US braces for more violence from anti-Islam film
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration braced for another potential eruption of violent demonstrations in parts of the Muslim world after Friday's weekly prayers - traditionally a time of protest in the Middle East and North Africa - following the Sept 11 attack against the United States (US) Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the ambassador and three other Americans.
Angry demonstrations over an anti-Islam video already have occurred in Egypt and Yemen, and officials theorise that well-armed Libyan extremists hijacked a similar protest in Benghazi, where several Libyan security guards also were killed. The US put all of its diplomatic missions overseas on high alert, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered an explicit denunciation of the video as the administration sought to pre-empt further turmoil at its embassies and consulates.
"The United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video," she said before a meeting with the foreign minister of Morocco at the State Department. "We absolutely reject its content and message."
"To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible," Mrs Clinton said. "It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage."