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Karzai demands public trial for Quran burners

Afghanistan wants NATO to put on public trial those who burned copies of the Quran at a NATO base, President Hamid Karzai's office said Thursday, after a third day of bloody protests over the incident.

Timeline

Feb. 20

Copies of the Quran, the Muslim holy book, were burned in a pile of garbage at a sprawling U.S. military base north of Kabul. [Details]

Feb. 21

Thousands of Afghan people staged protest demonstration for second day on Wednesday over a report that U.S. soldiers burnt copies of the Muslim holy book Koran. [Details]
  Pentagon chief apologizes for alleged Quran burning. [Details]

Feb. 22

U.S. Embassy in Kabul on lockdown amid protests [Details]
  Afghan demonstrations over Quran burning leave 4 dead, wound 19. [Details]

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  • Afghans protest Koran burning at U.S. base

    Afghans protest Koran burning at U.S. base
  • Afghanistan children protest Koran burning

    Afghanistan children protest Koran burning
  • Afghans protest Koran burning

    Afghans protest Koran burning
  • Afghans protest Koran burning

    Afghans protest Koran burning

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Terry Jones: Florida pastor behind 'Burn a Koran Day'
Terry Jones: Florida pastor behind 'Burn a Koran Day'

Florida anti-Islamic pastor and politician Terry Jones supervised the burning of the Koran in March 2011. As a result, the charred Koran inspired a deadly attack and violent protests across Afghanistan.

Jones said he feels no responsibility for the violence sparked by his church's action, including the violent protest at a United Nations complex in Afghanistan that left at least 11 people dead - and 20 killed in weekend violence.

Backgrounders

The Quran
The Quran

The holy Quran (or Koran, literally meaning "the recitation"), is the central religious text of Islam, which Muslims consider the verbatim word of God (Arabic: Allah).

Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Afghanistan is an Islamic country. Islamic practices pervade all aspects of life. Islamic religious tradition and codes have an important role in personal conduct and dispute settlement.

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Do you think the burning of copies of the Quran on a US base in Afghanistan is intentional?
Yes. It's a provocation.
No. Must be accidental.