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Why was the U.S. ambassador killed in Libya?

(People's Daily Online)

16:22, September 19, 2012

J. Christopher Stevens(People's Daily Online/Files photo)

An American film ridiculing Islam's Prophet Muhammad recently resulted in an anti-American protest outside the U.S. consulate in Libya's eastern city of Benghazi, which raised the curtain on a wave of anti-American protests sweeping across the Middle East and even the entire world. The protests spread to more than 20 countries in just a few days, including Australia and certain European countries, and turned violent in certain regions.

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A trailer of the anti-Islam film, Innocence of Muslims, was uploaded to YouTube as early as July, but did not receive much attention. A version dubbed into Arabic was posted on the same YouTube channel in early September and spread by Egyptian American blogger Morris Sadek. The Arabic version was copied and viewed tens of thousands of times more. Afterward, Sadek planned screenings of the film, and his ally announced plans to screen the trailer for the film on the night of Sept. 11 in an e-mail sent to the New York Times. The trailer sparked protests and violence around the Muslim world.

It remains unclear why Sadek made efforts to promote the film, and the cause of the death of J. Christopher Stevens, the U.S. ambassador to Libya, also remains unknown. A senior U.S. official said that the ambassador was missing almost immediately after the start of an intense attack, and his body was not located until Wednesday dawn, when he was found dead at a Benghazi hospital.

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