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US military: soldier shot at Quran for practice
myway ^ | May 18, 2:11 PM (ET) | KIM GAMEL

Posted on 05/18/2008 12:58:54 PM PDT by rocksblues

BAGHDAD (AP) - An American soldier used a Quran, the Islamic holy book, for target practice in a predominantly Sunni area west of Baghdad, prompting an apology from the U.S. military, a spokesman said Sunday.

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Iraqi police found the bullet-riddled Quran with graffiti inside the cover on a small-arms range near a police station in Radwaniyah, a former insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad, U.S. military spokesman Col. Bill Buckner said in an e-mailed response to a query.

The shooting, which occurred May 9 and was discovered two days later, threatened to further strain relations between the Americans and Sunni allies who have joined forces with them against al-Qaida in Iraq in Radwaniyah and other areas.

The incident was first reported by CNN, which broadcast a ceremony at which the top American commander in Baghdad apologized to tribal leaders in Radwaniyah. The military confirmed the details in an e-mailed response to a query.

"I come before you here seeking your forgiveness," Maj. Gen. Jeffery Hammond was quoted as saying. "In the most humble manner I look in your eyes today and I say please forgive me and my soldiers."

The military statement called the incident "serious and deeply troubling" but stressed it was the result of one soldier's actions and "not representative of the professionalism of our soldiers or the respect they have for all faiths."

(Excerpt) Read more at apnews.myway.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; War on Terror
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Good God Almighty. PC in a war zone!
1 posted on 05/18/2008 12:58:57 PM PDT by rocksblues
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To: rocksblues

When will the US government be apologizing for funding “Piss Christ”?


2 posted on 05/18/2008 1:00:29 PM PDT by icwhatudo
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To: rocksblues

Well I don’t know about you, but I’m going to go blow up a synagogue for this blasphemy....


3 posted on 05/18/2008 1:02:33 PM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President!)
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To: rocksblues

tiny incident, apologies made. Isn’t it obvious the press WANTS moslems to start killing Americans over this?


4 posted on 05/18/2008 1:03:29 PM PDT by Williams
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To: rocksblues

The MSM’s going to have a field day with this one. They absolutely love a chance at getting the Islamo-nuts riled up against us.


5 posted on 05/18/2008 1:05:13 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: rocksblues

While this may be true why would somebody do this knowing that it would create a huge mess if found out? I don’t like the double standard any more than the next guy but don’t hand your enemy propaganda like this.


6 posted on 05/18/2008 1:06:31 PM PDT by chargers fan
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To: rocksblues

I wouldn’t go quite that far, I’d call it plain common sense.

There’s a bit of difference between using a Quran for target practice in Baghdad and doing so in your own backyard.

Like, duh? “Hearts and minds?”


7 posted on 05/18/2008 1:07:13 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: rocksblues

Gosh, what a terrible thing...oh the horror....how, er, um, uncivil or something like that....


8 posted on 05/18/2008 1:07:54 PM PDT by Regulator (Hope He Tore The Damn Thing to Shreds)
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To: Cementjungle

If people would quit posting this crap, it would die. The MSM is moving on. Let it die.


9 posted on 05/18/2008 1:08:22 PM PDT by Concho (IRS--Americas real terrorist organization.)
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To: rocksblues

There’s always one a-hole who screws up the good work of everyone else. Someone that brain-dead should be sent to a base in Siberia(on an exchange program with the Russians)or somewhere else where he can’t screw things up.


10 posted on 05/18/2008 1:09:46 PM PDT by MovementConservative (John Roberts and Sam Alito.... Thank you GWB)
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To: Cementjungle

The commander also read a letter of apology by the shooter, and another military official kissed a Quran and presented it to the tribal leaders, according to CNN.

maybe it IS time to leave.......I just puked.


11 posted on 05/18/2008 1:10:55 PM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68 (CALL CONGRESSCRITTERS TOLL-FREE @ 1-800-965-4701)
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To: rocksblues

You should see the koskids outrage over this one. Almost 700 posts defending the muzzie holy book and how shameful they are about being Americans. I wonder if B. Hussein Obamamama will have a few comments about this.


12 posted on 05/18/2008 1:14:54 PM PDT by skimask (Never argue with an idiot, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience)
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To: rocksblues

That soldier wasted some perfectly good toilet paper.


13 posted on 05/18/2008 1:15:42 PM PDT by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: rocksblues

Friend of mine, ex-military, collects Dem candidate posters and yard signs after elections are held and uses them for target practice.


14 posted on 05/18/2008 1:17:15 PM PDT by Veto! (Opinions freely dispensed as advice)
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To: rocksblues

God knows I’m not a Muslim lover, but this was a very, very stupid thing to do. Especially with the press breathing down our nexts, looking for every opportunity to make trouble and stir up Muslim rioters.


15 posted on 05/18/2008 1:18:56 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: skimask
I'll give you 3 guesses at how many posts there were when the "poor ancient downtrodden Palestinians" (since 1967) burned down the synagogues in Gaza when the Israelis were evicted by their own government?

You probably got it right 3 times ... Bupkes, zip, nada. They didn't even have a thread about it.

16 posted on 05/18/2008 1:20:20 PM PDT by sofaman (Moses dragged us through the desert for 40 years to bring us to the one place in the ME with no oil.)
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To: beethovenfan

That reminds me. I have to find another one. I used a page from mine every morning. Just because I can...


17 posted on 05/18/2008 1:26:33 PM PDT by chadwimc (Proud to be an infidel ! Allah fubar !!!)
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To: beethovenfan

Speaking of toilet paper, I can remember when some Palestinian gunmen occupied the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in 2002. These Palestinian gunmen used the Holy Bible as toilet paper during their occupation of the church.


18 posted on 05/18/2008 1:29:29 PM PDT by july4thfreedomfoundation (McCain......Obama......Hillary......in a nation of 300 million people, is this the best we can do?)
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To: rocksblues

The Muslim faith is conspicuously absent from our founding documents. Our leaders swear oaths with ther left hand placed upon the Holy Bible. The larger part of our citizenry has not the slightest clue with regard to history and could care less either way.

Have a nice day.


19 posted on 05/18/2008 1:30:28 PM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (Proud participant in "Operation Chaos")
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To: rocksblues

I hope the shooter didn’t disturb the parts of the Koran that call us pigs and apes that should be converted, taxed of killed. /s


20 posted on 05/18/2008 1:31:54 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (CHAOS)
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To: Tzimisce

I sure hope that was a sarcastic joke.


21 posted on 05/18/2008 1:34:14 PM PDT by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: rocksblues

if it was the Bible the media would be claiming “free speech”


22 posted on 05/18/2008 1:34:43 PM PDT by martinidon
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To: Williams

Sometimes, ah, let me change that, most of the times the main stream news sounds more like a bunch of gossipy trouble makers. You know there is such a thing as not blabbing every little incident. This kind of news only causes more division and doesn’t help anyone.


23 posted on 05/18/2008 1:37:08 PM PDT by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: july4thfreedomfoundation

Yeah they did, & most of the Eastern churches condemned Israel for the whole incident. The men responsible were deported & received by various countries instead of punished. Pathetic, huh?


24 posted on 05/18/2008 1:37:19 PM PDT by forkinsocket
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To: Fester Chugabrew
How much less could they care?


25 posted on 05/18/2008 1:37:31 PM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: MsLady

I didn’t see the sarcasm tag, either.

Maybe we should alert the FBI and BATF.


26 posted on 05/18/2008 1:44:21 PM PDT by abishai
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To: rocksblues

Tis a terrible thing, better to keep it and use it for toilet paper.


27 posted on 05/18/2008 1:53:28 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: rocksblues
The shooting ... threatened to further strain relations between the Americans and Sunni allies

Ooooooo! Not our beloved 'Sunni allies'! Frankly, I don't care if the Sunnis, the Lunnis, and the Munnis all take their camels and ride off a cliff. I've never seen a more presumptuous, arrogant bunch of savages in my life, or a people less deserving of the gift of American lives.

28 posted on 05/18/2008 2:07:00 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: rocksblues

This story can never be posted too many times. What happened again? Someone took a leak on a Korean?


30 posted on 05/18/2008 2:20:42 PM PDT by frankjr
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To: rocksblues

“An American soldier used a Quran, the Islamic holy book, for target practice in a predominantly Sunni area west of Baghdad”

MY GOD!!!! I am stuned! This is SERIES! The ONLY important question at this point can possibly be....How good was his grouping?


31 posted on 05/18/2008 2:20:48 PM PDT by Grunthor (Juan agrees with Ted Kennedy on Amnesty, Gore on GW & says Hillary'd be a good POTUS)
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To: rocksblues

That soldier is welcome to my home for dinner anytime. Geez. The media really likes to perpetrate the PC junk.


32 posted on 05/18/2008 2:24:09 PM PDT by austinaero
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To: IronJack

DING DING DING, We have a winner!


33 posted on 05/18/2008 2:25:04 PM PDT by Grunthor (Juan agrees with Ted Kennedy on Amnesty, Gore on GW & says Hillary'd be a good POTUS)
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To: rocksblues

US military: soldier shot at Quran for practice
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oops, reminds me that I forgot toilet paper when at the market today


35 posted on 05/18/2008 2:28:10 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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To: rocksblues

OMG!! Who give a RIP about this issue??


36 posted on 05/18/2008 2:30:47 PM PDT by Hunterb
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To: rocksblues
Interesting I never saw it mentioned in the late 1970's an organization was passing out Bible's at the college I was attending.

That afternoon, the priest who hung out at the college was going through the trash bins retrieving the Bibles that were thrown in them. He was a good and decent priest, and I think his heart was broken by what many of the students had done with those Bibles.

That story never even got into the school papers much less the local news.

37 posted on 05/18/2008 2:31:12 PM PDT by mware (mware...killer your threads)
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To: chargers fan; sinanju; Concho; MovementConservative; Cicero

They kill our soldiers without a thought. Some poor smuck says I have had enough. You all agree with the enemy!


38 posted on 05/18/2008 2:31:44 PM PDT by rocksblues (Folks we are in trouble, "Mark Levin" 03/26/08)
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To: Grunthor
How good was his grouping?

First thing that popped into my mind. ;-)

39 posted on 05/18/2008 2:35:24 PM PDT by doc1019 (I was taught to respect my elders, but it's getting harder to find one.)
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To: rocksblues

Unfortunately, our allies in Iraq are also Muslims, and we have to try to deal with them.

As I think I mentioned, I’m as hard on Islam as anyone, but this was a foolish and unnecessary thing to do, for a soldier in Iraq. When you’re in the military there are times when you have to keep your personal opinions to yourself.


41 posted on 05/18/2008 2:56:40 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Morgana

Good Job Morgana,
love it.


42 posted on 05/18/2008 2:58:06 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: bigheadfred

Has anyone ever burned the Koran on Youtube?


43 posted on 05/18/2008 3:16:04 PM PDT by lilycicero (Just wondering.)
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To: Cicero

No one believes it happened.


44 posted on 05/18/2008 3:22:10 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Cicero

We have no allies in Iraq. There are no Moderate Muslims.


45 posted on 05/18/2008 3:31:33 PM PDT by rocksblues (Folks we are in trouble, "Mark Levin" 03/26/08)
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To: rocksblues
American commanders then launched an inquiry that led to disciplinary action against the soldier, who has been removed from Iraq, Buckner said.

This soldier really screwed up. Instead of leaving it laying around, he should have burned it after he was finished with his target shooting.

46 posted on 05/18/2008 3:38:37 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner ("We must not forget that there is a war on and our troops are in the thick of it!"--Duncan Hunter)
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To: muawiyah

Well, that’s a whole other kettle of fish, if it was a faked incident.

Like the Koran flushed down the toilet.


47 posted on 05/18/2008 3:40:04 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: rocksblues

Well, I said “unfortunately.” Allies of convenience? We have had some pretty strange allies in the past, like Uncle Joe Stalin.


48 posted on 05/18/2008 3:41:32 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero
The thing is shooting a Koran for target practice is the sort of thing that might be titilating for an Iraqi, but not for an American ~ they have other things to shoot anyway.

The whole business of disrespecting a Koran is a piece with the worship of wooden idols. Mohammad burned the wooden idols at Mecca. Modern Moslems have brought it back but fashioned the wood pulp into Korans.

Still the same old idolotry. These people are such hypocrites.

49 posted on 05/18/2008 3:42:46 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Williams
tiny incident, apologies made. Isn’t it obvious the press WANTS moslems to start killing Americans over this?

Exactly. They trumpet this stuff far and wide in hopes that violence against Americans in Iraq or Afghanistan will ramp up.

The anti-American media makes me sick.

50 posted on 05/18/2008 3:42:53 PM PDT by Allegra (TEHRAN DELENDA EST)
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