The Obama administration has order the evacuation of government personnel from Tunisia and Sudan amidst ongoing unrest throughout Muslim countries over an amateur, U.S.-made anti-Islam film. Global protests continued over the weekend as anger to more than 20 countries after initially kicking off in Egypt and Libya last week. The United States says it is withdrawing diplomatic officials from Sudan and Tunisia as a precaution, not due to any actionable intelligence. The order in Sudan came after the Sudanese government rejected a U.S. effort to deploy a Marine unit to protect the U.S. embassy in Khartoum. The Libyan government says it has made more than 50 arrests in connection with the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi that killed U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three staffers. After pressure from the United States, Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has also made arrests and cleared protesters from Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
On Friday, the bodies of the four Americans killed in Libya were returned to the United States at Andrews Air Force Base outside of Washington, D.C. At a memorial service, President Obama paid tribute to their lives and vowed to bring justice to their killers.
President Obama: "To you, their families and colleagues, to all Americans, know this: Their sacrifice will never be forgotten. We will bring to justice those who took them from us. We will stand fast against the violence on our diplomatic missions. We will continue to do everything in our power to protect Americans serving overseas, whether that means increasing security at our diplomatic posts, working with host countries which have an obligation to provide security, and making it clear that justice will come to those who harm Americans."