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Anti-American
protests are spreading through the Muslim world as part of the outrage at the
anti-Islam film, “Innocence of Muslims” — although there is some indication
that some of the attacks were coordinated to coincide with the anniversary of
9/11. They have now reached Afghanistan, where this man burns the U.S. flag in
Ghanikhel district of Nangarhar province, east of Kabul

The White House asked YouTube on Tuesday to review an
anti-Muslim film posted to the site that has been blamed for igniting the
violent protests this week in the Middle East.
Tommy Vietor, spokesman for the National Security Council,
said the White House has “reached out to YouTube to call the video to their
attention and ask them to review whether it violates their terms of use.” 
However, the video remained on the site as of Friday
afternoon, and it is posted many other places on the Internet.

Messages to YouTube, and Google, which owns the site, were
not immediately returned Friday. On Wednesday, a YouTube spokesperson said the
video “is clearly within our guidelines and so will stay on YouTube.”
The spokesperson added, however, that the site restricted
access in Libya and Egypt because of the unrest. “We work hard to create a
community everyone can enjoy and which also enables people to express different
opinions. This can be a challenge because what’s OK in one country can be
offensive elsewhere,” the spokesperson said.
The video, a trailer for what the promoters say is
full-length film produced in the United States, has been cited as a cause for
the some of the violent unrest in several Middle Eastern countries, including
Egypt and Yemen. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Friday that
investigators have no evidence that the protests were caused by anything other
than the video.
“It is in response to a video, a film, that we have judged
to be reprehensible and disgusting,” Carney said. “That in no way justifies any
violent reaction to it, but this is not a case of protest directed at the
United States writ large or at U.S. policy. This is in response to a video that
is offensive and — to Muslims. Again, this is not in any way justifying
violence. And we’ve spoken very clearly out against that and condemned it. 
And
the president is making sure in his conversations with leaders around the
region that they are committed, as hosts to diplomatic facilities, that — to
protect both personnel and buildings and other facilities that are part of the
U.S. representation in those countries.”

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