Massive protests as US ‘inadvertently’ burn Korans in Afghanistan


AP/The Independent
February 21, 2012

More than 2,000 angry Afghans have gathered outside a US airbase to protest against the inadvertent burning of Korans and other Islamic religious materials.

… The protesters demanded to meet the country’s president over the issue and threatened to demonstrate again if their demand was not met.

US Gen John Allen, the top commander in Afghanistan, apologised and ordered an investigation into the incident, which he was “not intentional in any way.”

The incident stoked anti-foreign sentiment that already is on the rise after nearly a decade of war in Afghanistan and fuelled the arguments of Afghans who believe foreign troops are not respectful of their culture or Islamic religion.

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