Sunday, October 14, 2007

Here we go again...

US soldiers accused of Koran burning in Afghanistan.

THE US military said it would investigate claims that its soldiers had burnt a copy of the Koran in Afghanistan, as angry locals demanded action and threatened retaliation.

Allegations that troops tore up and burnt the Muslim holy book during a raid in the eastern province of Kunar yesterday led several hundred villagers to demonstrate the same day, blocking a main road for hours.

You have desecrated our religion,” resident Azim Khan told the US delegation.

“If the perpetrators do not apologise to Afghans and to all the Muslims of the world, and if they are not brought to justice and punished for what they have done, we will stand against you, you will see an uprising,” he said.

US Captain Jason Coughenour said the allegations would be treated seriously. “We respect your religion,” he said. “We will launch an investigation and find out who has burnt the Koran. If it has been done by an American, we will punish him.”

The US-led coalition yesterday confirmed the raid in which four men were arrested but denied that any religious articles were desecrated.

I pity poor Capt Coughenour having to deal with this bull shit.