September 11th, 2012
08:00 PM ET

Middle East Turmoil: Official killed in Libyan protests; Protesters storm U.S. Embassy in Cairo

An American killed in Libya Tuesday, according to a Libyan interior ministry official, a result of a day of violence against america in the middle east. Armed men stormed a U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya setting it on fire after a protest against an american-produced movie they say insults the prophet Mohammed.

This was just hours after Egyptian protestors scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo and tore down the American flag. The protesters tried to raise a black flag with the words "There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger."

The incidents in Cairo and Benghazi are just the latest examples of anti-American sentiment in the Middle East.  But what do they mean for America going forward.

OutFront tonight: Ed Husain, senior fellow of Middle Eastern studies at the Council on Foreign Relations and Phil Mudd, former deputy director of the CIA Counterterrorist center. 

Protesters attack U.S. diplomatic compounds in Egypt, Libya

The United States said it was taking measures to protect its citizens worldwide after protesters angry about an online film considered offensive to Islam attacked U.S. diplomatic compounds in Libya and Egypt Tuesday.

In Libya, witnesses say members of a radical Islamist group called Ansar al-Sharia protested near the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, where NATO jets established no-fly zones last year to halt ground attacks from then-Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi.

The group then clashed with security forces in the city, blocking roads leading to the consulate, witnesses said.

The U.S. ambassador to Libya, J. Christopher Stevens, was killed in the attack, the State Department said. Sean Smith, a Foreign Service information management officer, and two other U.S. personnel also died in the violence in Benghazi, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in a statement Wednesday.


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