Afghan protesters burn a US in Helmand province 390 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS/Abdul Malik)
A top Iranian military commander said Saturday that nothing but burning
the White House and hanging US commanders 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.
US has committed such an ugly act and burned 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.
“Their apology can be
accepted only by hanging their commanders; hanging their commanders
means an apology,” he was quoted as saying.
US President Barack
Obama sent a letter to Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday
apologizing for the incident, which occurred last week, and saying that
it wasn't intentional.
In a continuation of events, two American officers were killed as
rage gripped the country for a fifth straight day over the burning of
the Muslim holy book, despite Obama's apology.
Afghanistan's interior ministry said on
Sunday it suspects one of its employees may have killed the two US officers
inside the ministry a day earlier.
"An employee has been
identified as a suspect and he has now fled. The interior ministry is
trying to arrest the suspected individual," read a statement e-mailed to