Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fatal Burning the U.S. Is Hurt by Mishandling of the Quran

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Fatal Burning the U.S. Is Hurt by Mishandling of the Quran

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How is it possible after wars of 11 years in Afghanistan and eight years in Iraq, both Muslim countries, that a handful of U.S. troops could be so insensitive as to put Qurans in the burn pit at Bagram Air Force Base?

The fact that they did has set off rioting across Afghanistan that led to the deaths of two American soldiers. The commander of U.S. and NATO forces there, Gen. John R. Allen, apologized for the acts at the base in Afghanistan and said that the religious texts had been sent by mistake to be incinerated. When someone realized what was being burned, they stopped and retrieved what was left, Gen. Allen said. He promised a full investigation and said it will never happen again.

On Thursday, President Barack Obama apologized, saying, "The error was inadvertent." But the rioting and demonstrations continue, with at least six Afghans killed and 55 wounded.

U.S. warfare in Afghanistan and Iraq has been marked by cultural and other atrocities by American forces, making the political side of the wars more difficult. …

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