Pentagon official apologizes for Quran burning
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.
- Video purports to show beheading of US journalist
- Greece to toughen penalties on hate speech
- Liberia doctors strike, UN warns of food shortages due to Ebola
- EU considers widening ban on Russian borrowing
- Saudi arrests 88 suspects in alleged al-Qaida cell
- Nicaragua calls off search for 4 missing miners
- US strike targets leader of al-Shabab
- Apple says celebrity photo breach targeted, not due to its systems
- MSF: Wealthy countries must send medical teams to halt Ebola
- Rebuilding Gaza will take 20 years, group says