Black Flag of Islam Flies over U.S. Embassy in Tunisia as America Is Targeted by Angry Mobs Across the Globe in Day of Chaos

Matt Blake, Daily Mail (London), September 14, 2012

A black Islamic flag is flying over the U.S. embassy in Tunisia after it was stormed by a mob of protesters today – as anger at an American-made anti-Islam film resulted in chaos across the world.

Symbols of America and U.S. embassies have been targeted around the globe in a fourth day of protest after Tuesday’s deadly raid on the American consulate in Libya.

In Tunisian capital Tunis, a mob overran the U.S. embassy compound, scaling the walls and setting fire to cars before tearing down the Stars and Stripes and replacing it with the symbol of Islam.

No U.S. staff were in the embassy in the city, where an American school has also been set on fire.

A large cloud of black smoke rose around the U.S. embassy as stone-throwing protesters and police waged a pitched battle.

Thousands of demonstrators massed outside the embassy and several were seen climbing the outer wall of the embassy grounds and raising a flag on which was written the Muslim profession of faith.

The protesters chanted ‘Obama, Obama, we are all Osamas’.

One protester was seen throwing a computer out of a window, while others walked away with telephones and computers.

Police responded by firing tear gas, live rounds killing two protesters and wounding 28.

A group of several dozen protesters briefly managed to enter the embassy compound and set fire to cars in an embassy parking lot. They were pushed back outside by police and special forces who continued to arrive on the scene.

It was the worst incident in clashes around the world – with angry protesters ransacking a KFC and Hardee’s restaurant in Lebanon, police firing on protesters in Yemen, and unrest in SyriaIraqPakistanTurkey and Jerusalem.

In London, an American flag was burned outside the U.S. embassy by protesters

One protester was killed  in Lebanon and twenty five wounded by police who opened fire as they cracked down on the mob who turned their anger on the American fast food chains.

A KFC in the northern city of Tripoli was set alight after the mob – many wearing face masks- ransacked the interior.

In Sudan, the American embassy was also attacked and smoke could be seen rising from the compound. Officials said a mob had been expelled from the compound with one protester killed.

A spokesman said protesters had been ejected from the embassay in Sudan, adding ‘they didn’t get far’.

Elsewhere, police have fired on protesters outside the US embassy in Yemen today as a group of 2,000 attempted to march on the compound.

It also emerged that Libya had closed its air space over Benghazi airport temporarily because of heavy anti-aircraft fire by Islamists aiming at U.S. reconnaissance drones flying over the city, after President Barack Obama vowed to bring the ambassador’s killers to justice.

It adds to unrest in Bangladesh where tens of thousands have taken to the streets, and India – where there are widespread protests in Muslim Kashmir.

In Egypt‘s contested Sinai region, a mob stormed an international peacekeeping base injuring two Colombian troops while troops fired on protesters in Nigeria.

Protesters clashed with police near the U.S. embassy in Cairo. Two Islamist preachers in Egypt told worshippers that those who made the movie deserved to die under Islamic law but they urged protesters not to take their anger out on diplomats.

Sudanese police were reportedly fighting back up to five thousand protesters who had gathered outside the building in the North African country’s capital Khartoum. It is unclear how many staff were inside the mission, or whether they are all accounted for.

The same group have already stormed inside and set fire to the German embassy next door, before tearing down its national flag and hoisting the Islamic banner.

A spokesperson for the British Foreign Office said: ‘We can confirm that there is a protest outside the British embassy and Sudanese police are on scene.’

Since a 14-minute trailer for the movie, called The Innocence of Muslims, was posted on YouTube by its American producers, turmoil has spread across the Muslim world.

Protests have erupted in a string of countries across the Middle East and Africa, including Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Bangladesh, Kashmir, Pakistan, Bahrain, Palestine – as well as the Sudan.

Across the border, thousands of Egyptian protesters advanced on the US embassy near Tahrir Square in Cairo – in scenes potently reminiscent of the violent clashes that ravaged the city’s streets during the Arab uprising last year.

Hurling stones and shouting slogans at the phalanx of heavily-armed riot police that stood in their way, returning fire with volleys of tear gas and rubber bullets in a bid to keep the oncoming crowds at bay.

As the violence continued throughout the day, Egypt’s president Hosni Mubarak appealed for calm on live television, a day after Barack Obama issued a veiled warning to the region’s leaders to quell the violence and protect America’s embassies.

The Egyptian authorities had erected large concrete blocks to block the route to the embassy and deployed hundreds of police.

‘Before the police, we were attacked by Obama,’ shouted one demonstrator, blaming U.S. President Barack Obama and the U.S. government for insulting the Prophet.

One banner held aloft by demonstrators read: ‘It is the duty of all Muslims and Christians to kill Morris Sadek and Sam Bacile and everyone who participated in the film.’

Several demonstrators – some bearded Islamists wearing traditional gallabiya robes and others youths and young men in T-shirts and jeans – waved green and black flags with Koranic verses on them.

The unrest has raised serious questions over whether the US should cut the billions of dollars in aid it sends to Egypt.

Barack Obama has already issued a veiled warning of possible repercussions if those governments do not quell the unrest and protect America’s embassies.

On the subject of Egypt, which the US currently supplies over $1.5billion in aid, he told Telemundo: ‘I don’t think that we would consider them an ally, but we don’t consider them an enemy.

‘They’re a new government that is trying to find its way. They were democratically elected. I think that we are going to have to see how they respond to this incident.’

And in an ominous sign this morning, the Libyan government closed the air space above Benghazi ‘for security measures’.

In the Lebanese city of Tripoli, hundreds of protesters set fire to a branch of Kentucky Fried Chicken, while chanting: ‘No More insults to Islam.’

There, one demonstrator was killed and two others were wounded as they tried to storm a government building.

In Bangladeshi capital Dhaka, around 10,000 Muslims from half a dozen Islamist groups staged a noisy protest, burning and trampling American flags while chanting anti-US slogans.

Yesterday, thousands of demonstrators engaged in running street battles with police in Egyptian capital Cairo, burning cars and hurling stones while an angry mob stormed the American consulate in Sanaa, in Yemen.

In Libyan capital Benghazi, a similar demonstration was reportedly hijacked by heavily-armed Muslim extremists resulting in the deaths of several Libyan security guards.

America is still reeling from an attack on Tuesday that saw a hoard of protesters storm the US Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, killing the ambassador and three American security guards.

Despite the belief that the militants who hit the consulate did so separately from the protests over the film, US officials are deeply concerned that extremists may again take advantage of non-violent demonstrations to copycat the Benghazi raid.

Meanwhile, a top Israeli Arab Knesset official Talab el-Sana warned of ‘Armageddon’ if the United Nations does not intervene, telling The Times of Israel: ‘If the UN does not mobilize to stop this erosion, it will be Armageddon.’

Egypt’s ruling Muslim Brotherhood have called for demonstrations after Friday prayers as did authorities in Iran and the Gaza strip.

Large protests were also expected in Baghdad and Iraq’s second-largest city, Basra, as well as Amman, Jordan. Israel was stepping up security in anticipation of demonstrations after Muslim prayers.

‘It is important to note that as these protests are taking place in different countries around the world, responding to the movie, that Friday, tomorrow, has historically been a day when there are protests in the Muslim world,’ White House press secretary Jay Carney told reporters in Colorado.

‘And we are watching very closely for developments that could lead to more protests. We anticipate that they may continue.’

The offending short video behind the unrest was made by an American company and spoofs the life and times of the Prophet Muhammad.

But the White house was quick yesterday to condemn its content and its anonymous makers.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered an explicit denunciation of the video as the administration sought to pre-empt further turmoil at its embassies and consulates.

‘The United States government had absolutely nothing to do with this video,’ she said before a meeting with the foreign minister of Morocco at the State Department. ‘We absolutely reject its content and message.’

‘To us, to me personally, this video is disgusting and reprehensible,’ Clinton said. ‘It appears to have a deeply cynical purpose: to denigrate a great religion and to provoke rage.’

While rejecting the content of the video, Clinton stressed that no matter how offensive it is, the film cannot be used as an excuse for violence like that seen in Egypt, where a mob breached the walls of the US Embassy in Cairo on Wednesday, and in Yemen, where demonstrators tried to storm the embassy compound in Sanaa on Thursday.

‘There is no justification, none at all, for responding to this video with violence,’ Clinton said.

‘We condemn the violence that has resulted in the strongest terms. … It is especially wrong for violence to be directed against diplomatic missions. These are places whose very purpose is peaceful: to promote better understanding across countries and cultures.’

She then reminded foreign governments that they have a responsibility to protect embassies.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon followed suit, adding: ‘The hateful film that appears to have been deliberately designed to sow bigotry and bloodshed.’

The intelligence leading up to the attacks will be examined to ‘see if there was any way of forecasting this violence,’ as in any violent incident, House Intelligence Committee member Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in an interview Thursday.

But he said the focus now ‘has to be on finding out who is responsible and bringing them to justice.’

US officials said they suspect that the attack at the Benghazi consulate, which had also been the target of an unsuccessful attack in June, may have been only tangentially related to the film.

They also stressed there had been no advance warning or intelligence to suggest a threat in Libya that would warrant boosting security, even on the 11th anniversary of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

‘As we did with all of our missions overseas, in advance of the September 11 anniversary and as we do every year, we did evaluate the threat stream and we determined that the security at Benghazi was appropriate for what we knew,’ State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.

President Barack Obama, speaking a campaign event in Golden, Colorado, also vowed that the perpetrators would be punished.

‘I want people around the world to hear me,’ he said. ‘To all those who would do us harm: No act of terror will go unpunished. I will not dim the light of the values that we proudly present to the rest of the world. No act of violence shakes the resolve of the United States of America.’

As of Thursday morning, there was no intelligence indicating that what happened in Benghazi was planned, according to two U.S. officials briefed on the investigation into the attack. Intelligence officials said they believe it’s more likely that the attack was ‘opportunistic or spontaneous,’ with militants taking advantage of the demonstration to launch the assault.

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  • Puggg

    Anarchists (left wing extremists) like to use the black flag.

  • haroldcrews

    If more people had sense the actions of the last several days by Muslims would convince those of us in the West that Muslims have no place whatsoever in our societies.  Personally I don’t care what they do in their own countries but it concerns the hell out of me that there are more than a few in the West.  They must go.  Deport them all.

  • Jared Pierce

    I am not a real pro Israel kind of guy. And I am not anti Islam. But all this ignorant and idiotic behavior of Islamist rabble makes me want to parachute Israeli special forces onto Tunisia, Cairo, and Libya and have them kick butt in the way only an anti Arab Israeli can do.. These Muslim thugs make Netenyahu look very appealing.

    Jared Pierce

    • Puggg

       The irony of that is that the insane relationship between us and Israel is part of the reason why Israel hasn’t done that already. They were doing that kind of stuff (Golda Meir) before we had to stick our noses in their business mainly because a certain kind of Christian got millennium fever.

    • humptydumpty

      Jared Pierce, Sir, respectfully, I’ve studied the modern zionist idea from its beginnings (about the mid-19th century) and I can assure you that the whole mess is the fault of the zionists. They were told not to swindle the Arabs (Balfour Declarartion – Nov, 1917) and wouldn’t listen.

      As far as this rioting. The Arabs see us (correctly) as supporting the zionists and are angry. Take away the cause of the “problem” (zionist state) and there is no problem.

  • Hosni Mubarak? President? Not lately. Need many fact checkers at the Daily Mail?

  • jedsrael

    This news is making me think that I should stand strong for my “unfortunate and hurtful” stereotypes of Muslims, but I’m worried that if I give in to that “ulgy” tendency, I’ll be Islamophobic, which is even worse than Diverse-aphobic, gay-aphobic, and fem-aphobic.

    Since the Muslims are taking over America without having to fight for it, maybe I should just “catch up with the right side of history” and  shut up before the DOJ feeds by internet logs directly to the “watchdog” database at the local mosque.

  • potato78

     The West Europe likes to use White Color as Flag color.

    Down to the deep south Arabic Africa, Muslims like to use Black as Their Flag Color.

    Which means Everything and the way of thinking Between Christianity and Muslim is absolutely opposite. 

    So Never Mix up.

  • Tim

    “Turned their anger on American Fast Food chains…”  KFC and Hardee`s s are the new  “Me no Alamo, Me No Goliad!!”  The more things change….

    • mobilebay

      Good one, Tim! Spoken like a true Texan. (fromj another one).

  • LaSantaHermandad

    Those who still don’t realize it should be deemed mentally incompetent and institutionalized.
    They are the same ones who still haven’t figured out the Black on White race war.

  • Up to my neck in CA

    1. Pull out all of our troops, bring them home and put them on our borders and in our state parks.
     
    2. Stop all foreign aid, including military and food.
     
    3. Let these noble Arabs and Africans pay for their own way, use our tax dollars in America only.
     
    4. Let them rise and fall by their own merits, if they are so advanced, intelligent and noble.

    5. Kick out all non-Americans.

    • TeutonicKnight67

       you forgot about:

      6. Forcibly repatriate any Americans in hostile territory or revoke their citizenship and bid them “Adieu”

  • scott81

    It doesn’t matter what Muslims do, western countries will still continue to import them by the thousands, no elected politician has the nerve to halt islamic immigration and deport them because they are too busy pandering to them for votes for fear of being called racist. 

  • Shawn_thefemale

    And still we send them all billions.

    I’m betting Obama had to down a fresh batch of beer before his little speech in Colorado and still almost choked on the words.

  • anarchyst

    There is NO SUCH THING as a “moderate” muslim.
    Ostracization and deportation is the only answer.
    Islam is a political system masquerading as a religion and has subverted our Constitutional First Amendment.

  • IKantunderstand

    You know, I’m just saying… It’s kind of interesting that all this stuff is happening now. Just before the U.S. election. I mean, this movie by whomever (could have been done by anybody), the moslem riots, the teachers strike in Chicago. Have the powers to be decided the O man needs to go? And if so, why? I don’t believe in coincidence. Period.

    • Or could it be to develop enmity between the US and the Islamic nations prior to a war with Iran? Or even to provide the context for another false flag attack, like 9/11? 

  • anonymous_amren

    Don’t forget Sydney. Jared Taylor is getting a taste of Australian multiculturalism today…

    http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/sydney-protesters-call-for-beheadings/story-e6frg6nf-1226474756501

    BTW, I don’t know if there are going to be protests against Jared Taylor. I checked all the usual lefty protest groups and they didn’t seem to have noticed he was going to be there, so perhaps he will be able to have an actual civilised meeting for once.

    • GM (Australia)

      Saw the very angry and very Islamic demonstration on tonight’s TV news. Very nasty and not very Australian, it may have even shaken quite a few locals out of their apathy about the Islamic presence in this country. It certainly showed the ugly side of Islam. If  it was not for the backdrop of familiar Sydney sights this could have been news footage from any overseas hell-hole. It was good to see that the NSW police showed very little tolerance towards this rabble, dog squad, riot squad and  mounted police were all there in large numbers.

      As for Mr Taylor’s visit to Sydney, this web site is the only place where I have read of it. Have to keep it quiet so that all the usual suspects from Rent-a-Crowd will not be there to disrupt things.

  • godzillabloggs

    It is not true that muslims hate everyone and everything western.  In Kosovo, children are named “Tonibler’  after you know who.  Of course, he had a hand in doing the muslims a huge favour.  As Rep. Tom Lantos explained.

    “Just a reminder to the predominantly Muslim-led government[s] in this
    world that here is yet another example that the United States leads the way for
    the creation of a predominantly Muslim country in the very heart of Europe.
    This should be noted by both responsible leaders of Islamic governments, such as
    Indonesia, and also for jihadists of all color and hue. The United States’
    principles are universal, and in this instance, the United States stands
    foursquare for the creation of an overwhelmingly Muslim country in the very
    heart of Europe”.

  • mobilebay

    There should be no question about stopping financial aid to the whole mideast. These people are not capable of ever understanding anything except unrest. They were fighting before we got there and will continue long after we’re gone. They are not logical nor will they ever advance from a 10th century mindset. I would like to see every American out of there. We need someone with a spine in Washington who will stand up and denouce these atrocities and demand that the rioting stop or every penny will be withdrawn immediately and mean it. No more pandering or trying to reason with those incapable of understanding how to live in the 21st century.

  • rightrightright

    http://gatesofvienna.blogspot.co.uk/2012/09/dr-bill-warner-subtitled-in-english.html
    This is an excellent narration of Muslims’ war with Europe since Islam’s inception and the war is still going on.  

  • IstvanIN

     Tom Lantos would, who, by the way was not Hungarian, although born in Hungary, Hungarians do not support the takeover of Europe by Muslims although his (Lantos’) ethnic group does.

    • jeffaral

      I am just wondering what ethnic group Mr Lantos belongs to.   No idea really.  Perhaps he’s Icelandic ?

      • IstvanIN

         The unmentionables.

    • godzillabloggs

      Why would Lantos’s ethnic group want to see a militantly pro-Palestinian Europe?

  • Anonymous Amren

    Gaddafi, Mubarak, and Hussein were not especially Islamist, just as much as was necessary to maintain power. For all their corruption, repressiveness, and economic incompetence, they were actually a lot better than your average Islamists, and their dictatorial repression was necessary to prevent Islamic and ethnic unrest.

  • Anonymous Amren

    Actually, drilling in Alaska and the Gulf Coast are by far the bigger threat.

    Nuclear paranoia (thanks to the greens) is the biggest threat to the environment, and to human life. If it wasn’t for nuclear power, it would already be too late to do anything about global warming.

  • jeffaral

    On that I am with the Muzzies:  Zionist America should get out of their countries!

    • Allan477

      In 1900, Arabs were less than 10% of the population of all of Palestine, including what is now Jordan.  The Arabs had little interest in Palestine until American and European Jews started pouring an immense amount of money into the area.  Then they discovered that it was their historical homeland, which, of course, it never was; and started their masssive invasion.   There will be peace in the Middle East only when the Arabs go back to Syria or Egypt, or whatever other hell-hole they came from and leave Israel alone.

  • jeffaral

    A case for war against Iran is being cleverly built up by the CIA and the Mossad.   Soon or later all this Zionist messing up will end up in disaster.   

  • zWsA

    That being said, how does one explain Dubai?

    • The__Bobster

      Money. Money is also the only thing preventing a race war in this country.

  • IstvanIN

     You are correct, which coincides with my opinion that we have no right to insist that the rest of the world adopt our form of government.  Our form of government may have work for us, at one time, but it is not necessarily the right form of government for other cultures.

    • Most people get the government they deserve most of the time.  The events of the last week  have amply demonstrated why Arab/Muslim societies are either brutal secular dictatorships or fundamentalist ecclesiocracies.  That part of the world just isn’t ready for Jeffersonian democratic republicanism.

      It has gotten so obvious that even callers to conservative talk radio are noticing it, and are, in the process, using language about them that is probably too radical for AmRen, and the hosts whom they call aren’t exactly disagreeing.

  • godzillabloggs

    As far as I know, nobody rushed to distance the US government from Lantos’s remarks. In fact,  he remained a respected figure, and glowing tributes were paid to him when he died.  

    Not only was he, and those who thought like him,  enemies  of the Slavs but also enemies  of white Americans and Europeans generally.

  • godzillabloggs

    Step forward the US and its allies – with tonibler receiving a special mention.

  • BHO as bete noire for islamistas. Weird.

    • TeutonicKnight67

       Indeed!

  • patriotdad76

    So much for liberal claims that Obama improved America’s image around the world…

  • TeutonicKnight67

     As an American who knows something of history I was disgraced by this atrocity. I have several Croatian friends who are vocally anti-Serb but would NEVER support the establishment of a siptar state in the Balkans! Not only was there no compelling national interest for us to interfere but we ignored 1000 years of history and made things worse. Although I am fond of my Croat friends, I am not blind to the contributions made by the heroic Serbs in their struggle to repel the moslem  horde through the centuries.