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September 21st, 2012
09:54 AM ET

Countries brace for anti-US demonstrations worldwide as questions raised on planning in Libya attack – Jamie Rubin weighs in

(CNN) - A peaceful protest in Lebanon and a violent one in Pakistan highlighted Friday demonstrations against a film and series of cartoons recently published in France mocking the Muslim Prophet Mohammed.

The United States and Germany closed some diplomatic facilities in expectation that protests could intensify after weekly prayer services Friday.

Since September 11, when protesters breached the U.S. Embassy in Cairo and a separate protest in Libya ended in the death of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans, Muslims have staged protests in more than 20 countries.

The protests have focused on the film "Innocence of Muslims," as well as cartoons published by the French magazine Charlie Hebdo, and heavy criticism of the United States and Western cultures for allowing what Muslims view as unacceptable smears against their faith.

This morning on "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien, Fmr. US Asst. Sec. of State Jamie Rubin addresses the disagreement between US, Libya officials on the planning of the US consulate attack, and weighs in on the PSA declaring US was not involved in anti-Islam film that inflamed protesters.

READ MORE: Pakistan protest against anti-Muslim film turns violent

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