Thousands Protest At U.S. Embassy in Yemen
Thousands of protesters angered by an anti-Islam film stormed the U-S Embassy compound in Sanaa, Yemen Thursday morning.
The protesters were on the grounds, but did not enter the office building. They earlier removed the embassy's sign on the outer wall and set tires ablaze, and once inside the compound, they brought down the U-S flag and burned it.
Yemen is home to al-Qaida's most active branch and the United States is the main foreign supporter of the Yemeni government's counterterrorism campaign. The government on Tuesday announced that al-Qaida's No. 2 leader in Yemen was killed in an apparent U.S. air strike, a major blow to the terror network.
Meanwhile, the White House says security is being stepped up at American missions around the world in the wake of Tuesday's attack on a U-S consulate in Libya and the mob attack on the U-S embassy in Egypt. The Libya attack killed four American diplomats.