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Anti-U.S. protests spread beyond Middle East
Palestinians burn U.S. flags during a protest on Sept. 14 against a U.S.-made online film that insults Prophet Mohammad.
Palestinians burn U.S. flags during a protest on Sept. 14 against a U.S.-made online film that insults Prophet Mohammad.
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nti-American anger, initially sparked by an anti-Islam video that painted the Prophet Mohammed as an immoral sexual deviant, has spread to nearly 20 countries, many of them outside the Middle East. "The anger," says Rick Gladstone at The New York Times, "stretched from North Africa to South Asia and Indonesia and in some cases was surprisingly destructive. In Tunis, an American-run school that was untouched during the revolution nearly two years ago was completely ransacked. In eastern Afghanistan, protesters burned an effigy of President Obama, who had made an outreach to Muslims a thematic pillar of his first year in office." Two more U.S. Embassies were breached on Friday (in Sudan and Tunisia), and Germany and Britain also saw their diplomatic properties in Sudan targeted. The U.S. has sent Marines to protect embassies in Yemen and Sudan. "The broadening of the protests appeared to reflect a pent-up resentment of Western powers in general," not just outrage related to the film clip.

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