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. str1249

    Our new friends, the Muslim Brotherhood. Kind of gives you a warm little tingle in your stomach, doesn't it?

    September 11, 2012 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Disgrace!

    How dare they do this, on the anniversary of 9/11, THAT is an Al-Qaeda FLAG!!! Are you kidding me???? Al-Qaeda RAISED their flag on OUR EMBASSY on 9/11 and we apologize???........ WOW!

    September 11, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Grover

    So they finally saw Shrek?

    September 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 0bama

    Muslims, please plunder and pillage embassies after I'm re elected
    Greece, please collapse after I'm re elected
    Jews, donate to muy campaign until after I'm elected and then Iran can annihilate you
    Russia, please await my unilateral disarmament until after I'm re elected
    Everyone, stick to the plan.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Clint

    Oh come on. These are Obama's friends. They are the people that gave him Dreams of His Father. They are his chosen ones. He was raised in Kenya, Indonesia, and who knows where else. These are his Muslim brothers. Once reelected who knows what he will do.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Charles

    If I had a son he would look like these fine boys..doing whats right for the cause...

    September 11, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. khaled zohny

    Be nice to America or they will bring DemocracY to ur countries 🙂

    September 11, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mendoza

    who cares?

    September 11, 2012 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Rjm2238

    I have been talking about this since the beginning of the so-called 'Arab Spring'. Well this isn't Prague, this isn't 1968 and we are not dealing with civilized people. The moment I saw this I thought Pan-Arab Caliphate, it is finally coming to fruition and it is no coincidence that Mr. Obama is in office. His administration was the fertilizer to allow this monster to grow or should I say metastises.
    I’ll say it again, this is only the beginning and if we allow Mr. Obama to throw in a nuclear armed Iran to compliment a nuclear armed Pakistan, well we’ve got real trouble. For the Israelis the situation has gone from untenable to disastrous and demands almost immediate action, but hold on, Mr. Obama has no time to meet with the Israeli PM. No for once he not fund raising, he is not golfing, he is well, campaigning and he is out to insult, in his own, oh so Chicago way, Israel, he will be on a late night television program! This narcissistic fool is stooping to this level, at this critical juncture just to make a point, which is, do not disrespect me when I am running for office. How dare you.
    I mean look at the Gallup organization, the Department of Injustice is bringing them to court because they had the audacity to publish a poll which had not been preapproved by the regime and which had the audacity to suggest His Excellency was behind in the poll. Quick to the Gulag, off with their heads. For the Israelis it is not off with their heads but something more akin to on with the gas, for they are truly facing a crisis as serious as any since the holocaust and this regime is enjoying it, immensely. They have planted the seeds, watered the plants are now ready to eat the fruits. I for one hope they turn out to be poisoned and save the world from anymore of his mean spirited and hate filled, rouge regime. Rich in New Mexico.

    September 11, 2012 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Robert

    I see this absurd reaction by religious fanatics nd I can't help but think that they need to be repeatedly insulted so they can begin to understand that in a free society, people are going to say things that some will not like. These people are complete and utter morons.

    September 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. plowdriver

    WOW, this is starting to look like the carter admin, will we have our own citizens marched around in front of muslim tv cameras with guns in there mouths again in blind folds. Are these the same muslim brotherhood guys that Obama said were moderate, and on the anniversery of Sept 11th, to attack our own soil in there nations. Where are the Marines, are they told yet again to stand down, the American flag was desecrated, is it not the sacred duty of the Corps to protect the flag and return it to the Ambassador before he leaves the compound. What has happened to my nation, where are the Generals that should be doing something, is this what our GIs should be seeing while stationed abroad?

    September 11, 2012 at 10:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rjm2238

      I am afraid our military is awaiting orders from the civilian side on how to handle these Muslim attacks. These where inevitable once Hosni Mubarak was deposed yet there were no contingency plans put into effect, even the other dominos began to tumble down. Between the current regimes agreeing that a Pan Arab caliphate would be a good thing and their normal incompetence and timidity this is what you get. We a have a leaderless, rudderless ship of state drifting about and no one is even looking at the charts to keep us from grounding on the next reef.
      I fully suspect Obama and his minions do not see what is happening in the Middle East as a bad thing in so far as it does not get out of hand like this, and reflect badly on His Excellency and his Court Jesters of Hillary, Panetta and El Grande Court Jester, Joe ‘Bidet’ Biden. I use the name Bidet for the VP because as we all can see, he is completely full of excrement, in fact he exudes it every time he opens his mouth.
      For the sake of freedom and humanity the world over, it is imperative the American people vote in November and overwhelmingly depose this seditious bunch Communist thugs, before it is too late and millions die in a new generation of tyranny and suppression, the installation of regimes, the world over so barbarous that the world has never seen the like of them before.
      Rich in New Mexico.

      September 11, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. mooster

    Tell them to chill; no one goes to Will Ferrell movies anymore.

    September 11, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. JmaC

    Yogi Berra had right. "It's déjà vu all over again" Gas is $4.00 a gallon, the economy is a mess, an American Embassy in the Middle East is being overrun – and Jimmy Carter's twin is in White House.

    September 11, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Little Thunder

    These people are just plain crazy. They will burn who ever flag is around at the time.

    September 11, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kingpin1821

    Hmm....while the Egyptians scale the walls, I guess it's time for Obama to apologize.

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