Report of Quran burning sparks protests at Afghan base
February 21st, 2012
06:41 AM ET

Report of Quran burning sparks protests at Afghan base

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the Baghram Airfield in Afghanistan on Tuesday, spurred by reports that soldiers had burned a copy of the Quran at the base.

NATO officials acknowledged that Islamic religious materials, including copies of the Quran, had been improperly disposed at the base, but could not definitely say whether any was burned.

"We think very little was disposed (of)," said Col. Gary Kolb. "We don't think any was burned because we were able to recover most of the materials."

The commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan quickly apologized and said he had launched an investigation.


- Newsdesk editor, The CNN Wire

Filed under: Afghanistan • Islam • Quran

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    September 9, 2012 at 2:02 am |

    From the Kill a commie for Christ file .I love how this group calls itelsf a world outreach. What better way to reach out to others than to desecrate what they consider sacred. Brilliant! Truly mental giants at work here!Remember the Danish cartoonists? So you know what's coming. There will be a revenge killing in Florida soon after a fatwah is issued by some cleric in a Muslim country.Jesus would be so proud.

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  9. Muneef

    Guess Pres.Obama should ask who's interest was to spark such a riot...knowingly that is inexcusable act for some pretending to bring peace in to the area...! If Taliban had shot individuals then such an act has shot a whole nation...!

    Any way as it seems this will be the beginning of the end for Foreign troops in Afghanistan since now it is becoming more like a Holy War were every one there will be glad to give his life and die as a martyr. For the sake of his religion & beliefs..!

    Who ever ordered the burning was either trying to speed up the withdrawals of the foreign troops from Afghanistan or some one who wanted the wars there to be heated up and extended heavily as with ((Wars means good business for some))...!

    It was intended to humiliate beliefs of those and all Muslims while to find excuse to commit mass murders of angry Afghan Muslims...! If that act was of the supposedly friends then who needs enemies...? Obviously those Afghan soliders will have no alternative now but to fight foreign troops rather than their own people who are angry out of a religious prospective and not politics...! What a shame...

    Surveillance of Muslims is only an introduced advanced precaution to an act of burning of Quran in Afghanistan which of course is not an insult or humiliation to Afghans only but to the whole Islamic nation...! Them lunatics do all such ignorant and arrogant acts and then complain that Muslims are being violent....?! just wonder who are behind all these plans bringing up Islamic rage to boil up...?!

    February 25, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
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    Seems to be the beginning of the end for Foreign troops in Afghanistan since now it is becoming more like a Holy war were every one there will be glad to give his life as a martyr...!
    Any way who ever ordered the burning was either trying to speed up the withdrawals of the foreign troops from Afghanistan or some one who wanted the wars there to be heated up and extended heavily... Wars means business for some...!

    February 25, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  11. Andreas Moser

    I applaud the Afghans for the protests against the burning of the Quran. They have learnt an important lesson of history: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2012/02/24/book-burnings-here-and-there/ – Never again!

    February 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  12. kimber

    Two wrongs don't make a right! To take a persons life over burning a defaced book sounds as if the people involved actually found something! As for the individuals that want to commend these people for protecting a book! Give me a break these same people are the ones that won't let their women look at another man in passing or have we forgotten this? Or what about the cells that took all those lives on Sept. 11th. Oh but our President wants to appologize for what! So they can send inscripted messages through their holly quran. Let's think about this!!! I think human life is far more valuable than a BOOK!!!!

    February 24, 2012 at 12:38 am |
  13. viking

    From what I have read the incident was initiated by prisioners usning Qurans as note pads for passing messages. Where is the anger about defacing the Qurans????

    February 23, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
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