Violent backlash against US foreign policy

American support for armed Islamic fringe groups in Libya and now Syria could yet blow up in the superpower's face, writes Raymond Barrett.

15th September, 2012
Protesters destroy an American flag pulled down from the US embassy in Cairo last Tuesday. Photo: Getty

The killing of the US ambassador to Libya coupled with an eruption of anti-American protests in Middle East capitals indicates that Washington has unleashed forces it cannot control by supporting revolutionaries across the region.

Ambassador Chris Stevens and three other Americans men died after a consulate in Libya's second city of Benghazi came under rocket and gun attack on Tuesday evening during a protest over a US-made film deemed insulting to the prophet Mohammed.


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