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YouTube video sparks violence

By Megan Brantley, mbrantley@wcyb.com
Published On: Sep 13 2012 04:24:36 PM CDT
JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. -

Four Americans were killed in an attack in Libya. U.S. Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens was one of them.

According to the doctor who treated the ambassador, he died of smoke inhalation.

Paul Kamolnick, a professor at ETSU, has been studying the events in the Middle East since 9/11. He tells News 5 he believes this attack stems from a YouTube video that went viral just recently, saying it was distasteful towards the Islamic community and gave smaller groups ammunition for an attack.

Kamolnick says he is still optimistic about the relationship between the U.S. and Libya. "I'm cautiously optimistic. Al Qaeda is finished; they are dead and gone," he said. "The fringe or the dead-enders have nowhere to go except to make some noise."

Komolnick told us that because of the revolution, Libya looks at the U.S. as a friendly force. He does not believe it was the government leading the attack.