Pentagon Official Apologizes for Koran Burning

By: From the AP
By: From the AP

STERLING, Va. (AP) -- A senior Pentagon official is apologizing to Washington-area Muslims for the burning of Qurans at a military base in Afghanistan.

Peter Lavoy, acting assistant secretary of defense for Asia and Pacific security affairs, says the military is investigating and that all troops are being retrained in the handling of religious materials.

Lavoy's remarks were Friday at a mosque in suburban Washington, D.C. They come after protests across Afghanistan over the burning of several Qurans at a U.S. military base. Military officials say 20 people have died in the protests, including two U.S. soldiers.

President Barack Obama has apologized for the burning, which authorities say was a mistake. But the protests continue.

The mosque's imam called on Muslims to respond peacefully and with tolerance.


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  • by Dave Location: Rockford on Feb 28, 2012 at 11:45 AM
    Give me 20 and Ill start a bon fire.
  • by car car Location: mp on Feb 27, 2012 at 09:55 AM
    a mistake....what the heck? It saddens me that we waste or money, troops, and time on this crap. Please tell me why this even occoured and not only did two of our service men lost lives but others in Iraq aswell. Very sad, to know this happened and shouldn't of in the first place. An Obama says he is sorry and the pentigon says the same...yeah oka.
  • by wtf Location: rockford on Feb 27, 2012 at 09:44 AM
    quit apologizing to these people. they hop heads off burn flags and do not tolerate any other religion. if they are so faithful that they are willing to lill someone over a cartoon, then why don't they protect their religion from the extremists that are making them all look so bad. Maybe because they refuse to evolve like like the most religions have and become more tolerant. i feel the extremists are no longer a minority but that the whole religion is extreme in every way.
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