Christian pastor plans to go ahead with Koran burning

GAINESVILLE, Florida — A Christian minister said Tuesday that he will go ahead with plans to burn copies of the Koran this weekend to protest the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks despite a warning from the top US general in Afghanistan that doing so would endanger American troops.
Pastor Terry Jones of the Dove World Outreach Center said he understands Gen. David Petraeus' concerns, but plans to go forward with the burning this Saturday, the ninth anniversary of the attacks.
He left the door open to change his mind, however, saying that he is still praying about his decision.
Petraeus warned Tuesday in an e-mail to The Associated Press that "images of the burning of a Koran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan — and around the world — to inflame public opinion and incite violence."