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Protesters attack U.S. diplomatic compounds in Egypt, Libya over online film offensive to Islam

* In Cairo, several men scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy and tore down its American flag, according to CNN producer who was on the scene. A U.S. State Department officer was killed in the violence in Benghazi, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement late Tuesday.

* Egyptian groups point to U.S. websites, including YouTube, that have scenes from the film. Some anti-Muslim blogs also have flagged the movie. In a series of disjointed scenes, filmmakers depict Prophet Mohammed as a child molester, womanizer and ruthless killer.

* Most of the Muslim world considers depictions of Mohammed to be blasphemous and deeply offensive.

* It was not clear late Tuesday who produced the film and under what auspices, but according to other sources the filmmaker, who identifies himself as an Israeli Jew, has gone into hiding.




Cairo (CNN) -- The United States said it was taking measures to protect its citizens worldwide after protesters angry about an online film considered offensive to Islam attacked U.S. diplomatic compounds in Libya and Egypt on Tuesday.




In Cairo, several men scaled the walls of the U.S. Embassy and tore down its American flag, according to CNN producer Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, who was on the scene.




In Libya, witnesses say member of a radical Islamist group called Ansar al-Sharia protested near the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, where NATO jets established no-fly zones last year to blunt ground attacks from then Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi.




The group then clashed with security forces in the city, blocking roads leading to the consulate, witnesses said.
A U.S. State Department officer was killed in the violence in Benghazi, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement late Tuesday.
"We are heartbroken by this terrible loss," Clinton said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and those who have suffered in this attack."




Clinton said that she condemned the attack on the U.S. facilities "in the strongest terms" and that following Tuesday's events, the U.S. government was "working with partner countries around
the world to protect our personnel, our missions and American citizens worldwide."




Libya's General National Congress also condemned the attack, saying it "led to the regrettable injury and death of a number of individuals." Lawmakers said in a statement Tuesday night that they
were investigating.



It was unclear whether the two attacks were coordinated, CNN national security contributor Fran Townsend said Tuesday night."One such breach of an embassy or consulate's walls or security on any given day would be tremendous news. ...
The fact that two of them happened on the same day that is the 9/11 anniversary where Americans are remembering those that we lost, you have to ask yourself, what are American officials trying to understand about this and whether or not these two are related?" she asked.




In Egypt, police and army personnel formed defensive lines around the U.S. Embassy in an effort to prevent demonstrators from advancing, but not before the protesters affixed a black flag atop a ladder in the American compound.
The black flag, which hangs in full view from inside the complex, is adorned with white characters that read,
"There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger," an emblem often used by Islamic radicals.




A volley of warning shots were fired as a large crowd gathered around the compound, although it is not clear who fired the shots.



Egyptian groups point to U.S. websites, including YouTube, that have scenes from the film. Some anti-Muslim blogs also have flagged the movie.



In a series of disjointed scenes, filmmakers depict Prophet Mohammed as a child molester, womanizer and ruthless killer.
Most of the Muslim world considers depictions of Mohammed to be blasphemous and deeply offensive.




It was not clear late Tuesday who produced the film and under what auspices.



http://edition.cnn.com/2012/09/12/world/meast/egpyt-us-embassy-protests/index.html?hpt=hp_t1


Added: Sep-12-2012 Occurred On: Sep-12-2012
By: aydeo
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