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Rumor of a ‘burnt Koran’ ignites Afghan protests

Afghans in Kabul carry effigy of President Obama in protests over allegations of desecration Of Koran by foreign troops (Photo by Majid/Getty Images) © 2009 Getty Images All rights reserved.

Despite investigation and denial by U.S.-led NATO forces of the mishandling of the Koran alleged to have occurred in Wardak province, hundreds of Kabul University students protested Sunday, burning an effigy of President Obama.

BBC’s Andrew North reminds us:

Four years ago, almost 20 people were killed after riots erupted in several Afghan cities following a US news magazine report that the Koran had been desecrated by American interrogators at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.

The magazine later withdrew its report, but by then the damage had been done.

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October 26, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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