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While Muslims around the world protest about Koran Being Flushed down toilet, Pentagon says will investigate
 


15 May 2005 at 11:22:45 AM
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Today - Protests spread beyond Afghanistan as U.S. officials appeal for calm, vow thorough probe at Guantanamo

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Muslims from the Mediterranean to the Pacific protested Friday over the reported desecration of the Quran by a U.S. soldier at Guantanamo Bay. In Afghanistan, where anti-American riots began three days ago, at least seven people were reported killed, doubling the death toll from the violence.

The upheaval kept the Bush administration on the defensive, with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice appealing for calm and repeating assurances that the U.S. military is carefully investigating the Guantanamo incident.
While the protests have not been massive, analysts fear the issue is damaging U.S. diplomatic efforts in the region. Violence in Afghanistan has disrupted what has been a virtual national consensus in support of the U.S. presence, raising the profile of America's militant opponents. Protests in Pakistan forced at least two U.S. consulates to close as a precaution.

To varying degrees, officials of the Pakistani, Indonesian and Saudi Arabian governments - all seen as essential to the U.S. war on terror - prodded Washington for action. Pakistani Foreign Minister Khurshid Kasuri called for severe punishment for any soldiers found to have desecrated the Quran - a crime that in Pakistan is punishable by death.

The uproar was ignited by a recent report in Newsweek magazine that U.S. troops had thrown a copy of the Quran into a toilet as part of their interrogation of Muslim prisoners. Prisoners released from Guantanamo and other U.S. military prisons also say soldiers abused the Quran to horrify or humiliate prisoners.

PhotoA Lebanese woman holds a copy of the Koran during a demonstration in downtown Beirut. Protests against the alleged desecration of the Koran at Guantanamo Bay engulfed the Islamic world.(AFP/Ramzi Haidar)
PhotoAn elderly Pakistani activist of the six-party Islamic alliance, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, chants anti-US slogans as he holds a poster which shows US soldiers wearing shoes in a mosque during a demonstration in Lahore.(AFP/Arif Ali)
PhotoPakistani activists of the six-party Islamic alliance, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal, chant anti-US slogans during a demonstration in Karachi. Protests against the alleged desecration of the Koran at Guantanamo Bay engulfed the Islamic world.(AFP/Aamir Qureshi)
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A young supporter of the Islamic Hamas movement holds a copy of the Koran during a rally in the northern Gaza Strip town of Jabalia. Protests against the alleged desecration of the Koran at Guantanamo Bay engulfed the Islamic world.(AFP/Mohammed Abed)


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