Clinton vows to protect U.S. missions worldwide amid anti-U.S. sentiments
Washington, United States (4E) – In the wake of attacks on American consulates in Muslim-dominated nations, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday announced to take “aggressive steps” to protect its diplomatic missions around the world.
Speaking to reporters at a press conference, Clinton said that Washington is not yet sure on whether an attack on its ambassador to Libya that killed him in Benghazi with three others was planned or imminent.
“We had no actionable intelligence. Hence, we are taking aggressive steps to protect our staffs in embassies and consulates worldwide,” Clinton said.
Her comments came after talks with Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa amid anti-U.S. march across South Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.
She further said that the U.S. is “reviewing security posture at every post and augmenting it where necessary.”
Meanwhile, fresh violence over the anti-Islamic video was reported in Afghan capital Kabul where an Afghan insurgent group Hezb-i-Islami’s female suicide bomber killed 14 people, including 10 foreigners, on Tuesday. The victims were working under the United States government.
The U.S. had released an anti-Islamic movie insulting the Prophet Muhammad and Islam on the eve of September 11, sparking widespread protests in the Muslim states across the world.
In Los Angeles, the family of filmmaker of anti-Islamic movie titled “Innocence of Muslims” went in hiding. Producer Nakoula Basseley Nakoula, 55, is already in hiding since last Saturday after a parole officer questioned him. According to local reports, the Los Angeles County sheriff’s department officers moved him along with four of his family members from his residence to an undisclosed localtion.