Anti-America Protests Spread

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Over the last several days, protestors across the Middle East have taken to the streets outside U.S. embassies in Egypt, Israel, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia, and Yemen in response to the American-made Internet video called Innocence of Muslims. The controversial low-budget film, which was reportedly made by a California man using a fake persona and may have been made under false pretenses, mocks Islam and portrays Muslims as immoral. Protests kicked off at the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Tuesday, Sept. 11, and escalated dramatically with the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, which resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Tensions remain high and protests continue to grow; here's a look at the popular unrest sweeping the globe.

Above, a Sudanese demonstrator burns a German flag as others shout slogans after torching the German embassy in Khartoum during a protest against the film on Sept. 14. Around 5,000 protesters in the Sudanese capital stormed the British and German embassies.

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Tunisian protesters break the windows as they hold Islamic flags above the gate of U.S. embassy in Tunis during a protest on Sept. 14. Protesters broke into the compound of the U.S. embassy despite volleys of tear gas and warning shots fired by security forces, an AFP photographer reported.

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A tear gas grenade is fired by Israeli policemen to disperse protesters during a demonstration after the Friday prayers outside al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on Sept. 14. Clashes broke out between part of the crowd and Israeli police as the demonstration moved out of the Old City, with security forces firing tear gas and stun grenades that injured at least five people.

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Pakistani Muslim protesters cross barbed wires as they attempt to reach the U.S. embassy during a demonstration on Sept. 14. Hundreds of Pakistani Islamists held protest rallies to denounce the film, calling on the government to expel the U.S. ambassador and other U.S. diplomats from Pakistan.

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Turks chant anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration against the film at Beyazit Square in Istanbul on Sept.14. The film that sparked protests across the Islamic world is a provocation against Muslims but should not be used as a pretext for violence, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday.

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Iranian protestors hold anti-U.S. posters as they demonstrate after Friday prayers in Tehran on Sept. 14.

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Indian Muslim holds placards as they shout anti-U.S. slogans during a demonstration against the film on Sept. 14 in Amritsar on Sept. 14.
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An Egyptian protester holds a makeshift shield as he throws a stone towards the riot police during clashes near the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Sept. 13. Police responded by firing tear gas as they clashed with a crowd protesting against the film, which pokes fun at the Prophet Mohammed and touches on themes of pedophilia and homosexuality.

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An Egyptian protester throws a tear gas canister back toward the riot police during clashes near the U.S. embassy in Cairo on Sept. 13.

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A Yemeni protester waves a flag bearing Islamic calligraphy outside the gate of the U.S. embassy in Sanaa during a protest over the film on Sept. 13. Yemeni forces drove out angry protesters who stormed the embassy in the Yemeni capital by firing warning shots as crowds approached the main gate of the mission. 

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Tunisian protesters burn a U.S. flag bearing a portrait of actress Marilyn Monroe during a demonstration against the film. 

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Kashmiri Muslims shout slogans during a demonstration against the controversial movie in Srinagar, India, on Sept. 13. 

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Iranians take part in a protest against the film (and Israel) on Sept. 13 in Tehran. Up to 500 people protested in Tehran to chants of "Death to America!" The rally took place near the Swiss embassy, which handles U.S. interests in the absence of U.S.-Iran diplomatic ties, and ended peacefully two hours later. 

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Iraqi supporters of Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr's movement burn the Israeli and the U.S. flags during a protest denouncing the film on Sept. 13 in the central Iraqi city of Kut.

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A Palestinian man holds a placard praising the Prophet Mohammed during a demonstration against the film on Sept. 12 in front of the United Nations headquarters in Gaza City. 

Above, Arab-Israeli Muslim protesters raise green Islamic flags with the Muslim profession of belief: "There is no God but God and Mohammed is the prophet of God" during a protest against the film in front of the U.S. embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, on Sept. 13.

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Moroccan women shout slogans during a demonstration against the film near the U.S. consulate in Casablanca, Morocco.

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Yemeni protesters gather around a fire during a demonstration over the film outside the U.S. embassy in Sanaa on Sept. 13. 

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