Timeline: US reacts to Egypt, Libya attacks

By Stephanie Grimes | Posted - Sep. 12, 2012 at 2:37 p.m.



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CAIRO — Protesters angered over a film that ridiculed Islam's Prophet Muhammad fired gunshots and burned down the U.S. consulate in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi, killing one American diplomat, witnesses and the State Department said. In Egypt, protesters scaled the walls of the U.S. embassy in Cairo and replaced an American flag with an Islamic banner.

It was the first such assaults on U.S. diplomatic facilities in either country, at a time when both Libya and Egypt are struggling to overcome the turmoil following the ouster of their longtime leaders, Moammar Gadhafi and Hosni Mubarak in uprisings last year.

In the United States, politics and a series of miscommunications quickly became apparent as State Department officials and politicians reacted to both the events and the handling of the emergency.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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