Washington said it was deploying forces to cope with violence in as many as 18 different locations as deadly Muslim anger spreads over a US-made movie that mocks Islam.
Pope Benedict XVI (C) met with Muslim clerics in Beirut to issue a call for peace amid deadly anti-US protests in the Arab world
Two US Marines were killed in Afghanistan when insurgents armed with guns and rockets stormed a heavily fortified air base late on Friday in an attack that the Taliban militia said was to kill Prince Harry and avenge the film.
The attack on Camp Bastion in Helmand province, which continued until Saturday morning, was a major security breach at a base where Britain’s Prince Harry is stationed and has been the target of specific death threats.
It came after at least six protesters died in Egypt, Tunisia, Lebanon and Sudan on Friday as local police battled to defend American missions from mobs of stone-throwers.
Prince Harry’s Camp Bastion has been under sustained attack since Friday
US Defence Secretary Leon Panetta said Washington was configuring its forces to be able to cope with widespread violence following its deployment of Marine counterterrorism units to Libya and Yemen and its stationing of two destroyers off the North African coast. He did not offer any specifics.
But the magazine said that the Pentagon was discussing, but had not yet decided, whether to send a third platoon of 50 specially trained Marines to protect the US embassy in Khartoum.
A California filmmaker linked to a provocative anti-Islam movie that has sparked widespread violence across the Muslim nations was taken to a Los Angeles police station for questioning. “Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, is not under any arrest," Deputy Sherif Don Walker said.
Nakoula, a self-described Coptic Christian, has been identified by US Federal authorities as the key figure behind Innocence of Muslims, the film denigrating Islam that ignited mob violence against US embassies across the Middle East.
Google won't remove film
Google Inc rejected a request by the White House on Friday to reconsider its decision to keep online a controversial YouTube movie clip that has ignited anti-American protests in the Middle East.
The Internet company is however censoring the video in India and Indonesia after blocking it on Wednesday in Egypt and Libya.
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