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Afghans protest over claim Koran desecrated
Reuters ^ | 21 Jan 2008 | Mirwais Afghan

Posted on 01/23/2008 5:13:38 AM PST by forkinsocket

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A group of Afghans protested on Monday against what they called the desecration of the Koran by British forces, the district governor said, although he and a British spokesman denied any desecration took place.

Numerous people describing themselves as demonstrators and residents also telephoned a Reuters reporter in the southern city of Kandahar to say some 600 people took part in the protest in Girishk district of neighbouring Helmand province.

Abdul Manaf, Girishk's district governor, said 150 people had demonstrated in the town, but that there had been no desecration of the holy book and Taliban fighters had spread false rumours to provoke a protest.

One self-described protester who introduced himself as Ghulam Mohammad said British soldiers knocked copies of the Muslim holy book out of the hands of villagers.

"The villagers told them that there were no Taliban hiding in the villages and swore by copies of the Koran they had in their hands," he said by telephone. "The British soldiers threw away the Koran and began searching the houses."

Chanting slogans against the Afghan government and foreign troops, the protesters will continue unless the culprits are punished, another man said.

British forces spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Simon Millar said a small protest had taken place, but there had been no desecration of the Koran. He added that there would be a shura, or tribal council, held on Tuesday to discuss the matter.

There was no way of independently confirming the conflicting reports of the desecration.

Bloody protests have sometimes been held across Afghanistan against alleged desecration of the Koran by U.S. soldiers in Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba where the U.S. military is holding hundreds of suspected militants.

Insurgents loyal to the hard-line Islamist Taliban movement are fighting a bitter guerrilla war mainly in the south and east. They have increasingly used suicide and roadside bombs in their campaign to oust the pro-Western Afghan government and eject more than 50,000 foreign troops from the country.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; angrymuslims; british; desecration; islam; koran
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1 posted on 01/23/2008 5:13:42 AM PST by forkinsocket
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To: forkinsocket

Who has the “Oh geez, not this #### again” picture?


2 posted on 01/23/2008 5:16:56 AM PST by piytar
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To: forkinsocket

So, what is it now? Somebody spilled some water over a copy?


3 posted on 01/23/2008 5:17:16 AM PST by Witch-king of Angmar
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To: forkinsocket
These people are no better than cave men. Why don't they ever throw a fit over Saudi Arabia destroying every koran they find that is not printed in SA?

In this case, natural selection has failed.

4 posted on 01/23/2008 5:18:28 AM PST by teenyelliott (Soylent green should be made outta liberals...)
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To: forkinsocket

Somebody should knock that cursed death manual out of their hands.


5 posted on 01/23/2008 5:18:36 AM PST by doodad
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To: forkinsocket
"Numerous people describing themselves as demonstrators and residents also telephoned a Reuters reporter in the southern city of Kandahar to say some 600 people took part in the protest in Girishk district of neighbouring Helmand province."

How many people in this part of the world have telephones? And how many of those people have the number to Reuters' local office? Weird.

6 posted on 01/23/2008 5:25:14 AM PST by phrogphlyer
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To: Witch-king of Angmar
Okay all of you should know the drill by now.

All of you on your knees before the 'noble savages' so you can beg them forgiveness.

Once again remind these reprobates that America respects all religious beliefs... even those that call for our own enslavement and death.

And if that doesn't work then offer to throw another one of our own into the volcano of Islamic rage in order to once again appease our Islamic overlords.

An American Expat in Southeast Asia

7 posted on 01/23/2008 5:26:10 AM PST by expatguy (Support Conservative Blogging - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: forkinsocket

“The villagers told them that there were no Taliban hiding in the villages and swore by copies of the Koran they had in their hands,” he said by telephone. “The British soldiers threw away the Koran and began searching the houses.”

Only questions I have...
1. Did the Brits find any taliban hiding in the houses?
2. Did those “honest” moslems place their hands on the ‘holy” koran and LIE?


8 posted on 01/23/2008 5:36:01 AM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: phrogphlyer
A few oldies but goodies

Words Don't Kill People, People Kill People

An Anatomy of Islamic Outrage

Submission of the Infidels

The solution my FRiend is to tell them to get bent.

9 posted on 01/23/2008 5:39:02 AM PST by expatguy (Support Conservative Blogging - "An American Expat in Southeast Asia")
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To: forkinsocket
The muzzies know just who to call and just what to say to get their liberal appeasers and enablers shaking in their boots and calling for the soldiers heads. They have figured out how to use the political correctness thrust upon us by the Clinton's to their advantage. Personally I’d like to throw a koran in a coffee can full of bacon grease.
10 posted on 01/23/2008 5:39:10 AM PST by skimask (Support Terrorism......Vote Democratic)
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To: kalee

A Muslim is allowed to lie to an infidel. A Muslim is REQUIRED to lie to an infidel if telling the truth would put a fellow Muslim at risk


11 posted on 01/23/2008 5:42:33 AM PST by PapaBear3625
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To: forkinsocket

Baaaah! You ruined my book!


12 posted on 01/23/2008 5:44:09 AM PST by Piquaboy (22 year veteran of the Army, Air Force and Navy, Pray for all our military .)
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To: PapaBear3625

I know that, didn’t add obvious sarc tag to question 2. I really want the answer to question #1. The howling tells me the Brits found something or someone.


13 posted on 01/23/2008 5:53:13 AM PST by kalee (The offenses we give, we write in the dust; Those we take, we write in marble. JHuett)
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To: phrogphlyer

I noticed that too. The Taliban must have Reuters on speed-dial!


14 posted on 01/23/2008 5:58:46 AM PST by MDspinboyredux
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To: forkinsocket

“Please don’t squeeze the Charmin!”


15 posted on 01/23/2008 9:02:54 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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