Protesters storm US Embassy in Yemen

Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012 5:59 AM
Last updated 6:00 AM
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SANAA, Yemen  — 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.

The protesters breached the usually tight security around the embassy and reached the compound grounds but did not enter the main building housing the offices. Once inside the compound, they brought down the U.S. flag, burned it and replaced it with a black banner bearing Islam's declaration of faith — "There is no God but Allah."

Before storming the grounds, demonstrators removed the embassy's sign on the outer wall, set tires ablaze and pelted the compound with rocks.

It was similar to an attack on the U.S. Embassy in the Egyptian capital of Cairo 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.

In Egypt, protesters were clashing with police near the U.S. Embassy in the capital Cairo for the third day in a row.

The violence has raised worries that further protests could break out around the Muslim world as anger spreads over the movie.

Yemeni security forces who rushed to the scene fired in the air and used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators and were eventually able to drive them out of the compound. It was not immediately clear whether anyone was inside the embassy at the time of the attack.

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.

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 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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soapy_725 09/13/12 - 06:29 am
Didn't we just liberate them?

Where are the roses, the girls in the streets hugging and kissing GI's? Old men and ladies bring out bread, sausage and wine. Little children crying "take me to America GI".

Do they not want American Democracy? Do they not want infidels walking on holy ground? Are not Allah, Jehovah and Almighty God the same supreme being?

Someone is lying to the American public? I wonder who??

Looks like religious fervor is the reason we cannot have peace in the world.

bclicious 09/13/12 - 06:59 am

This must be some of that "CHANGE" I always hear politicians keep talking about.

stillamazed 09/13/12 - 01:52 pm

This film was the work of one or two men.....not the entire U.S. population or the US government. They are using the film as an excuse to kill Americans and as usual the media is running with the story. The attack on the Embassy on Tuesday was an organized attack that most likely took longer to organize than the film trailer has been on You tube.

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