Tahrir Square a day after a revolution
February 12th, 2011
06:40 PM ET

Egypt: U.S. military officials meet with Middle East counterparts

Tens of thousands of demonstrators have rallied since January 25 on the streets of Egypt's major cities, calling for economic reforms, railing against corruption and demanding an end to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule. After daily street demonstrations, Mubarak decided to step down from the presidency of Egypt on February 11 and assigned the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to run the affairs of the country. Check out our full coverage and the latest tweets from CNN correspondents on the ground.

Developments, as confirmed by CNN, on the revolution in Egypt:

[Update 1:40 a.m. in Cairo, 6:40 p.m. ET] Egyptians on Saturday cleared burned cars, garbage and debris that accumulated over 18 days at Tahrir Square, a sign that Cairo and the rest of the country were beginning to get back to work while wondering what government comes next after the revolution.

A day after President Hosni Mubarak stepped down, employees and businesses readied themselves for Sunday, the traditional start of the work week. The country's stock market is expected to reopen Wednesday.

Volunteers repainted black and white striped street curbs around a monument by the Egyptian Museum, which had been on the front line in street battles between Mubarak's foes and supporters.

[Update 12:08 a.m. in Cairo, 5:08 p.m. ET] U.S. President Barack Obama spoke by phone Saturday with the leaders of Britain, Jordan and Turkey to discuss developments in Egypt. He also welcomed the Egyptian military's announcement that it is committed to a democratic transition and will honor Egypt's international obligations, the White House said.

[Update 10:15 p.m. in Cairo, 3:15 p.m. ET] Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak spoke to his Egyptian counterpart Mohammed Hussein Tantawi on the phone Saturday, according to a ministry spokesman. No other details were available.

[Update 8:45 p.m. in Cairo, 1:45 p.m. ET] Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, plans to visit key Mideast allies Israel and Jordan this weekend, a Pentagon official told CNN on Saturday.

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke with Egyptian Field Marshal Mohammed Hussein Tantawi on Saturday, the sixth phone conversation with the minister since the situation began.

[Update 7:42 p.m. in Cairo, 12:42 ET] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the Egyptian military's intention to honor its peace treaty with Israel and said the agreement "is the cornerstone for peace and stability in the entire Middle East."

- Saudi Arabia's government said on Saturday it "welcomes the peaceful transition of power in Egypt," the official Saudi news agency reported.

- Military forces in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday detained three people for allegedly harassing others, though those individuals are expected to be released later, CNN's Frederik Pleitgen reported.

- Egypt's military urged the population to help bolster the country's economic condition, a sector that has been paralyzed in recent weeks by the country's unrest.

- The military urged residents to cooperate with the country's police forces, a reference to the animosity protesters had toward police that helped fuel the Egyptian uprising.

- Before a new Cabinet is formed, the Egyptian military called on people and the government to support the caretaker government.

- Egypt state television, citing a judicial source, reported that the country's former prime minister and former information and interior ministers were banned from traveling abroad due to a lawsuit filed against them.

Update 4:51 p.m. in Cairo, 9:51 a.m. ET] The head of the Egyptian stock market, Khaled Serry Seyam, said trading will resume Wednesday, February 16, Egyptian state TV reported Saturday.

[Update 4:43 p.m. in Cairo, 9:43 a.m. ET] Demonstrators brought into Tahrir Square a large marble statue whose purpose appeared to be to honor those killed in the unrest of the past 18 days.

[Update 3:13 p.m. in Cairo, 8:13 a.m. ET] The Egyptian military called on people and the government to support the caretaker government before a new Cabinet is formed. The military government also said it will honor all international agreements, which would include Egypt's peace treaty with Israel.

[Update 3:06 p.m. in Cairo, 8:06 a.m. ET] A large number of soldiers entered Tahrir Square on foot and began clearing protesters' barricades and taking up positions. Demonstrators cheered the soldiers and patted them on the back as they ran by, and one soldier was hoisted onto protesters' shoulders. Protesters and soldiers worked together to clear debris and load it into dump trucks.

[Update 11:03 a.m. in Cairo, 4:03 a.m. ET] State-run newspapers - which frequently ran the line of Mubarak's government - published headlines such as "The people have brought down the regime" on Saturday.

Many gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday morning said they had stayed overnight amid the celebratory atmosphere. Many said they were happy with the military council taking over. Others said they would stay in the square until they get more concessions - such as the freeing of political prisoners. And some people said they would continue to protest "until Egypt is ruled by a civil government - not a military one."

[Update 10:10 a.m. in Cairo, 3:10 a.m. ET] Clean-up efforts began in the area in and around Cairo's Tahrir Square Saturday morning. Crews towed away burned cars that had been used as barricades and collected garbage.

Some people who spent the night in the square said they would continue to protest "until Egypt is ruled by a civil government, not a military one." Others waved Egyptian flags and painted images of the flag on their faces.

[Update 8:55 a.m. in Cairo, 1:55 a.m. ET] In a statement released late Friday, the Tunisian foreign ministry expressed "total satisfaction" over the announcement of Mubarak's resignation, the Tunis Afrique Presse (TAP) news agency reported.

Wael Ghonim, the Egyptian activist whose Facebook page is credited with triggering the uprising, wrote on his Twitter feed early Saturday, "Dear Egyptians, Go back to your work on Sunday, work like never before and help Egypt become a developed country."

Ghonim, on leave from his job as a Google executive, earlier wrote urging people to try to raise 100 billion Egyptian pounds (17 billion U.S. dollars) "to rebuild Egypt."

Ghonim, who spent 10 days in custody after being seized by Egyptian security, also wrote, "Soon the ugly face of the regime will be supported by documents and evidence."

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  1. tomcat

    BTW...I do not believe that is RUFFNUTT.....there is a "clone" about....got cesar and me too

    February 12, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy

    Lol, leeintulsa. He's something else!

    February 12, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    Hello! Phillip has been busy @work, and working on a project on his pc, and he told me he can't find the blogs on it for some strange reason. (He usually uses his phone, which has no reception where his pc is located). I just "talked" to him this AM, he misses you guys, too.

    I know there are clones, but why on earth would anyone use RUFFNUTT's name, and then post that way? Lol! Hope you're doing OK!

    February 12, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |

      my computer goes down for a couple days cause i had to drive to cali and get some umm... supplies ... and the clone has cloned me up..

      February 12, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      It may be your surrogate: a 500lb sloppy fat white women leaning back in a dentist chair hooked up to electrodes.

      February 12, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    Now is that *you*, leeintulsa, or has Ruffie cloned *your* name? Lol! In anycase, *that's* classic RUFFNUTT!!!

    February 12, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Steve

    I just hope our country does the right thing and do what the other superpowers are doing mind their own business!

    February 12, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. scottyd

    It just makes me wonder, which country is next. The ability for millions of people to communicate instantly, is a power the greatest of armies rarely had. Great story hoping the best for all of them.

    February 12, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Tony 2


    February 12, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Forcetti

    And what do we think will happen now? Radical islam will most likely prevail and it will be the end of the peace treaty with Israel, ushering in even more instability in an already volatile region. I expect this to go the same way it went in Palestine with the U.S inspired democracy there. Which resulted in Hamas winning political control in Gaza. I think the U.S should have stayed out of this one. I dont think anyone is going to like the results of what has happened in Egypt.

    February 12, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Little flower you must keep your faith that the scorching sun will not prevail upon you, the dew of hope maybe closer than you think...

      February 12, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. onlyslightlyamused

    The Egyptian people are now "free" like Americans...whose government is ruled by Corporations. No one is free..unless you mean free to be exploited.

    February 12, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. jolie

    this story has been everywhere but this movie is pretty cool


    February 12, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Warface

    Words matter. Dear pres. Obama. What international obligations are u talking about? We can not walk the same path we followed for 30yrs. We know where we came from and we know where Egypt is heading. So what is the usa gona do differently time in contrast of what its been doing with mubarak? Egypt need a new friend. We're an old one the people hate! Try new moves please.

    February 12, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. OffTopicGuy

    Buzkashi or Kok-boru or Oglak Tartis (Persian, Urdu: بزکشی bozkæšī; Tajik: бузкашӣ buzkašī, "goat grabbing"; Uzbek, Tatar: kökbörü, kök "blue" + börü "wolf"; Kazakh: көкпар; Kyrgyz: улак-тартыш or көкбөрү; Pashto: وزلوبه wuzloba, "goat game"; Turkmen: owlakgapdy; Chinese: 叼羊) is a traditional Central Asian team sport played on horseback in Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, northern Pakistan, India and Kazakhstan.[1] The steppes' people were skilled riders who could grab a goat or calf from the ground while riding a horse at full gallop. The goal of a player is to grab the carcass of a headless goat or calf and then get it clear of the other players and pitch it across a goal line or into a target circle or vat.

    February 12, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. brian

    Where is my post? CNN, just like Mubarek?? Feeling censored!

    February 12, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. brian

    I say it again, the white house hypocrisis continues whether bush or obama. Calls for change in Iran, no calls for change in Saudi. Guess oil talks and BS walks with the administration. Egypt is now doomed and so is the mid-east

    February 12, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. martha astua

    Prefiero Que sea en espanol,pot favor embi

    ame la option

    February 12, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
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