US on High Alert as Mideast Violence Spreads

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U.S. diplomatic missions in the Middle East and North Africa are on high alert Friday as violence over an anti-Muslim film continues to spread.

Angry Muslim demonstrators in more than 10 countries, including nations like Jordan, Bangladesh, Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Tunisia, and even Israel, are now joining the anti-American protests.

Police in riot gear launched tear gas into a mob of protestors in Cairo, Egypt, to keep crowds away from the U.S. Embassy compound.

The new vigilance comes after a reportedly blunt conversation between President Obama and Egyptian President Mohammad Morsi.

"I don't think that we would consider them an ally, but we don't consider them an enemy," Obama said of the North African country.

The demonstrations are allegedly fueled by an amateur film called "Innocence of Muslims." Many Muslim protestors say the movie is blasphemous, denigrating Islam's Prophet Mohammad.

"My message is do not come here to us. Stop, stop disrespecting us," one irate demonstrator said.

Meanwhile in the United States, police and reporters surrounded the home of Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, the man who allegedly produced the film.

Police say the 55-year-old Egyptian Christian made and promoted the movie.

In Libya, the parliamentary president laid a wreath at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. The attack was apparently planned specifically for the anniversary of 9/11.

"Definitely it was a deliberate and pre-planned attacks in every sense of the word," Libyan Parliament President Yousef al-Magariaf said.

Some are questioning if the United States could have prevented the attacks beforehand.

A British newspaper quoted a senior diplomatic source as saying the U.S. State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs attacked the consulate in Benghazi and the embassy in Egypt. Still, no warnings were given for diplomats to go on high alert and lockdown.

The Obama administration denies those reports.

"We were not aware of any actionable intelligence indicating that an attack on the U.S. mission in Benghazi was planned or imminent," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

Meanwhile, the FBI warned Friday the anger over the anti-Muslim movie could spread to the United States.
    
An FBI bulletin said extremist groups in the United States may use the opportunity to "exploit anger over the film to advance their recruitment efforts."

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