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September 13th, 2012
07:52 AM ET

Warships headed to Libya give President Obama additional military option – Barbara Starr reports

In Egypt, Riot police continued firing warning shots and tear gas early Thursday outside their U.S. Embassy in Cairo to prevent protestors from climbing embassy walls. Demonstrators were said to be protesting a film produced in the United States that shows Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer, child molester and ruthless killer.

CNN’s Barbara Starr says, “People have been waiting for the last couple of days for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy to actually come out in public” and talk about the protests in his country. In his statement, Morsy says the Egyptian security forces will control the situation and will not allow this to happen again.

The U.S. has also began taking precautions. 50 Marines were sent to the U.S. embassy in Tripoli where protests also took place. “They are there to provide internal security only. Nothing else,” says Starr. Two U.S. Navy warships equipped with tomahawk missiles were also sent toward the Libyan coast, which Starr says “will give President Obama… a military option should he choose it- to strike targets in Libya.”

Filed under: Libya • Military • Protests
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