Pentagon official apologizes for Quran burning

  • Fri Feb 24th 2012

A senior Pentagon official is apologizing to Washington-area Muslims for the burning of Qurans at a military base in Afghanistan.

Peter Lavoy, acting assistant secretary of defense for Asia and Pacific security affairs, says the military is investigating and that all troops are being retrained in the handling of religious materials.

Lavoy's remarks were Friday at a mosque in suburban Washington, D.C. They come after protests across Afghanistan over the burning of several Qurans at a U.S. military base. Military officials say 20 people have died in the protests, including two U.S. soldiers.

President Barack Obama has apologized for the burning, which authorities say was a mistake. But the protests continue.

The mosque's imam called on Muslims to respond peacefully and with tolerance.

AP

Related Articles


More News

The Most Popular Videos

  • Evening News, July 28, 2014

    Evening News, July 28, 2014

  • Weekly Report July 26 2014

    Weekly Report July 26 2014

  • Numbers call for Obama Impeachment

    Numbers call for Obama Impeachment

  • Experts: Operate with Logic, Not Fear

    Experts: Operate with Logic, Not Fear

  • Evening News, July 25, 2014

    Evening News, July 25, 2014

  • Late Show to Stay in New York City

    Late Show to Stay in New York City

Trending