February 21st, 2012
09:30 AM ET

Coalition: Quran burning at Afghan base "a mistake"

Some Qurans and other Islamic religious materials gathered for disposal from a detention facility at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan were improperly burned, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force said Tuesday.

"This was not a decision that was made because they were religious materials," Gen. John Allen said. "It was not a decision that was made with respect to the faith of Islam. It was a mistake. It was an error. The moment we found out about it, we immediately stopped and we intervened."

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the airfield Tuesday, furious over reports of the burning.

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  1. Greek American

    Hamsta drags everyone into everything in his useless comments anyway. Typical close-minded hardline Republican Tea Bagger!!! Hamsta wake up!!! You are the reason people all over the world hate our country. Take your Tea Bag one-sided brainwashed GOP mind and try to open it beyond the GOP hick town that you live in.

    February 21, 2012 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    lmao @ Greek American, well you just go with your bad self! Well said btw!

    February 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Deborah Evans

    I just want you to stop and think, how would we recieve someone burning our Bibles?

    February 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Harry Kuheim

      Bible Burning will be featured at this Spring and Summer's OWS Riots since any GOP Candidate will be mocked endlessly for being a Christian...a few Flags will go up too...but that alone won't get you on TV News anymore.

      March 9, 2012 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Muneef

    They should have called Muslims to deal with it and dispose of it...otherwise should have packed it up and given it as a gift to mosques or religious schools to make use of it...!? Any way who would believe it was a mistake when in the USA openly they burn them or feed them to pigs to insult Muslims...who would believe the mistake story now...?

    February 28, 2012 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Muneef

    Forget about the book for a moment, what about mass murder, gross violation of human rights, illegal invasion, occupation and pillage.. is the USA allowed to do that?

    February 28, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply

    Speaking about atheists harassment reaching Muslims door step... It is said to be ok but Muslims are required not to retaliate in violence otherwise they are the criminal one's ...! That is because the consti-tution and amendments of the US said so....!?

    February 28, 2012 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |

    February 28, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Harry Kuheim

    The "Mistake" was assuming that Afghans were capable of living in the 21st Century in the first place.

    March 9, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
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