The recent incident of burning Korans and other Islamic religious materials at an American air-base called a lot of discontent from Afghanistan and the international community as well. So, what exactly is the reaction of Afghanistan to the U.S. troops humiliating actions? We will talk on this with Nikita Mendkovich, Expert with the Center for Contemporary Afghanistan Studies in Russia.
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7 people killed in demonstrations against Korans burning
Clashes between Afghan troops and protesters angry over the burning of Muslim holy books at a U.S. military base left at least 7 people dead and dozens wounded today as anger spread despite U.S. apologies over what it said was a mistake. Demonstrations across 4 Eastern provinces illustrate the intensity of Afghan’s anger at what they saw as foreign forces flouting their laws and insulting their culture. The unrest started on February 21st when Afghan workers at the main American military base Bagram Air field saw soldiers dumping books in a pit where garbage is burned and noticed Korans and other religious material among the trash. Here to talk more about the incident and the aftermath are Dean Ahmad, President of the Minaret of Freedom Institute, and Mikey Weinstein, Founder and President at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation.