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Wednesday, Feb. 2, President Barack Obama delivered an ultimatum to Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman and the army and security chiefs: Mubarak must be removed in the coming hours or else US aid to Egypt will be cut off
Washington sources exclusively report. Pressure on the Egyptian armed forces to oust the president forthwith was further applied by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton who called Vice President Omar Suleiman, US Defense Secretary Robert Gates who called Egyptian defense minister Mohamed Tantawi, and US armed forces chief Adm. Mike Mullen in a telephone call to the Egyptian chief of staff Gen. Sami Enan.,
French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister David Cameron were recruited earlier to lean hard on Egyptian army chiefs to bring Mubarak's presidency to an end in the coming hours.
Our sources report that all the Israelis remaining in Egypt, including news correspondents, were evacuated from Egypt Wednesday night in view of the danger of civil warfare spreading from the first confrontation in Tahrir Square between pro- and anti-Mubarak activists on the ninth day of the campaign for his overthrow.
It turned into a bloody collision with 30 confirmed dead and at least 2,000 injured - most of them protesters.
Obama slapped down his ultimatum when he saw Mubarak had unleashed the strong-arm squads of his National Democratic Party against the anti-government protesters, the day after he told the nation that he would stay for the remainder of his term as president.
The White House shot back: "President Barack Obama has been clear on Egypt that the transition must begin now, and now means now."
Obama hardened his position following three more occurrences:
Originally posted by tribewilder
Um..I wouldn't put too much faith in debka...
Actually, I wouldn't put any faith in them myself.........
Originally posted by FredT
Meh, If true its pure spin at this point. The US has been in bed with the current regime for decades and this is an attempt at damage control by appealing to the mob.edit on 2/2/11 by FredT because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by MMPI2
reply to post by FredT
My thoughts exactly...Obama could have done this years ago.
Why now as opposed to 20 months ago before all the chaos and bloodshed occurred.
Obama is simply trying to get out from behind the eight-ball on this one.
Suleiman has been implicated as directly involved in the controversial CIA "rendition" program.
Director of the Egyptian General Intelligence Directorate (EGID), the national intelligence agency, from 1993 to 2011. In his role as Director of EGID, the British Daily Telegraph dubbed him as "one of the world's most powerful spy chiefs". Foreign Policy magazine ranked him the Middle East's most powerful intelligence chief, ahead of Mossad chief Meir Dagan.
Originally posted by toreishi
reply to post by Ben81
and that's why you shouldn't believe this, because they want you to believe that this is true. sadly, it isn't. as has been stated before by others in this thread, Egypt is a sovereign nation and as such the president of the US doesn't have any right telling the armed forces of another country to do one thing or another. do a research on disinformation.