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Thousands of Afghans Vent Fury Over Qur’an Burning, NATO Apologizes for ‘Error’


They’re angry because no Muslim has, in Islam’s 1400 year history, ever thrown out a Qur’an or any piece of paper containing a single written or printed verse from the Qur’an. That would be sacrilegious. An abomination. Downright Evil. In today’s other news, Muslims blow up men, women and children at a supermarket …

By Emma Graham-Harrison – “Nato forces have rushed to apologise for discarding and possibly burning copies of the Qur’an, as thousands of furious Afghans gathered to protest outside Bagram military airbase.

Some carried ancient hunting rifles and others used slingshots to pelt the outer walls of the airbase with stones for several hours, despite the bitter cold, shouting “down with America” and other slogans.

The crowd swelled to up to 3,000, and police stationed on roads leading to the base turned back other would-be protesters from further away, according to General Muhammad Akram Bekzad, Parwan province’s police chief. At least 12 civilians were injured by rubber bullets fired by coalition soldiersto control the protesters, said Haji Abdul Aziz, police chief for Bagram district. Nato-led forces confirmed that “some non-lethal munitions were used to help disperse the crowd.”

Any destruction of, or damage to, Islam’s holy book is a highly sensitive issue in Afghanistan that has sparked sometimes deadly riots in the past. As details of the apparent burning emerged, the top US and Nato general in Afghanistan apologised and promised an inquiry – seemingly to try to contain the spreading outrage.

‘I assure you … I promise you … this was NOT intentional in any way,’ General John Allen said in a statement addressed to the ‘noble people of Afghanistan’.

Copies of the Qur’an taken from prisoners at the airbase had been handed over for incineration late on Monday, and were spotted by Afghan workers, according to Afghan and western officials.” Read more.

Flashback: Iranian officials burn 300 Bibles, claim they are protecting youth – “Iranian authorities have seized 6,500 copies of the Bible in northwest of Iran. In another incident, officials burned 300 Bibles. A spokesman said the Bibles were confiscated to block missionaries who ‘are trying to deviate our youth.’ Dr. Majid Abhari, adviser to the social issues committee of the parliament in Iran, told the official Iranian news agency, Mehr, ‘With regard to the activities of these Christian missionaries to deceive people specially youngsters, they have begun a huge campaign by spending huge sums and false propaganda for deviating the public.’” Read more.

Flashback: Saudi Arabia Desecrates Hundreds of Bibles Annually – “The Saudi government burns and desecrates hundreds of bibles its security forces confiscate after raids on Christian expatriates worshiping privately or at border crossings. As a matter of official policy, the government either incinerates or dumps bibles, crosses and other Christian paraphernalia. Hundreds of Christian worshipers are arrested every year by Saudi police in raids on their private gatherings. Bibles, crosses and printed materials are confiscated and later burnt or dumped into trash. Bibles and other Christian paraphernalia found with travelers into the country are confiscated and destroyed.” Read more.

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