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. Stuart

    And we are giving 1.5 billion in foreign aid to this country why? 4th biggest recipient of US foreign aid.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bsmonitor

    Since he outed himself, my guess is won't see Andy Cooper reporting from any of the Muslim countries he is so proud of.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jed

    Lots of Bitter conservatives on here, evidently unhappy that the Muslims are acting exactly like them. This is why you will never win another election in your current form. Deal with it.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • obozosux

      In what fashion do conservatives comport themselves in this manner? Cite date, time and place. Otherwise shut your stupid mouth!

      September 11, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonathan

      @obozosucks

      They say they hate americans and what us out of their countries. Conservatives say they hate muslims and want them gone from the world. Pretty similar. Conservatives love to spend money on war, and they are chomping at the bit to go to Iran.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • RightField

      Classic liberal hypocritical liar. THIS is EXACTLY how filthy Occupy Takers behave. Not ONCE have you ever seen conservatives behave in this way.

      Tell me, why do you libs always lie, cheat and steal your way through life? Is it a genetic thing?

      September 11, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mohamed Swallows

    What's the name of the movie?

    September 11, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ColeslawPatriot

    Why aren't these invaders of sovereign US soil being shot dead? What are the consequences to their actions? This is the US in a state of impotence.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Clint

      These are Obama's people. Muslims. Notice WE even appologized to the protestors

      September 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bubba the Hate Sponge

      You're right, we should start a war with everyone! Fight fire with fire, right? Jesus, no wonder Conservatives are viewed so negatively in this country.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Granger

      Bubba – what's this got to do with Conservatives? ignorance=liberalism

      September 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlogMagog

      The Obama "Arab Spring" smells just like Jihad to me.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Sivart Nagrom

    I think its funny. Lol they tagged a flag and totally claimed our embassy with it. They won at capture the flag. For revenge we should attack their embassy here and write "freedom of religion, express yourself" on their flag.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    More and more like Jimmy Carter every day. The parallels are more striking every day. Now if Barry can just have a bunny attack him....

    September 11, 2012 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike Smitty

      Carter was inept, Obama knows what he is doing

      September 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. n.shanahan

    Oh it's probaly nothing, eh Mr President

    September 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. AmVet

    Another great Obama foreign policy blunder!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Clint

    Why doesn't the article mention our State Dept and the embassy appologized to the protesters. This is just life under the closet Muslim – Obama.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. D Schwarz

    The smartest man in the room has no answers.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike Smitty

    Have any women been assaulted yet?

    September 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • BlogMagog

      Don't be silly, only the Republicans are waging a war on women..... right Jennifer Flowers? Why does Barry Soertoro list Islam as his religion on his Occidental College admission? Also says he is Indonesian? So what kind of joke has been perpetrated onto the American People???? why is the media such cowards as too not vet this guy??? WHo the hell is steering the ship?

      September 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Precedent Marshall Davis

    Fore!!!!! Did I do that?

    September 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Will

    So Obamas muslim buddies don't like the United States? News to everyone but Obama.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  15. badjrsgord

    Do anything to aviod another Iran hostage. If they do, bomb 'em to hell. Kick their people out of the US and no more aid. That should have been a given a long time ago. These people hate us and always will.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • BruceS

      We're reliving Jimmy the Genius Carter all over again. It's sad to know we didn't learn our lesson the first time around.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
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