Protesters climb U.S. Embassy walls in Cairo
Protesters rally in front the U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Egypt, on Tuesday.
September 11th, 2012
01:43 PM ET

Protesters climb U.S. Embassy walls in Cairo

[Updated at 5:38 p.m. ET] Angry protesters climbed the walls of the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Tuesday and tore down the American flag, apparently in protest of a film thought to insult the Prophet Mohammed.

A volley of warning shots were fired as a large crowd gathered around the compound, said CNN producer Mohammed Fahmy, who was on the scene, though it is not clear who fired the shots.

Egyptian police and army personnel have since formed defensive lines around the facility in an effort to prevent the demonstrators from advancing farther, but not before the protesters affixed their standard atop the embassy.

The black flag, which hangs atop a ladder inside the compound, is adorned with white characters that read, "There is no God but Allah and Mohammad is his messenger," an emblem often used in al Qaeda propaganda.

It was unclear which film upset the protesters.

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  1. mikemoair2

    do chicks in egypt vajazzle? do they bukkake? who is their favorite american idol judge?

    September 11, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. In Austin

    I am so sick of religious freeks going off in the name of God. I know they have nothing else to believe in but keep it rational, for Pete's sake! Allah, God, the Jolly green Giant are all figments of our imagination! To kill or even die in the name of a fictional character is more than insane. I suppose it brings them together for awhile. Can't they just have a street party?

    September 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. David

    I see that the Republicans are being attacked again by someone who revealed his bias in his opening (jonathan). I am sure the "Right Wingers" are responsible for all that is wrong in this world. For those of us not right or left, for those of use who transcend the dual party system, let's take our rational discussions to something other than blogging, occupying. There is a dual party system that is more terrifying that the US. It is the Muslims and the Infidels. There doesn't seem to be rational behavior from the Muslims, so I welcome any intervention on our part. Call America a bully, call us the world police, but if it takes that to provide sanity, then indeed I support those who want to preempt the clear desire for our destruction (and Israel). How else do you rationalize with a 1.4 Billion person organization that believes for their savior to appear, both America and Israel must be destroyed?

    September 11, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • surprised frm ignorance

      There is no such thing, and america wasnt even discovered
      we do not have a savior that would appear once america or israel are destroyed, this is total BS.
      people like you who keep spreading rumours are the ones who spread all the hate.

      September 11, 2012 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JustAGuy

    @Bubba the Hate Sponge – "What did George W. Bush do? Oh right, sent us to the brink of destruction. And Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan both don't have any desire to help out the country."

    Huh? ...and you say that on 9/11! Way to go, Mr. Hate Sponge. :-/

    September 11, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis D

      Bush happened to be in office when Democrats destroyed America. From Barney Frank to Chris Dodd and Franklin Raines. Clintons repeal of Glass Steagle and so on.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Lord Ligonier

    Islam is the religion of peace and anyone who disagrees shall be stoned.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • surprised frm ignorance

      do u see any stoning on the picture?
      they climbed the wall... no one in US climbs walls?
      btw, nothing in islam asks people to climb walls...just before someone suggest that

      September 11, 2012 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 1billionMore

    Oh, let's not forget to write that $1 Billion check to them AGAIN. screw the foreign diplomacy, cutoff all these sons of bit***s and rebuild OUR infrastructure.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Marv

    What is this, the Democrat National Convention?

    September 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike Wheeler

    They aren't there protesting. Yellow Cab was having a career fair.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. D.M. Sligh

    Mullah Barry Soetoro (aka Barak Hussein Obama) is a lifelong America-hating islamist as well as Marxist-Leninist. The images such as these are pure 'eye candy' to him!

    September 11, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba the Hate Sponge

      lol careful there. your tin foil hat is showing

      September 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Indy

    So, do we still have to forgive their billion dollar debt ?

    September 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • surprised frm ignorance

      how u gonna pay american companies there and keep them running otherwise?

      September 11, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Lord Ligonier

    What does Obama stand for ???

    One Big Ass Mistake America

    September 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba the Hate Sponge

      Wow that's clever. How much time did you spend thinking that one up? lol

      September 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • obozosux

      You got that right! How's that "Arab spring" thing workin' out for you Obots?

      September 11, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. j d thomas

    The Obama Administration is planning on giving Egypt miliions to help usher in "Democracy.' Total madness !! There will never will be democracy here...They will use the money against us...Wake up already people..

    September 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jason, NYC Law

    Obama, thanks for the change...it really seems to be working in Egypt, Iran, Syria and Afghanistan!

    September 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  14. iambicpentamaster

    President Islam-Is-A-Peaceful-Religion and his Secretary of State, Mrs. StainMaker, have the U.S. right where the Muslim Brotherhood wants it.

    Don't believe me?

    Ask Lara Logan...

    September 11, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ComeOn

    Do these guys not realize that we contribute over $2 billion in International Assistance to Egypt every year. In 2006 the U.S. contributed $57 million to increase jobs and rural household income which the Egyptian government squandered and the Egyptian people never saw the results of. In 2009, the U.S. contributed $151 million to modernize Egypt's financial sector and thus make investing possible for all Egyptians. Again these monies were squandered by the Egyptian government. The U.S. has a track record of attempting to help out the average Egyptian citizen even if the past oligarchy did not allow the people to see the fruits of U.S. ambitions. Then, when the Arab spring was merely a creek the U.S. covertly contributed millions of dollars to mobilize the democratic movement. What do we get for our generosity? A movement hijacked by ignorant fundamentalists wielding hatred and mob mentality. Congress, you have my vote to cease all future assistance to a country that is clearly regressing instead of utilizing this moment in history to join a progressive modern era. If there are any level headed Egyptians with influence over this mob now is the time to stand up and say we will not stand for barbarianism! We will be a fountainhead for civility and democracy for the region! Now is the opportunity!

    September 11, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
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