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Anger over an anti-Islam film shows no signs of quieting down after an attack that killed four Americans as the US says it has nothing to do with the movie

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Like in Libya and Egypt, Yemenis protest a film ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad at the gate of the US Embassy during a demonstration in the capital, Sanaa. AP photo

Like in Libya and Egypt, Yemenis protest a film ridiculing Islam’s Prophet Muhammad at the gate of the US Embassy during a demonstration in the capital, Sanaa. AP photo

Washington has sent its naval and aerial forces to Libya as protests against U.S. embassies triggered by anger over an anti-Islam movie spread to other countries in the region yesterday, alarming all its diplomatic missions.

The Libyan mob attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on Sept. 11 that resulted in the killings of four Americans has spread to several countries, as one was killed in Yemen during demonstrations. Yemeni police yesterday shot dead a protester and five other protesters were injured outside the U.S. Embassy in Sanaa, shortly after ejecting crowds that stormed the mission’s compound, a security official said.

Riot police fired warning shots and tear gas early yesterday outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo to subdue hundreds of protestors. Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansur Hadi apologized to U.S. President Barack Obama and the American people for the acts of the “mob” and ordered a probe into the attack, Saba state news agency said.

More than 200 Palestinians angered by the film held a demonstration in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, CNN reported. Iranian protesters yesterday gathered in front of the Swiss Embassy in Tehran, which represents U.S. interests in the country, semi-official Fars news agency reported.

US distances itself from film

Meanwhile, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton distanced yesterday the U.S. from the film which triggered the protests. “We absolutely reject its content and message,” she said. “To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible. It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.”

In response to the attack Sept. 11, the United States is deploying warships and surveillance drones in its hunt for those who killed the four Americans in Libya. The United States dispatched two naval destroyers to waters off Libya and deployed a 50-strong counterterrorism team of U.S. Marines to bolster security at its Tripoli embassy.

The United States also has unmanned drone aircraft at its disposal to help Tripoli track militants who may have carried out the attack, officials said. Libya has launched an inquiry into the Benghazi attack, amid growing speculation that al-Qaeda militants among the frenzied mob carried out the assault rather than simple demonstrators.

In Cairo, crowds protesting at the U.S. Embassy the same day as the Benghazi attack climbed its walls and tore down an American flag, which they replaced briefly with a black Islamist flag. The protests continued yesterday, with protesters clashing with police near the U.S. mission. Speaking during a visit to Brussels, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi said he had spoken to Obama and condemned “in the clearest terms” the attacks on the U.S. Embassy.

He also harshly criticized the movie, which came to attention in Egypt after its trailer was dubbed into Arabic and posted on YouTube. YouTube blocked access to the film in Egypt and Libya on Sept. 12, while Afghanistan blocked access to the video-sharing website.

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai postponed his visit to Norway for fear of violence at home over the anti-Islam film, officials said yesterday. India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Bangladesh and the Philippines issued an alert to the security forces deployed outside U.S. diplomatic missions. In Iraq hundreds of Shiites demanded the closure of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and burned American flags. The U.S. consulate in Berlin was evacuated as a precaution yesterday after an employee reported a strange smell from an envelope, but police said no dangerous materials were found.

September/14/2012

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ilker avni

9/15/2012 12:20:02 AM

The film released on the anerversary of 9/11 by the jewish Americans was meant to cause uproar in the islamic world.The innocent deaths of American citizens,the blame lies at the foot of the film makers.The film makers who are all jewish Americans made the film only harms America,which again proves that the Jews are the reason why America is loseing supoport in the Muslim World.The Zionists have taken over American, and would love a holy war with Islam.

Thessalonian

9/14/2012 9:39:31 PM

@Jobs jon. What she did say is more than enough. Let Allah do the punishing Mr. punish-happy... Regards

mara mcglothin

9/14/2012 3:52:50 PM

This was simply a great ecuse to spill some American blood. It isn't the first opportunity, and it won't be the last. My suggestion would be to cut off all aid to these barbaric idiots and find some place to better spend those funds. Simple. Let the Arab Spring dry up on its own. It won't take long without all the foreign aid to these folks.

US Observer

9/14/2012 3:51:05 PM

I'm starting to see the neocons perspective over the last couple years. The U.S. will never be liked, as much as we want to be. It's time to stop trying to be liked and do what's in our best interest. I completely see why we have done what we have over the past 30 years in the ME. Stop giving these countries (like Egypt 1.5 Billion a year) money and instead use that money to sustain military operations there.

Adam Polk

9/14/2012 2:54:34 PM

addition, the ME is not Democratic nor moving that way, these radicals doing such awful things in the name of Islam but they are the worst enemies of Islam.

Adam Polk

9/14/2012 2:47:27 PM

its strange insulting a prophet is freedom of expression for Jewish friends here but when we question if israil could be all behind this scenario because of political reasons we are anti-semitist propagandists. what kind of logic is this?

Rimon Tree

9/14/2012 2:25:09 PM

@ Jobs To set things right: In a democrac y like US you don't chase filmmakers, if somebody feels insulted, he may take to the courts! In a democracy we chase murderers instead, like the ones in Liby, no matte what was the allegedf motif of the murder! If you don't understand that, shows me that you are not ripe for democracy! And stop making antisemite remarks, someone might feel insulted!

US Observer

9/14/2012 2:13:29 PM

The United States government cannot do one thing in this matter against the film maker. You guys need to understand that. You have no idea what Christians in the U.S are subjected to on a daily basis and in the media. You don't see Christians killing people over it. FREEDOM OF SPEECH! You don't have to like the message, but you do have to respect someones right to say it. This is what civilized people do.

Recep Ozel

9/14/2012 2:09:42 PM

It is a film which got shown in 1 cinema in the US and was a total flop. Who cares? Why such outrage? Why do prime ministers and presidents have to speak about it? There are more important things in life, and life is too short to become crazy and burn flags!

Ali Benjamin

9/14/2012 1:34:49 PM

In case some people don't know this -- There is TRUE Freedom of Speech, Expression, Media, & Religion in the U.S. These rights are guanteed by the U.S. Constitution. Some savages are enacting violence and death on innocent American people outside the U.S. -- BUT the U.S. Gov. and 99.999999999999999% of the American people had NOTHING to do with the production of this film. As a matter of fact, Mr. or Mrs. Muslim also has the right to make an anti-Christian film -- IN the U.S. if they so choose.
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