8 dead as Afghans protest Koran desecration

“Protesters threw rocks and police shot back Friday as violent anti-U.S. protests spread to more Afghan cities, leaving at least eight people dead and threatening a security crisis for the government,” according to a story being carried in the Canadian press. The protests were prompted by reports that in their efforts to influence detainees, guards on several occasions placed a copy of the Koran on a toilet seat. In one case, they are said to have flushed it down the toilet. “Afghan officials suggested opponents of the country’s painstaking democratic rebirth were stirring up this week’s trouble, while the U.S. government appealed for calm and stressed that the desecration charge was being investigated by the Pentagon.”

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