Gen. Petraeus: Burning Koran endangers troops

KABUL, Afghanistan — Top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, Gen. David Petraeus,  warned Tuesday that an American church's threat to burn copies of the Muslim holy book the Koran could endanger US troops in the country and Americans worldwide.
"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," Petraeus said in an e-mail to The Associated Press.
His comments followed a protest Monday by hundreds of Afghans over the plans by Gainesville, Florida-based Dove World Outreach Center — an evangelical Christian church that espouses anti-Islam philosophy — to burn copies of the Koran on church grounds to mark the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in the United States that provoked the Afghan war.