Sudan rejects U.S. request to send Marines to guard embassy

KHARTOUM Sat Sep 15, 2012 4:47pm EDT

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KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan has rejected a U.S. request to send a platoon of Marines to bolster security at the U.S. embassy outside Khartoum, the state news agency SUNA said on Saturday.

On Friday, around 5,000 people protested against a film that insults the Prophet Mohammad, storming the German embassy before breaking into the U.S. mission.

They also attacked the British embassy. At least two people were killed in clashes with police, according to state media.

A U.S. official told Reuters on Friday that Washington would send Marines to Sudan to improve security at the embassy, which is located outside Khartoum for security reasons.

"Sudan is able to protect the diplomatic missions in Khartoum and the state is committed to protecting its guests in the diplomatic corps," Sudanese Foreign Minister Ali Ahmed Karti told SUNA.

The U.S. State Department declined to comment.

Sudan beefed up security at some missions on Saturday. A riot police truck was parked in front of the deserted German embassy, which protesters had set on fire on Friday. An Islamic flag raised by the crowd was still flying. Three officers manned the main gate.

More than 20 police officers were sitting in front of the U.S. embassy.

The film, which depicts Mohammad as a womanizer and charlatan, was made in the United States, and Muslim outrage has led to crowds assaulting U.S. diplomatic missions in a number of Arab countries.

Sudan has also criticized Germany for allowing a protest last month by right-wing activists carrying caricatures of Mohammad, and for Chancellor Angela Merkel's award in 2010 to a Danish cartoonist who had depicted the prophet, triggering unrest across the Islamic world.

President Omar Hassan al-Bashir has been under pressure from Islamists who feel the government has given up the religious values of his 1989 Islamist coup.

The Sudanese government had called for protests against the film, but peaceful ones. U.S. President Barack Obama's administration said it had nothing to do with the movie, which is little more than an amateurish video clip and appears to have been made in California.

(Reporting by Ulf Laessing; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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SyriasTruth wrote:
You just can’t figure out these Muslim extremist’s..!!!

A cheap film about Muslim prophet…no one killed by the film. No mosques destroyed or holy Muslim books burned. Yet Muslims riot and kill in the streets all over the world.

Well let me ask…Where is the outrage and riots over the slaughter of Muslims, the destruction of hundreds of Muslim Mosques of every sect, the buring of thousands of Muslim holy books….all in Syria by Bashar Assad the ruler of Syria. TELL ME…where are the Muslim nations? Where…are the Muslim’s who are outraged?

Bashar Assad has mass murdered over 39,000 Syrian Muslims !! Butchered unarmed Muslim civilians…men, women, children and babies.
Assad has arrested or disappeared over 235,000 other Muslim Syrian people. He has slit their throats after capture, burned them alive in their homes, burried them in mass graves hundreds at a time.

Where is this so called Muslim outrage ???

None….nothing anywhere !! Not one protest against Assad’s attackes on Muslims and Muslim mosques !!

Yet…today…and I mean right now !!! Assad is shelling with artillery, and bombing with planes Muslim cities, villages and towns…just as he has for 19 months. Not one Muslim on TV, or in the streets to protest this slaughter!

Yet here we have Muslims all across the world as “Movie Critics” burning and killing over the insult ???

What about the actual act, the actual destruction of Muslim People and their Holy places of worship? How can Muslim’s let Bashar Assad act..and not protest such atrocities against Muslims?

If there is this little outrage over Syria’s Muslims being slaughtered …then all this rioting and outrage over an unpublished movie nad it’s trailer is just a bunch of Muslim BS! Useless waste of lives and energy.

If Muslims don’t care about what is going on in Syria …..Muslim’s just don’t care…AT ALL.

Sep 15, 2012 5:00pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
AZWarrior wrote:
Do it anyway. It is legal under international law and after all, we are a superpower are we not? As the Marines always say, “We go anywhere we want”.

Sep 15, 2012 7:27pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
2devine wrote:
nice foreigne policy obama, while getting our boys and girls killed. you’re weak and i’ve outgrown you a long time ago

Sep 15, 2012 7:31pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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