2012 U.S. diplomatic missions attacks

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On September 11, 2012, the U.S. embassies in Cairo, Egypt; Chennai, India; Tunis, Tunisia; Khartoum, Sudan; Sana'a, Yemen, and the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya were attacked.[1]

Protest and attack[change | change source]

On September 11, 2012, the attack was caused by protests over media excerpts from a trailer of a movie, Innocence of Muslims,[2] which the protestors considered blasphemy against the Islamic prophet, Muhammad. In Egypt, a group scaled the embassy wall and tore down the American flag, replacing it with a black Islamist flag. In Libya, rocket-propelled grenades were fired at the consulate from a nearby farm. The attack killed the visiting U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens,[3] Glen Doherty a security officer, Sean Smith a United States Foreign Service Information Management Officer, and Tyrone S. Woods a former U.S. Navy Seal, ten Libyan police officers, and two others. The protest ended on September 27, 2012.

Deaths[change | change source]

About 75 people died during the attack. The most notable deaths were the ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, and Tyrone Woods.

  • Christopher Stevens (April 18, 1960 – September 11, 2012) was the ambassador. He died of suffocation from a smoke grenade.
  • Sean Smith (1978 – September 11, 2012) was the Information Management Officer at the embassy. He also suffocated from smoke grenades.
  • Glen Doherty (c. 1970 - September 11, 2012) was a security officer at the embassy. He died after the embassy caught fire.
  • Tyrone Snowden Woods (January 15, 1971 – September 12, 2012) was an American Navy soldier and part of the State Department Diplomatic Security. Woods was killed while protecting diplomats.[4]

Other locations[change | change source]

Other locations include:

Some of these locations were burning the United States flag and the Israeli flag.

International locations[change | change source]

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