Today is not April 1. h/t Diana West
In a statement issued by the Pentagon, Panetta said NATO had ordered an investigation into the “deeply unfortunate” incident.
NATO’s top general in Afghanistan, General John Allen, apologized for “actions” at the base and said a new order had been given to all coalition forces in Afghanistan to take part in training in the proper handling of religious materials.
A senior U.S. official, speaking to Reuters on condition of anonymity, said staff at Bagram had decided to remove “extremist literature” and other materials left in a library in the base’s detention block.
“They (the materials) were taken out of the library for good reason but they were being disposed of in a bad way,” the official said.
“There was a breakdown in judgment in this matter but there was no breakdown in our respect for Islam,” the official added.
And therein lies the problem, doesn’t it? Bring them home, ban immigration of sharia-adherents from Afghanistan and start protecting our own borders.
Update: Religion of Peace has 7 killed already
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Interior Ministry on Wednesday said seven people were killed in clashes between Afghan security forces and protesters demonstrating against the burning of Muslim holy books at a NATO military base.
The anger over the Quran burning has sparked two days of protests across Afghanistan and tapped into anti-foreign sentiment fueled by a popular perception that foreign troops disrespect Afghan culture and Islam. The demonstrations prompted the U.S. to lock down its embassy and bar its staff from traveling.
The Afghan Interior Ministry said in a statement that clashes during a protest in the eastern province of Parwan left four people dead. It said an investigation was under way to determine what happened.
The other deaths occurred at a U.S. base outside Kabul, where security guards killed one person, and in Jalalabad and Logar province, the ministry said.
The demonstration in Kabul drew thousands of protesters, who chanted “Death to America,” hurled rocks and set tires alight outside a complex that is home to foreign contractors, police and some coalition military forces.
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