Thursday, September 13, 2012

2012 U.S. diplomatic missions attacks [updated]

On September 11, 2012, the U.S. embassy in CairoEgypt, and U.S. consulate in BenghaziLibya, were attacked during protests over media excerpts of trailers of a film[12][13] titled Innocence of Muslims, which was considered by the attackers to be blasphemous against the Islamic prophetMuhammad. In Egypt, a group scaled the embassy wall and tore down the American flag, replacing it with a black Islamist flag. In Libya, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms fired at the consulate by the militants set a fire that killed the visiting U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, two U.S. Marines,[14] Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith,[15] ten Libyan policemen;[16] and injured two others.

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