Islamist Mob Attacks U.S. Embassy in Yemen, Analysts Cite Blowback

By:  Alex Newman
09/13/2012
       
Islamist Mob Attacks U.S. Embassy in Yemen, Analysts Cite Blowback

 An Islamist mob stormed the U.S. embassy in Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a, torching a building after tearing down the American flag and setting it on fire. The latest incident, like the September 11 attacks on American diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya, was widely reported to have been sparked by outrage over a crude YouTube video depicting the Islamic Prophet Mohammed as a barbarian pedophile.

 An Islamist mob stormed the U.S. embassy in Yemen’s capital city of Sana’a on September 13, torching a building after tearing down the American flag and setting it on fire. The latest incident, like the September 11 attacks on American diplomatic missions in Egypt and Libya, was widely reported to have been sparked by outrage over a crude YouTube video depicting the Islamic Prophet Mohammed as a barbarian pedophile.

Multiple analysts, however, suggested the violence may actually be a manifestation of “blowback” against the U.S. government’s lawless foreign policy. The video itself has also raised questions, with some analysts speculating that there may be more to the story than has been publicly acknowledged. A few commentators even suggested the anti-Islam film could be some sort of hoax, a cover, or even an intelligence operation.

Numerous injuries have already been reported on both sides of the conflict in Yemen: the protesters and the security forces. According to early news reports, hundreds of protesters had breached the U.S. embassy compound but had not yet entered the main office building housing American government personnel. Later reports said the rampaging hordes had torched a building and looted some computer equipment.

In addition to burning the embassy’s flag and one of the buildings, the mob ripped down the sign on the outer wall and started fires all around the premises. Some demonstrators also managed to raise a black Islamist flag, used by extremists worldwide, over the U.S. embassy. 

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Photo of Islamists assaulting the U.S. embassy in Yemen: AP Images

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