Middle East joins in hitting U.S.
The United States has tightened security of its embassies in Arab countries following an attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, where a team of the US Marine Corps has already been stationed.
Additionally, two US destroyers have been deployed off the coast of Libya. Meanwhile, experts warn of the deterioration of the situation in the Middle East.
The Arab world is starting to ‘boil’ as mass protest rallies are taking place near the US embassies in Egypt, Yemen, Tunisia and Libya. Protesters are angered about the Innocence of Muslims, an anti-Islam film made in the United Sates to commemorate the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.
Protests turned violent in the Libyan city of Benghazi, where the US Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens was killed on Tuesday night in an attack that was apparently orchestrated by al-Qaeda, according to some experts. Others say that the attack might be the work of one of the groups struggling for power in Libya. The finger of blame is specifically laid on Benghazi rebels who were irked with the results of the Libyan revolution.
Libya is seeing the ongoing process of redistribution of the flows of oil money. Rebels would like to capitalize on their own efforts because they are based on the territory of oil transit supplies, where plants and terminals are located.
As for Egypt, the situation there remains tense and street protests show no signs of abating, something that was, however, tackled by the Muslim Brotherhood.
Representatives of the Muslim Brotherhood decided to authorize protest rallies that were earlier staged near the US embassy in Egypt. They have repeatedly warned against violence during these rallies, something that they said could even prompt the enemies of Islam crack down on Egypt and Islam on the whole.
Experts fear that Americans may well respond in kind given the ongoing election campaign in the United States. President Barack Obama knows full well that his sitting on his hands may quickly add up to approval ratings of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, let alone Republicans’ criticism of Obama.
Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi apologized to U.S. President Barack Obama on Thursday for the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Yemen's capital Sanaa, as the death toll of the conflict rose to three.
The attack in Yemen came as part of the widespread anger across the Muslim world over an U.S. movie insulting Islam's Prophet Mohammed. Full story
At least 224 people were injured Thursday in clashes in front of the U.S. embassy in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, official news agency MENA reported, quoting the health ministry.
Clashes continue Thursday evening between protesters against a U.S. anti-Islam movie and the security forces in front of the embassy. Full story
The Supreme Leader of the Islamic republic Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has blamed the United States and Israel on the production of an anti-Islam movie that insults Muslim's Prophet Mohammed.
In a message issued on Thursday, Khamenei said that "behind this evil move lie the antagonistic policies of the Zionists and the U.S. and other heads of the global arrogance," Press TV reported. Full story
Arrests have been made in connection with Tuesday's attack that killed four Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, including US ambassador Christopher Stevens, Libyan Deputy Interior Minister Wanis Sharif said, according to Reuters.
"Some people have been arrested and are under investigation," Reuters quoted Sharif as saying.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday slammed the anti-Islam video which has triggered waves of anti-American protests in a number of Muslim countries, terming it as "disgusting and reprehensible."
In her televised speech, Clinton stressed that the U.S. government has nothing to do with the video. She also noted that there is "no justification" for responding to this video with violence. Full story