Barack Obama apology to Afghanistan over Quran burning
By Ghanizada - Thu Feb 23 2012, 8:35 pm
US President Barack Obama following an official memo sent his apologies to Afghan president Hamid Karzai and Afghan people for the burning of Holy Quran in Bagram air base, and emphasized that the action was not taken intentionally.
According to a statement issued by Afghan Presidential Palace, president Obama’s Obama’s letter was brought by the US ambassador for Afghanistan Ryan Crocker to Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
Afghan officials said, US president Barack Obama assured president Hamid Karzai in his letter to launch a probe and emphasized that it was mistake.
President Barack Obama quoted by the Afghan Presidential Palace statement said, “I convey my deepest regret for the incident and apologize from yourself and the people of Afghanistan.”
A number of the local labors in the Bagram air base while throwing away the unnecessary documents out of the Bagram air base noted some texts and burnt parts of the Holy Quran.
The broadcast of the news led to a massive gathering of the Afghans near the Bagram air base and the angry protesters set blaze to an Afghan military base located near the Bagram air field.
The protests spreaded to the other parts of the country during the second day of the demonstrationwhere at least 6 people were killed.
Eastern Nangarhar province and a number of the other provinces witnessed some demonstrations by angry protesters during the third day of the protest.
According to local authorities in eastern Nangarhar province, angry protesters attacked a military base in this province where the security forces were forced to open fire.
Reports suggest at least 8 people including 2 NATO troops were killed during the third day of the demonstrations.
Afghan president Hamid Karzai condemning the desecration of the Holy Quran and urged the Afghan people to prevent further unrest.
However neither the remarks by Afghan president Hamid Karzai nor the apologies by NATO officials have been able to reduce the anger of the protesters.