February 21st, 2012
06:17 AM ET

Kabul protest and apology over Quran disposal

By Barbara Starr at the Pentagon, Masoud Popalzai in Kabul and Sarah Jones in Atlanta

Qurans and other Islamic religious materials gathered for disposal from a detention facility at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan were inadvertently given to troops for burning, the commander of the International Security Assistance Force said Tuesday.

"This was not a decision that was made because they were religious materials," Gen. John Allen said. "It was not a decision that was made with respect to the faith of Islam. It was a mistake. It was an error. The moment we found out about it, we immediately stopped and we intervened."

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered outside the airfield Tuesday, furious over reports of the burning.Religious materials, including the Qurans, were gathered for disposal from the Parwan detention facility, Allen said. "Those materials were inadvertently given to troops for disposition, and that disposition was to burn the materials."

Authorities are still attempting to determine "if and/or how much got burned before the mistake was discovered," ISAF spokeswoman Lt. Lauren Rago said in an e-mail to CNN.

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soundoff (40 Responses)
  1. Tashia Wingerson


    March 6, 2021 at 2:13 pm | Reply
  2. ClarkClurn

    xi7h4 bubc2 wjfs

    February 28, 2021 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  3. bhigh

    Too bad only a few korans were burned, I want them all burned.

    February 23, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
  4. MyPictureOfMuhammad


    February 22, 2012 at 9:12 am | Reply
    • EbolaZaire

      Why aren't the Afghans rioting about all the innocent PEOPLE being burned, not to mention dismembered and killed, in their country by suicide bombers?

      February 22, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  5. Damo

    How in the world has news of this story fallen off CNN's front page? The riots are ongoing, countless hours of work trying to build up trust in this country has been utterly invalidated because a few people that lacked any sort of ability to think screwed up on a level that should have heads rolling. ONE lone pastor, unaffiliated with the military, burning ONE Quaran IN AMERICA a year ago resulted in people dying. And then this happens?

    Get this back on the front page, CNN.

    February 22, 2012 at 4:06 am | Reply
    • Iranacockuptheirass

      Burn the fucking book, it's nothing more than a piece of crap. Raghead idiocies. And you, you just shut your trap before I sock it up your.....

      February 22, 2012 at 4:33 am | Reply
      • FU

        Burn all the bible. I mean All regard what F religion U R

        February 22, 2012 at 10:28 am |
  6. The Rock

    Why apologize? I think we should have a weekly burning of that crappy book and then use the extras for toilet paper.

    February 22, 2012 at 1:31 am | Reply
  7. Smokey

    Someone screwed up bigtime on this one, that's for sure. Tough job pulling guard duty at Bagram or Kandahar this month.

    February 22, 2012 at 12:56 am | Reply
  8. John the Good Heart

    As a veteran and a patriot and a citizen of the most charitable nation in the history of the world, I have grown weary of apologizing to terrorist states. Since our current commander in chief is incapable of growing a set it is certainly time for change.

    February 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  9. Colonel Flagg

    Come Friday, I will be at my local theater, front and center, prick in hand.

    "Act of Valor"; it's what passes as porn for chickenhawks and phony patriots (nationalists)

    February 21, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Reply
    • Iranacockuptheirass

      you sound like corn pone to me sweetthang.

      February 22, 2012 at 4:35 am | Reply
  10. marty

    Where was the Afgan and Muslim Outrage when the Taliban (the Afgan Government) decided to destroy the giant Buddah statutes. Don't you think this reactions is a bit missplaced.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  11. to bad

    are you kidding me. the accidental burning of the sacred holy book, hahahaha of these terrorists and Pres Hussein Obama and his minions are on there knees swallowing appologizing to these thugs. What a joke this guy has made the United States

    February 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply
    • Lord Haw-Haw

      I can see that you were 'educated' in the States. You're lack of articulation is stunning. Is it Obama's fault that you're barely literate as well? You would make fine cannon-fodder, except that you may actually be too stupid for the army.

      February 21, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Reply
  12. ddo2jl

    I am a devout believer and burning a Bible neither alters nor impugns God's truth. Many representations of God and/or Jesus have been made in the past. This does not change anyone's respect or lack of it for God or Jesus.

    Doing anything with or to a Qu'ran, or making any physical representation of Mohammed or Allah are crimes punishable by death. Islamofascists have hijacked Islam and are bent on world domination. Any moderate Muslim will be slaughtered as will "infidels". Faith calls not for fractricide. Insanity demands it.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  13. Bart

    Americans really need to change their attitude. You are not cool.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  14. Bart

    Americans are so stupid and self centered on their Foreign Policy. If you didn't screw around with these countries in the first place (going back decades) these people wouldn't burn your flag to begin with. Idiots.

    February 21, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
  15. john237

    Why are we there for so long? It is time for Obama to take a deep breathe and stopped the illogical war continuing for more than a decade killings innocents on daily basis and spreading venom of anti-Islamism ideology of America and the Western world around the globe, more widely in the hearts and minds of 1.5 billion Muslims.

    February 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Reply
    • Buzzer

      You mean Taliban, Al Qaida, foreign terrorists and insurgents that snipe and/or plant IEDs that kill U.S./ISAF military servicemembers and civilian men, women and children? The vast majority of the public is smart enough to distinguish between deliberate attacks with the intent to kill vs inadvertent civilian casualities as a result of the above group of "innocents" as you call them deliberately hiding within the civilian population using them as human shields and/or propaganda tools when the civilians get caught in the "crossfire". You mean those "innnocents"?

      February 21, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Reply
      • Lord Haw-Haw

        Holy indoctrination, Bat-Man! You just gobble that shit up, don't you?

        Dance, puppet, dance.

        February 21, 2012 at 5:36 pm |
      • Buzzer

        Lord- Its kind of hard to me to be "indoctinated" when I have been directly involved in conducting operations in theater in addition to developing the ROE, SOPs and TTPs in said theater and know 1st hand exactly what really "goes down"...unlike yourself that get your information second hand from folks not involved in the operations on the ground...if you want to call me a "liar", so be it... I won't lose an ounce of sleep.

        February 21, 2012 at 7:01 pm |
      • Lord Haw-Haw

        Actually, I wasn't implying that you were lying, just misinformed. Well – it look's like I'm the one who's in need of some info re-evaluation. So, let's see;
        SOP – Standard Operating Procedure
        TTP – Tactics, Techniques & Procedures
        ROE – um, not sure about that one. I'm guessing though that it doesn't stand for 'Rate of Exchange' or 'Record of Employment'.

        February 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
      • Buzzer

        Lord- Rules Of Engagement...the primary set of directives developed by military planners pertaining to U.S. military servicemembers engaging the enemy and their inherent right to self-defense. Constantly evaluated and revised based on conditions on the ground.

        February 21, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
      • Maria

        while death suddenly loves as I... death like me does not like to wait...not too much of a shock actuhllyae won as expectedgood for himgood for Americatoo bad for usء"enjoy d weather:)"لا تتطنزين... الجو عندنا حلو :)(ناطرك تسافرين 🙂 )

        June 28, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  16. Mike

    I'm so tired of being represented by uncouth, crude morons overseas. They knew better. Everybody knows better. Respecting local culture should be part of their training. They couldn't just put them in storage? Can we go home now? I've never heard a logical believable reason for being there. Who will end these stupid wars for us? This is like having a child that goes around the neighborhood causing trouble. I just hope by next year I'm not making these same statements about Iran.

    February 21, 2012 at 11:06 am | Reply
    • Buzzer

      Hey Mike, in case you didn't realize it, you are "home"...cozy, safe and warm. Don't sit there on your @ss putting down the men and women that serve...you don't know the details of exactly why the error was made. If you don't like how you're being "represented" that I suggest you sign up and deploy...until then you're not "we", you're just a ungrateful and reactionary tool sitting behind a computer belly aching.

      February 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Reply
      • Bart

        Mike is right. Whats the point of being over there if your going to stir the pot more and make muslims pissed off more? Idiot foreign policy by idiots running the country, elected by idiots.

        February 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
      • Buzzer

        Do you know the relationship/policy between the U.S. military and its elected officials? Or do you just have an "thought" on you mind, go off on a tangent and blindly type crap onto you computer that has nothing to do with someone's specific retort to the previous statement? If you can't comprehend what I'm talking about, you just re-defined the definition of "idiot".

        February 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
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    thats on call 4, why will d soldies do such a tin, every body has rite to worship wat he or she wants.

    February 21, 2012 at 9:43 am | Reply
  18. harrison

    this is dumb americans need to stand up and stop sucking up to these people the people who destroyed our flags and killed thousands of americans we need to stop bowing down to them and stand up for our selves

    February 21, 2012 at 9:15 am | Reply
    • Lord Haw-Haw

      Yes – by invading them and killing them on their own soil. Sort of like what we've been doing for the last decade. As for "them" burning "our" flags, the bloody things probably aren't even made here in the first place.

      February 21, 2012 at 10:20 am | Reply
    • pamela

      agreed....boo whoooo for them

      February 21, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply

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