The State Department assigned a new chief of diplomatic affairs to the U.S. Embassy in Cairo on Friday, announcing the departure of current Ambassador Anne Patterson, who has served at the embassy during a the tumultuous past two years and has now been nominated to become assistant secretary of state for Near Eastern Affairs.
Egyptians have denounced President Obama and U.S. Ambassador Anne W. Patterson for supporting the now-ousted Muslim Brotherhood-led government, but now they are turning their fury against a diplomat who last served at the U.S. Embassy in Cairo 22 years ago.
As the hour grew late on the night of Sept. 14, the White House wanted to make one thing clear to the State Department and the CIA as the three collaborated on what would come to be known as the Benghazi "talking points," designed to be used by Congress and administration officials to explain what had happened three days earlier at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya.
A U.S. official says the State Department is ordering nonessential U.S. diplomats and the families of all American Embassy personnel to leave Egypt after the Egyptian military removed Morsi and in anticipation of potential violence.
John R. Bolton, a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, said the United States made a strategic error in pushing former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from power, and now must pay the consequences of a Muslim Brotherhood-backed government that isn't friendly to Western interests.
The U.S. Embassy in Cairo has extended its temporary closure through Tuesday because of anti-government demonstrations in Egypt's capital, officials said Monday on the embassy's Facebook page.
The United States is working to ensure its embassy and diplomats in Egypt are safe, President Obama said Saturday after one American was killed and opposition groups vowed millions would march on Cairo in an effort to oust Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.
A day after an American student from Maryland was killed during protests in Cairo, President Obama said Saturday his most urgent priority is protecting U.S. diplomatic posts in Egypt.
The Obama administration is warning Americans against all but essential travel to Egypt and moving to reduce the official U.S. presence in the country amid fears of widespread unrest.
An Islamic cleric was sentenced to 11 years in prison for burning a Bible outside the U.S. Embassy in Cairo during protests in September against an anti-Islam film.
The tragedy of Benghazi, where a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed, seemed a cut-and-dried story in the days after a mob attacked the State Department's mission in eastern Libya. Today, the public knows that those early administration pronouncements were false.
The party that swept into power on promises of transparency and accountability scrambled Wednesday to circle wagons in an extravagant attempt to protect administration officials, the White House and the woman many Democrats hope will be their next nominee for president.
The U.S. Embassy in Cairo has put a stop to its Twitter feed, after Egyptian authorities expressed dismay over the subject matter of a Jon Stewart monologue on "The Daily Show," which was linked in a tweet.