Obama apologizes for Koran burning in Afghanistan

The apology was apparently not accepted. An Afghan soldier turned his gun on his allies and killed two Americans. Reuters: President Barack Obama apologized on Thursday for the burning of copies of the Koran on a U.S. base in Afghanistan as the White House sought to quell spiraling furor among Afghans while also staving off Republican criticism at home. The burnings could make it even more difficult for U.S.-led NATO forces to win the hearts and minds of Afghans and bring the Taliban and Afghan government to the negotiating table ahead of the withdrawal of most foreign combat troops by the end of 2014. In a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Obama apologized over the incident in which Afghan workers found charred copies of the Muslim holy book on a military base near Kabul, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One. Carney said the incident, which has sparked angry protests against U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan and underscored the...(Read Full Post)