Angry? Frustrated? Let it all out in Cairo rage room

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A man smashes a television at a rage room in Cairo on March 19, 2017. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
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Mazen, the owner of the rage room, explains Doaa Khaled and her friend how to smash a clay urn at a rage room in Cairo. (Reuters)
Updated 22 March 2017
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Angry? Frustrated? Let it all out in Cairo rage room

CAIRO: Residents of the Egyptian capital have a new outlet to release frustrations built up living in a crowded megacity.
Armed with a baseball bat and offered an array of targets ranging from old televisions to clay urns and wooden chairs, angry Cairenes can vent their fury in a choice of six “rage rooms.”
“Whether it’s in a silly argument or something else, sometimes you want to let it all out, but many social factors stop you,” said Ahmed Nassrat who set up the venture, called Unleashed, with his brother Mazen last month.
“You can come to this place to release that negative energy,” he told Reuters.
For a fee, clients are outfitted in protective gear from head to toe and led into one of the six rooms where they can hack away at the objects of their anger.
The brothers wanted to create a space where people can go to get active and simultaneously let off steam, Mazen said, adding he first learned of the concept while studying in Canada.
“Many people consider the concept violent, but it isn’t violent at all. It’s the best feeling in the world,” said Doaa Khaled, on her third visit. She said the relief it provided kept her coming back.


Pentagon plans to send 5,000 more troops to Middle East amid Iran threat: US officials

Updated 23 May 2019
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Pentagon plans to send 5,000 more troops to Middle East amid Iran threat: US officials

  • Tehran and Washington have this month been escalating rhetoric against each other
  • The US military deployed a carrier strike group, bombers and Patriot missiles to the Middle East earlier this month

WASHINGTON: The US Department of Defense is considering a US military request to send about 5,000 additional troops to the Middle East amid increasing tensions with Iran, two US officials told Reuters on Wednesday.
Tehran and Washington have this month been escalating rhetoric against each other, following US President Donald Trump’s decision to try to cut Iran’s oil exports to zero and beef up the US military presence in the Gulf in response to what he said were Iranian threats.
The officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the request had been made by US Central Command, but added that it was not clear whether the Pentagon would approve the request.
The Pentagon regularly receives — and declines — requests for additional resources from US combatant commands throughout the world.
One of the officials said the requested troops would be defensive in nature.
This appeared to be the latest request for additional resources in the face of what US officials have said are credible threats from Iran against US forces and American interests in the Middle East.
The Pentagon declined to comment on future plans.
“As a matter of longstanding policy, we are not going to discuss or speculate on potential future plans and requests for forces,” Commander Rebecca Rebarich, a Pentagon spokeswoman, said on Wednesday.
Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday that while threats from Iran in the Middle East remained high, deterrence measures taken by the Pentagon had “put on hold” the potential for attacks on Americans.
The US military deployed a carrier strike group, bombers and Patriot missiles to the Middle East earlier this month in response to what Washington said were troubling indications of possible preparations for an attack by Iran.
Trump had warned on Monday that Iran would be met with “great force” if it attacked US interests in the Middle East.