Obama apologizes to Afghanistan's Karzai over Koran burning

By REUTERS
February 23, 2012 17:25

WASHINGTON - US President Barack Obama sent a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday apologizing for the burning of copies of the Koran at US military base in Afghanistan, the White House said.

"In the letter, delivered by Ambassador (Ryan) Crocker this afternoon in Kabul, the president also expressed our regret and apologies over the incident in which religious materials were unintentionally mishandled at Bagram Airbase ," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.

The burning of Korans at the Bagram airbase near Kabul has sparked fierce protests against US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

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