Skooter reporting 0916/12
A film mocking the Prophet Mohammed which sparked a wave of furious anti-Western protests subsided on Saturday, but U.S. policy in the Muslim world remained put in the shade by 13 minutes of unprofessional video on the Internet.
In Khartoum, family members and non-essential staff of the U.S. Embassy which was attacked on Friday was ordered by Washington to leave after Sudan turned down its request to send Marines to strengthen security.
As well, in the Tunisian capital Tunis, was attacked on Friday, it pulled non-essential personnel out of its embassy and advised American citizens to leave the city. Since the turbulence erupted, marine platoons have been deployed to U.S. missions in Yemen and Libya.
In a separate event, riot police stomped into Cairo's Tahrir Square and rounded up hundreds of people after four days of conflicts and demands from protesters for the U.S. ambassador to be expelled. Meanwile, Saudi Arabia’s highest religious authority condemned the attacks on diplomats and embassies across the Middle East as un-Islamic.
But the Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda cheered the killings of U.S. diplomats in Libya and encouraged Muslims to slaughter more, calling the video posted on the Internet another chapter in the "crusader wars" against Islam.
Elsewhere, hundreds of Muslims took to the streets of Australia's largest city, some hurling rocks and bottles in clashes with police. Some brandishing placards which reads, "Behead all those who insult the Prophet".
In Paris, at least 80 Islamist militants were rounded up while trying to demonstrate outside the U.S. Embassy near the Champs Elysees, French police sources said. However, this Saturday, it was relatively calm after about nine deaths in the Muslim world on Friday during protests and attacks on American and other Western embassies.
Leading a ceremony on Friday, President Barack Obama, pay tribute to the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans who died in an attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on September 11. Obama vowed to "stand fast" against the violence. He said that the U.S. will never retreat from the world. The Pentagon rushed to strengthen security at missions abroad.
There were 50 people who were identified by Libyan authorities who were involved in the attack in which ambassador Christopher Stevens died.