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Afghan Clerics Deem US Quran Burning Unforgivable

Afghans shout anti-American slogans during an anti-U.S. protest in Ghani Khail, east of Kabul, Afghanistan over the burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base, February 24, 2012 file photo
Afghans shout anti-American slogans during an anti-U.S. protest in Ghani Khail, east of Kabul, Afghanistan over the burning of Qurans at a U.S. military base, February 24, 2012 file photo

Senior Afghan clerics have condemned the United States for the burning of Qurans at a NATO base last month, in a move that threatens to spark a new wave of outrage and violence.

The Ullema Council called the burning of the Muslim holy books at Bagram Air Base a "crime" and "inhumane."  It also said apologies by senior U.S. military officials and President Barack Obama would not be accepted and called for those responsible to be "publicly tried and punished."

The statement by the council was quoted Friday by the office of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who met with the clerics earlier this week.  Their comments follow days of violent protests that left at least 30 people dead.

Word that U.S. troops at Bagram had incinerated Qurans also sparked a series of deadly attacks on American service members.

Following the incident, the commander of the U.S.-led international coalition, U.S. General John Allen, in Afghanistan issued an apology and ordered an investigation.  However, just last week, thousands of Afghans poured onto the streets to protest following Friday prayers, many chanting "Death to America."

The incident also sparked protests in neighboring Pakistan.  

President Karzai appealed for calm following the initial wave of protests, saying citizens have the right to demonstrate but should not resort to violence.  

The Associated Press reports that the statement from the Ullema Council also called on the U.S. to end night raids and hand over its prisons in Afghanistan to Afghan control.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.

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by: hamad part 1 of 3
March 02, 2012 7:59 PM
Afghans have heavy fatigue of having US soldiers on their lands. It is so easy to disconnect the communication without burning. Your guys let them protect your borders . You should burn all the prison to cut the communication. What a silly lady! Nobody will hurt your guys or need to apology for anybody, if you did not poke your nose in other people whereas US debt reach 15 trillions . Enough despising the mind and blood of your beautiful guys . The problem is

by: tb
March 02, 2012 10:45 AM
If we are to start following other countries laws then they must follow ours. No more beating their women, no more political prisoners, no burning our flag, no more torture. What's good for us is good for them.

by: Children of GOD.
March 02, 2012 9:52 AM
If you won't forgive your neighbors GOD won't forgive you neither.

by: Rob Swift
March 02, 2012 8:10 AM
The way of the right hand of God (Gabriel) was to forgive. The way of the left hand of God (Michael) is not to forgive. It takes understanding. One went the way of the physician, the other goes the way of the warrior. Neither commits murder. Murder cannot be committed in the name of God because God is life.

by: kimmy
March 02, 2012 8:08 AM
So what does it matter they burn are flags all the time and you don't see us getting upset.Also because 2 people committed an act doesn't make a whole country bad.
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