Officials Hope Friday Prayers Do Not Include More Koran Burning Backlash

On its site, the Taliban had urged Afghan security forces to “turn their guns on the foreign infidel invaders.” It seems to be working, in an apparent backlash over the recent burning of Korans at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, an Afghan solider turned his gun on his allies, shooting and killing two U.S. troops and injured four others.

The attack occurred the eastern Ningarhar province, along the border with Pakistan, but was not the only violence that resulted from the accidental destruction of Islamic religious material. There were many bloody protests over the incident.

In addition Afghanistan’s President Hamid Karzai who had earlier said a U.S. officer “ignorantly” burned copies of the Koran, now wants NATO to put on public trial those who burned copies of the Koran, and publically punish the perpetrators.

Consider that there have been numerous violent anti-U.S. protests in Afghanistan, since US military personnel accidentally “improperly disposed” of religious materials, including Koran’s (Muslim holy books), at Bagram airfield, but security officials are deeply concerned what may occur after Friday prayers, because Friday is the holy day in the Muslim week, a day that protests are typically much larger. This is because thousands of Muslim faithful gather at Mosques and as the men flood out of mosques they often converge in cities and towns in protest.

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