Saturday, September 15, 2012


* Al Qaeda in Yemen urges Muslims to kill U.S. diplomats over film The Yemen-based branch of al Qaeda urged Muslims to step up protests and kill more U.S. diplomats in Muslim countries.

* US scrambles to rush spies, drones to Libya The U.S. is sending more spies, Marines and drones to Libya.

* The Video Didn't Do It It was bad enough, two years ago, that Defense Secretary Robert Gates called fringe Florida pastor Terry Jones to ask him not to burn copies of the Koran.

* State Department sets up 24-hour monitoring team for embassy crisis The State Department has gone into full-blown crisis mode.

* Al-Qaeda claims responsibility for killing US ambassador in attack on US consulate in Libya Al-Qaeda claimed responsibility on Saturday for Tuesday's attack on the US consulate in Benghazi.

* Pope says religious freedom is 'fundamental' for Mideast stability Pope Benedict XVI appealed Saturday for religious freedom in the Middle East.

* Muslim worshippers clash with police in East Jerusalem Hundreds of Muslim worshippers clashed with police after Friday prayers in East Jerusalem.

* Israel's window for action against Iran 'is getting much smaller,' says Ambassador Oren It's not easy being an ambassador in a high-profile posting when your home country and your host country are in the midst of a very public row over an acutely sensitive issue.

* Egypt's Christians anxious, anticipate strife Christians gathered Friday in front of a Cairo cathedral holding signs denouncing a film that mocked the Prophet Muhammad.

* Panetta: 'Little red lines' on Iran a political ploy Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is attempting to pin US President Barack Obama into a corner.