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Protesters Storm US Embassy Compound In Yemen

Thursday, September 13, 2012

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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Comments [5]

FATIMAH MX from NEW YORK CITY

Also, for those who say Islam is a "backwards" religion, how can that be so when Our Lord gave us the Final revelation confirming the TRUTH of the Original Bible and Torah (before changed at the Council of Nicea-look it up).

If you actually was to analyze the violence in the Bible, you would see it is just part of human nature (not to justify being uncivil in any way) but that is how people act.

This is what the Noble Qur'an says:

After this, it is you who kill one another and drive out a party of you from their homes, assist (their enemies) against them, in sin and transgression. And if they come to you as captives, you ransom them, although their expulsion was forbidden to you. Then do you believe in a part of the Scripture and reject the rest? Then what is the recompense of those who do so among you, except disgrace in the life of this world, and on the Day of Resurrection they shall be consigned to the most grievous torment. And Allah is not unaware of what you do.
( سورة البقرة , Al-Baqara, Chapter #2, Verse #85)

And when it is said to them (the Jews), "Believe in what Allah has sent down," they say, "We believe in what was sent down to us." And they disbelieve in that which came after it, while it is the truth confirming what is with them. Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم to them): "Why then have you killed the Prophets of Allah aforetime, if you indeed have been believers?"
( سورة البقرة , Al-Baqara, Chapter #2, Verse #91)

Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم): "We believe in Allah and in what has been sent down to us, and what was sent down to Ibrahim (Abraham), Isma'il (Ishmael), Ishaq (Isaac), Ya'qub (Jacob) and Al-Asbat [the offspring of the twelve sons of Ya'qub (Jacob)] and what was given to Musa (Moses), 'Îsa (Jesus) and the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between one another among them and to Him (Allah) we have submitted (in Islam)."

Sep. 13 2012 09:44 AM
FATIMAH MX from NEW YORK CITY

Okay, I am a muslim and these are the things I always wanted to tell people who are not muslims.:

Yes, it is wrong for the producer of the documentary to be so insensitive to Muslims and create a documentary mocking the prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) without researching anything of this man, knowing his morals or his principles. It was like seeing everything opposite of what the prophet stood for. If someone was also to mock prophet Jesus, we would also be outraged as well!

However, killing innocent people is a transgression punished by the Almighty God as listed in the Noble Qur'an, as we follow the Qur'an and the two previous scriptures , the Torah and the Bible. Those Libyans had NO RIGHT to murder people who had NOTHING to do with the production of the video. That was an unjust kill and I am so angry about that too.

So do not blame "Islam" and the laws of the Lord, because His perfect words are not flawed, MEN are flawed and those libyans definetly were. I speak for every muslim in responce to the man who believes that all muslims are violent. We live to obey and serve our Lord and follow His commandments. Whoever disobeys has transgressed their Lord's commandments and should NOT represent Islam in the media in ANY way.

Sep. 13 2012 09:38 AM
mmastro from Brooklyn NY

Bernie, You hit the nail on the head.
Backwards religious ideology.
Time to pull out.
NOW...

Sep. 13 2012 08:57 AM
bernie from bklyn

if you are willing to commit murder over a cartoon or video then you are an un-evolved, caveman who has no place in this world in the 21st century. it's time for aggressive isolationism.
aid and support for egypt, libya,yemen,iraq,afghanistan,israel,etc? no, let them go kill eachother while stirring up their retarded, backwards, religious ideology. this is all such a collective waste of time on humanities' level... oh, and your welcome.

Sep. 13 2012 08:40 AM
john from office

Wow, I hope the makers of that "film" are happy. While I dont agree with any of this violence, you have to wonder about the aims of the makers of this film, what is the purpose??

Like the Florida minister, is your goal to get Americans killed??

The reaction is ridiculous and political, but why poke the bee hive??

Sep. 13 2012 08:24 AM

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