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09-11-2012, 05:02 PM #1
Breaking News Radical Islamists storm U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt tear up US flag
Islamist protesters have stormed the U.S. Embassy in Egypt and brought down the Stars and Stripes today.
The mob climbed the walls of the compound in Cairo, made their way into the courtyard and replaced the flag with a black flag with an Islamic inscription.
Ultra-conservatives claimed the action was to protest against a film attacking Islam's prophet, Muhammad.
Hundreds of protesters marched to the embassy in downtown Cairo, gathering outside its walls and chanting against the movie, which was reportedly produced in the U.S..
The crowd chanted: 'Say it, don't fear: Their ambassador must leave.'
Dozens of protesters then scaled the embassy walls, took down the flag from a pole in the courtyard and brought it back to the crowd outside.
The crowd tried to burn it, but failing that, tore it apart.
The protesters on the wall then raised on the flagpole a black flag with the Muslim declaration of faith on it, 'There is no god but God and Muhammad is his prophet.'
The flag, similar to the banner used by al-Qaida, is commonly used by ultraconservatives around the region.
09-11-2012, 09:08 PM #2
Libya reports American killed during consulate protests, U.S. official says
The Libyan government has notified the United States that an American consular official was killed at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a U.S. State Department official told CNN Tuesday.
The State Department does not have independent confirmation of the death of an American, the official said.
Earlier Tuesday, a group of militants attacked the consulate, State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
"We are working with the Libyans now to secure the compound," Nuland said. "We condemn in strongest terms this attack on our diplomatic mission."
09-11-2012, 09:39 PM #3
So two separate incidents.
09-11-2012, 10:04 PM #4