leave Egypt - Washington Times #tcot

Demonstrators hold banners in Tahrir, or Liberation, Square in Cairo on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, to demand that President Hosni Mubarak⁠ step down after nearly 30 years in power. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra⁠)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department on Tuesday ordered nonessential U.S. government personnel and their families to leave Egypt amid growing anti-government protests and uncertainty over the security situation.

The move came as the Obama administration grasps for a response to the revolt against its strongest Arab ally and struggles with the implications for U.S. policy in the Middle East and beyond.

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