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Protesters storm US Embassy in Yemen

By Ahmed Al-Haj

SANAA, Yemen (AP) - Chanting "death to America," hundreds of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U.S. Embassy compound in Yemen's capital and burned the American flag on Thursday, the latest in a series of attacks on American diplomatic missions in the Middle East.

American missions have been attacked in three Arab nations — Yemen, Egypt and Libya — that have faced persistent unrest and are struggling to restore law and order after last year's revolts deposed their authoritarian regimes.

Protesters smashed windows as they breached the embassy perimeter and reached the compound grounds, although they did not enter the main building housing the offices. Angry young men brought down the U.S. flag in the courtyard, burned it and replaced it with a black banner bearing Islam's declaration of faith — "There is no God but Allah."

Yemeni security forces who rushed to the scene fired in the air and used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators, driving them out of the compound after about 45 minutes and sealing off the surrounding streets. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was inside the embassy at the time of the attack.

Demonstrators removed the embassy's sign on the outer wall, set tires ablaze and pelted the compound with rocks.

The Yemeni Embassy in Washington condemned the attack and vowed to ensure the safety of foreign diplomats and to step up security measures around their missions in the country.

It was similar to an attack on the U.S. Embassy in the Egyptian capital on Tuesday night. A mob of Libyans also attacked the U.S. consulate in the eastern city of Benghazi on Tuesday, killing American Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans.

Yemen is home to al-Qaida's most active branch and the United States is the main foreign supporter of the Yemeni government's counterterrorism campaign. The government on Tuesday announced that al-Qaida's No. 2 leader in Yemen was killed in an apparent U.S. airstrike, a major blow to the terror network.

The spreading violence comes as outrage grows over a movie called "Innocence of Muslims" that mocked Islam's Prophet Muhammad. The amateurish video was produced in the U.S. and excerpted on YouTube.

U.S. officials also were investigating whether the rampage in Libya was actually planned to coincide with the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.

Egyptian protesters clashed Thursday with police near the U.S. Embassy in Cairo for the third day in a row. Police used tear gas to disperse the protesters and the two sides pelted each other with rocks. But unlike Tuesday, the police kept the protesters away from the embassy's compound.

The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of police, said 16 protesters and 13 policemen were wounded in the clashes, which broke out overnight and were ongoing. Twelve protesters have been arrested, it said.

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, speaking while on a visit to Brussels, vowed on Thursday not to allow attacks on foreign embassies in Cairo, saying the Egyptian people reject such "unlawful acts."

In Iraq on Thursday, hundreds of Shiite followers of the anti-American cleric Muqtada al-Sadr demanded the closure of the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad because of the film. Protesters burned American flags and carried banners reading, "We reject the attack on the Prophet Muhammad.

"No, no, to Israel! No, no to America!" thousands shouted in the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City in northeast Baghdad. "'Yes, yes for Messenger of God."

Afghanistan's government, meanwhile, sought to avert any protests as past anger over perceived insults to Islam has triggered violence in the country.

President Hamid Karzai canceled an official visit to Norway and spoke by phone with U.S. President Barack Obama to convey his condolences for the deaths of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other diplomats, a statement said. He also discussed the "film and the insulting of holy Islamic values," but the statement provided no other details.

Stevens was the first U.S. ambassador killed in the line of duty in 30 years.

The movie, "Innocence of Muslims," came to attention in Egypt after its trailer was dubbed into Arabic and posted on YouTube. The video-sharing website blocked access to it Wednesday. The trailer depicts Muhammad as a fraud, a womanizer and a madman in an overtly ridiculing way, showing him having sex and calling for massacres.

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Associated Press writers Slobodan Lekic in Brussels and Lara Jakes in Baghdad contributed to this report.

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  1. downdraftComment by downdraft
    September 13, 2012 @ 8:43 am

    1. Muslims attack Consulate in Egypt

    2. Muslims attack consulate in Libya

    3. Muslims attack consulate in Yemen

    4. Obama defends Muslims

    5 Obama is a Muslim, so he won’t declare war with other Muslims

    6. Americans start a revolt against the WHite House and its Muslim leadership

    7. Obama declares Martial Law

    8. Obama, his job done destroying America from within, quietly leaves the country for his villas (Brazil and Argentina)

    9.A foreign leader assumes control of America…

    …possibly NATO or THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD…

    That’s how it works folks…and it will, if we don’t take control of our country from these misfits….

    Far fetched? Were the Twin Towers far fetched? Were the attacks in Libya, Egypt, Kenya far fetched?

    Go ahead…its safer to keep your head in the sand…

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    • Tonto (USA)Comment by Tonto (USA)
      September 13, 2012 @ 10:59 am

      Obama might be a muz….but I don’t think a dang thing in the world matters to that guy except his personal aggrandizement…..nothing else. Obama just USES every anti-American resource he can get a handle on. I think he really believes that he can influence world events and attitudes by the force of his wonderful presence and personality. Obama is nuts. Right now, he’s either campaigning, playing golf or helping Muchelle plan her next expensive globe-trotting vacation to some super swanky place…..which, of course, she thinks she totally deserves. I think all these events caught him totally off guard. I also agree with Dick Morris and Obama will lose by a record landslide….unless the dems figure out a way to cheat.

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      September 13, 2012 @ 12:33 pm

      If odumbo declared Marshall Law. I believe the military would take over the country and odumbo would be tossed out in a coup. The military hates odumbo! The people that protect this country would not let it fall apart. It would be as bad as a civil war but I think we would make it through and come out stronger in the end.

      All the commies in Congress should be put on trial for treason along with odumbo and shake things up to the core. Restore the constitution as it was meant to be!

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  2. agent007Comment by agent007
    September 13, 2012 @ 9:35 am

    There is a fundamental difference between Islam and other religions.
    Tolerance vs. “There is no God but Allah.”

    Ever noticed how disagreement between 2 kids works out?
    One kid: I want to have that!
    Second kid: I will share that.
    Do you think kid two will ever get his fair share?

    Seeing Obama and Hilary bend over backwards yet again to not offend the Islam religion will put us in same position as that second kid! Pacifists always end up getting a fist in the face! Especially with those that have a history rooted in violent behavior against weaker neighbors. That is what America is feeling yet again thanks to this President.

    The real options are:
    1. get the hell out of all those hostile Middle East countries.
    2. take a strong stance against those hostile Middle East countries.

    Given our dependence on foreign oil, and given the precarious position of our ally Israel, in my mind only option 2 is a the right one.

    Option 3: pandering to these so-called ‘new vulnerable democracies’ is only going to lead to a huge disappointment. These Islamic nations have a 2000 year history of non-tolerant and violent behavior. That will not change because Hilary and Obama are being nice to them! It’s the most naieve and wrong policy for this region, due to the real culture of Islam, as demonstrated for millennia. Only strength is being respected there, and weakness is fully exploited! Nation building in the Middle East is a recipe for disaster. Even Bush has made that mistake, with the best of intentions though, hoping that we could introduce true Democracy into that region. His intentions were good, and I’m glad that Sadam was ousted, but I do not believe we have achieved the goal of a long lasting Democracy there. Hopefully I’m going to be proven wrong, but I am not very optimistic.

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    • BobinmsComment by Bobinms
      September 13, 2012 @ 11:35 am

      Christianity is the religion of forgiveness.

      Islam if the religion of submission.

      What does that tell you?

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      September 13, 2012 @ 1:15 pm

      The religion of Islam began approximately around the year 620 a.d. It took Christianity 2000 years to become a civilized religion. Millions of people were murdered and torchered, burned at the stake and impaled in the name of Jesus Christ over the last 2000 years. Does anyone remember the Era of the Inquisitions? We have finally come to realize our mistakes in the last 200 years or so.

      Islam has hundreds of years to go before they become civilized but will they? Can we wait? The way their religion is structured they will never become civilized. I believe it is the religion of Satan himself. Its just my opinion.

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  3. cxComment by genesal
    September 13, 2012 @ 9:49 am

    Secretary of State Clinton says U.S. rejects anti-Islam video stirring outrage in Muslim world, calls it “reprehensible.”

    How’s that for support??????

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    • agent007Comment by agent007
      September 13, 2012 @ 9:52 am

      It demonstrates they are freaking out in the White House!

      They are very much afraid that the Muslims will turn violent in our own country and that much more unrest is on the way!

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    • cxComment by genesal
      September 13, 2012 @ 10:48 am

      L&L

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  4. agent007Comment by agent007
    September 13, 2012 @ 9:58 am

    This government is now struggling with the reality that their ultimate goal, a unified world, controlled by the UN, is falling apart under their hands.
    The UN has been impotent in its attempts to stop Syrian violence, as it has been impotent with Iran, impotent with North Korea, and the list goes on.
    Now another example can be added to the list as we will be completely impotent in attempts to control the Arab world and steer it towards democracy and tolerance!
    It’s just an illusion people! Let’s accept reality and move on. Let’s treat these barbarians with the respect they deserve. Leave them alone to kill each other in peace!

    We do need to get the hell out of that hornets nest. The sooner we can stop depending on their oil, the sooner we can leave them to ‘kill each other in peace’, without us trying to tell them to stop acting according to their natural instincts.

    But we do have to protect Israel somehow, which has more and more become an island amidst a sea of agression against it.

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    • CharlieComment by vietnamvet
      September 13, 2012 @ 10:54 am

      If we do as you say, and pull out to let them kill each other in peace, there will come a time when they have ‘cleaned out’ their countries. With a ‘pure’ Muslim population, they will coalesce the Middle East with all of northern Africa and southern Russia to form the United States of Islam.

      When that has been accomplished, they WILL come after us.
      And, they will be stronger then.

      Think about it …

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    • agent007Comment by agent007
      September 13, 2012 @ 11:04 am

      vietnamvet

      I agree that it is an option that is far from perfect, but this USA no longer has a military that is large and strong enough to provide a strong presence in all the trouble spots. Previous and current governments have managed to reduce the power of the USA and are quite busy reducing it even further.

      I agree that they are a real threat! My only hope is that they themselves are still so fragmented, that they will never reach enough agreement to create a US of Islam. Unless Romney can achieve his goal of growing our military power back to where it should be!

      As even Senator Lieberman just stated: The Middle East desperately needs the US to counter balance against the Iranian threat!

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    • agent007Comment by agent007
      September 13, 2012 @ 11:05 am

      Also, one more point:

      When I said ‘let them kill each other in peace’ I referred to what they have been trying for about 2000 years, so if that trend continues, it will take them quite a while to achieve that accomplishment

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    • agent007Comment by agent007
      September 13, 2012 @ 11:10 am

      By the way, yet another addition.

      You said, they will come after us. Very true, and in fact, they will not wait ‘until they have killed each other in peace’.

      The terrorists are daily planning new attacks. My biggest fear is them getting their hands on WMD:
      - nuclear bomb in a suitcase (for lack of missiles to reach us)
      - chemical or biological weapons, imagine what that could do if they can get this junk in our drinking water in a big city? Or just spread it with some more anthraw laced envelopes?

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  5. joelinpdxComment by joelinpdx
    September 13, 2012 @ 10:38 am

    These countries can’t exist without Americans to buy their oil. Yet America could turn it’s collective back on the Arab world and its oil if we would just develop the oil supply that is available in America.

    Is that so hard to understand?

    Likewise, is it hard to understand that Obozo, who was raised a Muslim, does all he can to thwart American oil development in favor of continuing to get our energy supplies from the Muslim world?

    Is it hard to understand that we must rid ourselves of Obozo before it’s too late?

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    • mach37Comment by mach37
      September 13, 2012 @ 2:08 pm

      Wrong, there are plenty of other countries that buy Middle Eastern oil. We are just the country that has allowed the price to rise. Obama appears to be a disgruntled dreamer who thinks he can correct all the wrongs in the world by spreading the wealth.

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  6. bigjohn555Comment by bigjohn555
    September 13, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    Don’t they understand? Obama apologized to the world for America’s abuses. They all love us now. These people must not have communications with the outside world, otherwise, they would know how wonderful we are now that we are no longer a Christian nation.

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  7. Richard FirthComment by Richard Firth
    September 13, 2012 @ 11:17 am

    Interesting test for obama, let’s the world (and the voters in America who aren’t too busy playing fantasy football) see what a woose he is. The Rambo of the UBL take down will morph into Dumbo (or maybe he doesn’t want to be an elephant, perhaps a donkey, Eyore then.)

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  8. Lily RobertsComment by Lily Roberts
    September 13, 2012 @ 11:18 am

    I keep hearing that some movie precipitated Muslim violence, the problem with that is that Bikinis do not precipitate rape, except under Obama law. American liberty is under assault. Obama demands that liberty be abandoned to quell the Muslim anger against US liberty. The fundamental liberty embodied in The First Amendment is foreign to Arabs and has been condemned in the strongest possible terms by President Obama on national tv (the book burning preacher event) The First Amendment is primary to liberty and must be defended.

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  9. thomasjeffersonComment by thomasjefferson
    September 13, 2012 @ 11:33 am

    Where were the Marines guarding these embassies? Open fire and clear the area.

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    • middlegroundComment by middleground
      September 14, 2012 @ 10:54 am

      Without bullets in their guns? Wouldn’t want to create a crisis by mowing down a few demonstrators trying to kill Americans.

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  10. superinfidelComment by superinfidel
    September 13, 2012 @ 11:59 am

    Doesn’t it seem strange that Barry skipped security briefings for at least a week while the plans to attack our embasssies on September 11th was broadcasted in advance? The liberals harp on Bush not “connecting the dots”. There was no need to connect any dots here, the picture was out there for all the world to see.

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  11. wolfComment by wolf
    September 13, 2012 @ 1:30 pm

    Joelinpdx…
    Obama WANTS us dependent on the Muslim countries for oil. It is the ONLY way those idiots can make any money. Without our dollars for their oil…they go bankrupt and couldn’t even afford to pay for underwear bombs. LOL

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  12. lowlifeComment by lowlife
    September 13, 2012 @ 1:41 pm

    Why is it that there is no effective security at US embassies and consulates (particularly in countries where there is little, or no possibility of the local army, or police controlling their mobs) ? Sure, there are a few State Dept. security guys, or Marines, but not enough to deal with more than a handful of intruders (and then only if they are allowed to). If we are going to have a diplomatic presence in these unstable, unfriendly countries, there should be adequate security.

    Embassies and consulates in these dangerous hellholes should all be surrounded by substantial, defensible walls (enclosing an area large enough to house a company of Marines, or Rangers in addition to diplomatic staff). Security troops should be always armed and ready (Marine guards at the Cairo embassy weren’t even allowed to have ammunition for their weapons), equipped and supplied for a prolonged defense (long enough to bring in air support, reinforcements, evacuate everyone, or whatever is required) and under standing orders to shoot unauthorized intruders.

    Had this kind of policy been in place in Benghazi (and made known to everyone around), there might not have been an attack and if there was, shooting several hundred of them dead might discourage future attacks. As long as we tolerate this sort of thing and fail to retaliate, there will be much more of it coming.

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  13. mach37Comment by mach37
    September 13, 2012 @ 1:51 pm

    How come the Muslims know about a film that nobody else does, and they riot and kill over it? As I understand it, the film has not yet been finished or shown, except as a preview.

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      September 13, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

      There were trailers of the film shown on the internet. You know the “world wide web” The world can see it!

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  14. nickster99Comment by nickster99
    September 13, 2012 @ 2:00 pm

    The only way Islam will be a threat to civilized countries is the way they are going about it right now. They can never create an army of any substance. Iraq tried it and they ran like sheep as soon as they saw our might in Desert Storm. The only thing they understand is might and power that is greater than their own. They cannot organize anything they are so fragmented. If it were not for the crazy power hungry leaders in control of those countries they would be nothing. If we really wanted to end the war in Afghanistan we could do it in a week! But we dont want too! We could overwhelm that country if we really wanted to and it would be over! MONEY is the name of the game and a lot of people are making it supplying the war effort making weapons! The Chinese, Russians, Americans, Europeans etc. etc. etc. That is the real reason the war goes on! I am an Engineer who works for a company that makes armaments and there is no end in sight!

    To get back to the subject. Islam will be a threat as long as we, “the civilized world” lets them be! Put that in your pipe and smoke it!

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    • nickster99Comment by nickster99
      September 13, 2012 @ 2:13 pm

      And also as long as we vote in losers like obummer it will just get worse and worse. He is a coward just like all marxists. And I hate to say it but if he gets re-elected and we dont get out and vote him out of here. We deserve all we get because that means we did not care enough to get rid of that pestilence!

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  15. moonshineComment by moonshine
    September 13, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    This is simply more US Media obfuscation. The US Media made up the scenario about the movie trailer being the cause, but these events were planned well in advance of its posting on the Internet. As such, it is yet another convenient lie.
    Obama did everything in his power to bring down Kadafi in Syria and Mubaric in Egypt, opening the door for the Muslim Brotherhood (who recently visited Obama in the White House) to take over control of those countries. Is this a coincidence? I don’t think so. Its more like a well orchestrated plan.
    The movie trailer is a ruse that was used as an excuse by the Muslim Brotherhood to instigate violence against Israel and the West, in particular the USA. These people are radical Muslims and religious fanatics who are easily incited to violence against their perceived enemies. Obama has only encouraged them, by doing nothing to stop them from pursuing this violent course as required by their Koran.
    Both Obama and Madam Clinton are at fault here, as they have done nothing to stop this take over, and to the contrary continued to provide large sums (billions of dollars) of taxpayer’s money to Syria, Egypt, and the Muslim Brotherhood against the wishes of Congress.
    This high treason against the USA must be halted, and both Obama and Madam Clinton must be held accountable for their actions. Call your Congressman, and demand that he or she take action immediately to impeach both Obama and Madam Clinton. God Bless America.

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