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Posted: 10:39 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012

Libyan-Americans rally in Atlanta to support U.S.

By Judd Hickinbotham


Amid the recent violence in the Middle East, a group of Libyan-Americans gathered to show its support for the United States.

Participants say Saturday night's memorial ceremony, held outside Centennial Olympic Park, was a message of peace. Four people were killed in last week's attack at the U.S. Embassy in Benghazi, including Ambassador Chris Stevens.

There have been several other attacks on embassies in the Middle East since the violence in Libya.

"It's happened and it was an awful thing that happened," Nadia Mahmoud told Channel 2 Action News. "Now, it's like we've got to take control of our country."

Mahmoud says Stevens was loved by Libyans because he was an instrumental force in the ouster of Muamar Gaddafi.

"We are standing hand-in-hand with the American people against the terrorists all over the world," said Juma Khamis, President of the Libyan-American Association of Georgia.



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