US government apparently trying to distance itself from anti-Islam video

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ISLAMABAD (AP) – The U.S. Embassy in Pakistan appears to be trying to undercut the anger being aimed against the United States as a result of an anti-Islam video.

Advertisements condemning that video have appeared today on Pakistani TV, and they carry the U.S. Embassy seal. In the ads, President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton are seen at press conferences where they denounced the video.

Clinton is heard saying of the video, “We absolutely reject its content and message.”

It’s not known if the ads are being run in other Muslim countries. The embassy isn’t commenting.

In an email later in the day today, the embassy sent out a link to a video on YouTube in which ordinary Americans condemn the anti-Islam film.

Despite the effort to quell the unrest over the video, protesters clashed with security officials in Pakistan’s capital today as a crowd of more than 2,000 people tried unsuccessfully to reach the U.S. Embassy. Riot police used tear gas and batons to keep them away.

There were demonstrations in other Pakistani cities today, but protests have tapered off in many other countries.

The State Department today warned U.S. citizens to put off any non-essential travel to Pakistan until further notice.

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