Jamal al-Jabiri of Mail & Guardian is reporting that the Middle East has been swept with anti-U.S. fury over an obscure 14 minute film made by Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, an Egyptian who is a Coptic Christian, living in California. The Pentagon has sent troops to embassies located in the Middle East to boost security as protesters are enraged over the film that reportedly mocks Islam.
CNN is reporting that people have taken to the streets in 10 nations and the Indian-controlled region of Kashmir, according to U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, railing against “Innocence of Muslims” and the nation where it was produced, the United States. This outrage, and danger to Americans, could worsen in the coming days, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FBI warned Thursday in a joint intelligence bulletin. The frenzy erupted after traditional Muslim Friday prayers. Fury over the film has been stoked by Internet video footage, social networks, preachers and word-of-mouth.
Protesters clashed with U.S. police at the embassy near Cairo, broke into the German Embassy in Khartoum, hoisting the Islamic flag and one person has been killed during protests in Tripoli.
Meanwhile, the bodies of four Americans killed in Libya were returned to the United States on Friday. The body of Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens was one of them. It is thought that the attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya is related to the film.