The U.S. embassy in Cairo called
out the Muslim Brotherhood on Twitter over differences between
English and Arabic tweets about violent protests against an
anti-Islamic video.

The Muslim Brotherhood’s official English-language Twitter
account @Ikwanweb reposted a message from the group’s deputy
head, Khairat El-Shater, saying he was “relieved none of
@USembassycairo staff was hurt” and expressing his desire that
relations withstand the “turbulence” of events.

The U.S. Embassy in Cairo wrote back: “Thanks. By the way,
have you checked out your own Arabic feeds? I hope you know we
read those too,” referring to the contradiction between the
Brotherhood’s Arabic and English postings.

The Brotherhood’s Arabic feed included messages that
praised the protests, such as “Egyptians revolt for the
Prophet’s victory in front of U.S. embassy.”

Muslim Brotherhood leaders have called for a nationwide
protest in Cairo tomorrow against an anti-Islamic video posted
on YouTube. The video, which ridicules the Islamic Prophet
Muhammad, also sparked demonstrations in Libya, Tunisia and

The Brotherhood replied: ‘’We understand you’re under a lot
of stress, but it will be more helpful if you point out exactly
the Arabic feed of concern.’’

The protests cast a new spotlight on U.S. relations with
Egypt, a recipient of $1.3 billion annually in military aid,
after the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak last year and the
election of President Mohamed Mursi, who came from the ranks of
the Muslim Brotherhood.

President Barack Obama, in an interview with Telemundo
yesterday, said the U.S. doesn’t consider Egypt an ally, “but
we don’t consider them an enemy.”

President Obama called the leaders of Egypt and Libya to
request help in securing American diplomatic offices after a
U.S. ambassador and three embassy personnel were killed in an
attack on a diplomatic mission in Libya.

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