Report: Iranian commander advocates White House burning

February 26, 2012 13:48

A top Iranian military commander said Saturday that nothing but burning the White House could remedy the pain caused to Muslims by the burning of Korans at a US military base in Afghanistan, pan-Arab Al Arabiya news channel reported Sunday.

"The US has committed such an ugly act and burnt Korans because of the heavy slap it has been given by Islam,"  Basij (volunteer forces) Commander Brig.-Gen. Muhammad Reza Naqdi told Iran's semi-official Fars new agency, according to the Al Arabiya report.

US President Barack Obama sent a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday apologizing for the incident, which occurred last week, sparking angry protests against US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

“Their apology can be accepted only by hanging their commanders; hanging their commanders means an apology,” he was quoted as saying.

White House spokesman Tommy Vietor  said, "in the letter ... the president also expressed our regret and apologies over the incident in which religious materials were unintentionally mishandled at Bagram Airbase ."

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