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How outrage against anti-Islam film unfolded

A mock U.S. flag set on fire by a group of about 50 angry Islamists, who were shouting anti-U.S. slogans and protesting against a film ridiculing the Prophet Mohammad, near the U.S. embassy in Ankara, Turkey, Sunday, September 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici)

CAIRO: A breakdown of events since the diffusion of a film considered offensive to Islam which prompted violent anti-US protests around the Muslim world.

The U.S.-produced film "Innocence of Muslims," directed by a Coptic Christian filmmaker, calls Islam a "cancer."


- At the US consulate in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three more embassy officials are killed, including two ex-marines.

According to an American official, extremists used hostility to the film as a pretext to launch an attack on US interests on the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.

- In Egypt, some 3,000 mainly Salafist demonstrators demonstrate at the Cairo US embassy.


- Libya apologises to the United States and blames followers of the deposed regime of late strongman Moamer Kadhafi and Al-Qaeda.

- US President Barack Obama condemns the "outrageous" attack but vows he will not break America's bond with Libya. He orders stepped up security at US posts worldwide.


- In Yemen, where the US embassy is attacked, clashes between police and demonstrators kill four people. More than 200 are injured when protesters stone the US mission in Cairo. Demonstrations also take place in Iraq, Iran and the Gaza Strip.


- In Sudan, security forces use tear gas against some 10,000 demonstrators near the US embassy. Two protesters are killed. Protesters set the German mission ablaze.

- In the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli, one person is killed in clashes between security forces and Islamists.

- In Tunis four people are killed in clashes at the US embassy and nearby American school.

- In Cairo a protester is killed in clashes with police outside US embassy.


- Taliban militants storm Camp Bastion, a heavily fortified airfield in Afghanistan's Helmand province where Britain's Prince Harry is deployed, killing two US Marines.

- Al-Qaeda's Yemeni branch says the deadly attack on US diplomats in Libya was in "revenge" for the killing of its number two, Sheikh Abu Yahya al-Libi, in a drone strike in June.

- The United States orders non-essential diplomatic staff to leave Sudan and Tunisia.


- Some 1,500 students pour into the streets of Kabul to protest against the film.

- The makers of the film were influenced by a southern California-based Coptic preacher, Zakaria Botros Henein, who made a business out of insults to the Prophet Mohammed, The Los Angeles Times reports.

- Libya announces the arrest of 50 suspects over the Benghazi killing.


- Two protesters against the film die in Pakistan, while demonstrations also take place in Afghanistan and Azerbaijan.

- Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warns of "very dangerous" global repercussions if the film is released in its entirety as tens of thousands take to the streets of southern Beirut for his rare public appearance.

- Hundreds of Palestinians stage a peaceful protest in Ramallah.

- Hundreds of Yemeni students demonstrate, calling for the expulsion of the American ambassador and the boycott of American products.

- Protesters clash with Indonesian police outside the US embassy in Jakarta.

- The US says it will close its embassy in Bangkok in response to a planned protest by several hundred people.

- Salafist cleric in Egypt Ahmad Fouad Ashoush issues a fatwa against the film's cast and crew.


- A suicide car bombing in Kabul kills 12 people, nine of them foreigners, in the deadliest single attack claimed in vengeance for the film to date.





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