US commander apologises over Quran mistreatment

Orders full investigation into allegations that foreign troops burnt copies of the holy book.


Afp February 21, 2012

The US commander of Nato troops in Afghanistan apologised on Tuesday over reports that foreign troops had set fire to copies of the Holy Quran and ordered a full investigation into the allegations.

“When we learned of these actions, we immediately intervened and stopped them. The materials recovered will be properly handled by appropriate religious authorities,” General John Allen said in a statement.

“I offer my sincere apologies for any offence this may have caused, to the president of Afghanistan, the government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, and most importantly, to the noble people of Afghanistan.”

COMMENTS (39)

A R Khan Yusufzai | 9 years ago | Reply

An apology is simply not enough. This is not the first time they are degrading a scared religion. First they came up with rubbish on Facebook last year. Then came the Danish Newspapers with the silly cartoons. If that was not enough the US Pastor from Florida tried to fill the gap. Then the news came from Guantanamo Bay. In a series now comes this event. Even it incites me as a moderate & enlightened Muslim. Mere apology wont do. Bring all these perpetrators in front of the world.

Muhammad | 9 years ago | Reply

@some one: You believing that Quran is the ONLY book from God is your belief only. Your belief is not binding on the rest fo the world. To a person of a different faith, their book is the true book from God so making statements like "Quran is from God" and other books are man made is futile.

If Muslims follow a true God, why are they in such a deep mess!!!!

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