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September 13th, 2012
07:50 AM ET

U.S. compound violence a blow to new Libya – Jomana Karadsheh reports

Protests have been spreading across the Middle East in areas like Yemen where demonstrators breached a security wall on Thursday at the American Embassy in Sana'a. The protests come after an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Tuesday that resulted in the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other consular officials.

Following that attack, “Libyan authorities have beefed up security around the different foreign missions here in Tripoli and in Benghazi,” says Karadsheh. “Two Navy destroyers equipped with Tomahawk missiles have been moved off the coast of Libya and of course drones that will be operating in Libya to try to track down militant cells that were responsible for this attack.”

Karadsheh says originally officials thought the protesting in Libya was taking place over the online release of a film produced in the United States that denigrates Prophet Mohammed but now “that doesn’t seem to be the case.” “More and more indications are surfacing that this was actually a pre-planned attack carried out by extremist groups that are operating in the Eastern part of the country.”

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