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Innocence of Muslims Controversy

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The West was taken by surprise when, on September 11, 2012, protesters overran the American embassy in Cairo out of anger over against an obscure YouTube video titled Innocence of Muslims, which vilified Islam and denigrated the Prophet Muhammad. Protests spread to other Muslim countries as many Muslims held the United States accountable for the video since it was produced by a man residing in the country; the US government denounced the flagrantly provocative video but insisted it was protected by the right to freedom of expression.
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