Riots at US embassy in Yemen
Have you ever seen it all come crashing down so fast? On the same day as Sudan rejected an official U.S. request to allow the entry of U.S. Marine infantry troops to its territories to enhance the protection around its embassy, following recent bloody protests in Khartoum ..... Yemen follows suit. Who wouldn't prefer going back to the days of George W. Bush? It was a far, far safer world.
"Yemen parliament rejects US Marines at embassy" Ahram Online, September 15, 2012 Thanks to David
The Yemeni parliament on Saturday said it rejected the presence of US Marines in Sanaa to boost security at the American embassy against any further protests against a US-made film mocking Islam.
In a statement, parliament affirmed its "rejection of any form of foreign presence" in Yemen, saying it was up to the government to provide security for foreign embassies.
Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters on Friday the United States has deployed a Marine anti-terrorism unit to Sanaa to help protect the American embassy in the face of angry demonstrations.
"This is partly as a response to events over the past two days at our embassy in Yemen but it's also in part a precautionary measure," he said."A FAST (Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team) platoon is now on the ground in Sanaa," with a contingent of about 50 US Marines, Little said.
Four people were killed on Thursday when police and protesters clashed near the embassy in a protest against the film produced privately in the United States and deemed insulting to Islam.
On Friday, Yemeni security forces fired warning shots, tear gas and water cannon to disperse protesters about 500 metres (yards) from the embassy compound who burned the American flag and called for the expulsion of the US ambassador.