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Saturday, 15 September 2012 - 8:32
Obama vows to "stand fast" as anti-US violence spreads
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President Barack Obama vowed on Friday to "stand fast" against spreading anti-US violence raging in the Arab world, as he mourned 4 Americans slain in Libya after their remains were flown home.

4 transfer caskets draped in American flags were slowly borne from the belly of a giant C-17 transport plane by slow-walking Marines in dress uniforms, and set down in a hangar for a heart-rending homecoming.

US ambassador Chris Stevens and the three other Americans died on Tuesday when a mob furious over an anti-Muslim film made on US soil, torched the American consulate in Benghazi, part of a region-wide eruption of violence.

Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends," Obama said, quoting the Bible as he honoured four "American patriots" who he said embodied national qualities of courage, hope and idealism.

 

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