FAQ: What Happened in Libya and Egypt?
Anger over an anti-Islamic movie snowballs into violence.
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What's Going On Over There? - On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, anti-American violence erupted in Cairo, and Benghazi, Libya. Four Americans were killed including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens. BET.com answers questions about what's behind it all. — Naeesa Aziz (Photo: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)
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What Set Off the Violence? - After a movie by Israeli-American filmmaker Sam Bacile was translated into Arabic, news of its controversial message spread quickly over the Internet and sparked extreme anger. The film depicts Islam's Prophet Muhammad having sex, talking about killing children and refers to a donkey as "the first Muslim animal." (Photo: REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori)
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What Happened in Libya? - An angry mob set the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on fire in protest of the film, and armed gunmen attacked the grounds. (Photo: REUTERS/Esam Al-Fetori)
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Were There Any American Casualities? - In the Libyan attacks, four Americans were killed. U.S. ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, Foreign Service Information Management Officer Sean Smith and two unidentified staffers died. (Photo: AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
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What Are the Libyan Authorities Saying? - Libyan Prime Minister Abdurrahim El-Keib and head of the national assembly, Mohammed Magarief, spoke out Wednesday:"While we strongly condemn any attempts of insult the person of the Prophet and our sanctities or tampering with our beliefs, we reject the use of force and terrorizing innocent civilians," Magarief said. (Photo: REUTERS/Ismail Zitouny)