One U.S. State Department officer was killed in an attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, apparently sparked by YouTube clips of a film that depicts the Prophet Mohammed as a womanizer, pedophile, and killer. The film also prompted several Egyptians to scale the wall of the U.S. embassy in Cairo and replace the U.S. flag with a black flag bearing the words "There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger." In Benghazi, armed members of a radical Islamist group called Ansar al-Sharia stormed the consulate, setting one building on fire. The mysterious film, promoted by Koran-burning Florida pastor Terry Jones and some anti-Islam blogs, was directed and produced by Israeli-American real-estate developer Sam Bacile. It's unclear if the Egyptian and Libyan incidents were coordinated, but the U.S. stepped up protection for its diplomatic missions worldwide.
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