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. Julie

    "Replacing the flag with a black standard...." Really, who doesn't know that that is the Al Qaeda flag? Shame on CNN for trying not to report accurately. Call it what it is, the scary take over of Egypt by Al Qaeda. Remembering 9-11.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. preobamaveteran

    America is still the greatest success of Judeo/Christianity anywhere in the world. Satan hates the Jewish people and American Christians. Here is another excellent example. And Obama must go -- Defend America, Defeat Obama!

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

      You're a lunatic just like the extremist muslims

      September 11, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. tomboy

    These are the people we feed and try to protect and give loads of cash to--we need to re- acess our reasoning!!!!

    September 11, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. j***h2

    Now watch these limp spined and wristed gomers, go ahead and pay Egypt the Billion bucks we said we would anyway. AT THE VERY LEAST. We should withhold payment. But do not expect the Carters to do anything! Just BOW and kiss more Muslim feet or other parts of their anatomy!

    September 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  5. abu nuah

    I wonder if Muhammad would feel "insulted" by receiving millions & millions of dollars from atheists, apostates, & polytheists (Americans & Christians). Oh, I see, that's OK.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Vicky

    And our policy seems to support this.. how depressing is this?

    September 11, 2012 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bubba the Hate Sponge

    The Bible is no children's book either (although it's probably just as imaginative).

    September 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Vicky

    The WH seems to have supported this mentality. So why is everyone shocked?

    September 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rachel

    Here is Obama's Arab Spring in full color

    September 11, 2012 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JT

    I wonder what the average American would think or do if they knew the truth about the last mock election. Do you know why Sarah Palin's bus tour was really canceled last year? Do you know why she stayed 30 miles away from the second debate and chose the death of Steve Jobs to announce that she's not running? Know what leaked out? Sarah Palin isn't in this race because too many people now know the truth.

    Search PalinsDirtyLittleSecret for the BIGGEST cover up in world history...

    September 11, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Oh Jeez

      FYI everyone – hate to ruin the secret, but its "Sarah Palin is a dizzy pinup who doesn't know jack." Hope I saved you from visiting the site.

      Again, sorry to roon the secret for those it matters to

      September 11, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peter Griffen

    I wipe my butt with mohamed toilet paper

    September 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Barry bin Inhalin

    I see The Amateur & Piano Legs try a foreign policy is going along swimmingly.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • BruceS

      Hahaha – almost spewed tea all over my iPad.

      Sad thing is, they think they're the smartest people to EVER hold their positions.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tacitus Talks

    This was happening in 1978 and 1979 under Barack Obama the First. They aren't going to take the embassy this time, because the knew the consequences of the folly – a tougher President. We asked this question in the late 70s as these people killed Marine guards. The Left, that always whines about being concerned for the troops, unless they are be squandered by a Democrat, as usual apologized for the killers instead of the safety of our people.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ytrdghkuytf

    RepubliKKKans want to use muslims who hate them as a tool to re-election–smart very smart–very israelie if I don't say so myself–

    September 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. BruceS

    Dream on. They would have been sent to meet their maker. Imagine their surprise to discover there are no virgins and that they get to face the God of JACOB.

    Instead they chose a target that they thought would be safer because they know that Jimmy Carter II will let them slide. It really is 1980 all over again.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robert Nagel

      With a little pinch of Clinton added in.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
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