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February 25, 2012
Afghanistan protests: NATO recalls personnel at Kabul-based ministries
After five days of intense protesting across Afghanistan, NATO has recalled all personnel working in its Kabul ministries. The move comes on the heels of reports that two U.S. officials — allegedly one colonel and one major — were shot and killed at the Afghan Interior Ministry building this morning. A NATO spokeswoman would not confirm the rankings of the two servicemen, but did confirm that they were killed by someone who turned a weapon on them. She declined to comment when asked if the killer was a member of the Afghan military or police force. In an emailed statement to the press, the Afghan Taliban claimed credit for the killings, saying they were in retaliation for the burning of Korans at Bagram Air Base earlier this week. (image courtesy of Reuters/Ahmad Masood) source
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After five days of intense protesting across Afghanistan, NATO has recalled all personnel working in its Kabul ministries. The move comes on the heels of reports that two U.S. officials — allegedly one colonel and one major — were shot and killed at the Afghan Interior Ministry building this morning. A NATO spokeswoman would not confirm the rankings of the two servicemen, but did confirm that they were killed by someone who turned a weapon on them. She declined to comment when asked if the killer was a member of the Afghan military or police force. In an emailed statement to the press, the Afghan Taliban claimed credit for the killings, saying they were in retaliation for the burning of Korans at Bagram Air Base earlier this week. (image courtesy of Reuters/Ahmad Masood) source

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12:32 // 2 years ago
February 23, 2012
I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident. I extend to you and the Afghan people my sincere apologies. … The error was inadvertent. I assure you that we will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding accountable those responsible.
President Obama • Apologizing to Afghan president Hamid Karzai about the Koran-burning incident earlier this week, which has sparked widespread demonstration in the country and led to the deaths of at least eight people — the most recent of which happened when a man, wearing an Afghan Army uniform, opened fire on two coalition soldiers, killing them. This is not going to be an easy one for coalition forces to get past.
10:10 // 2 years ago
February 21, 2012
Hey NATO: Do not burn Korans or make others think you’re burning them
Advice of the day: Disposing of Korans should be done with the utmost care. Especially if you’re NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and you’re in Afghanistan. And apologize quickly if you do not follow these common sense standards, like so: “ISAF personnel at Bagram Air Base improperly disposed of a large number of Islamic religious materials which included Korans,” said Gen. John R. Allen. “When we learned of these actions, we immediately intervened and stopped them. The materials recovered will be properly handled by appropriate religious authorities.” There are photos of burned/damaged Korans floating around the wires. There are some here, but note we’re only linking this. (photo by Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images)

Hey NATO: Do not burn Korans or make others think you’re burning them

Advice of the day: Disposing of Korans should be done with the utmost care. Especially if you’re NATO’s International Security Assistance Force and you’re in Afghanistan. And apologize quickly if you do not follow these common sense standards, like so: “ISAF personnel at Bagram Air Base improperly disposed of a large number of Islamic religious materials which included Korans,” said Gen. John R. Allen. “When we learned of these actions, we immediately intervened and stopped them. The materials recovered will be properly handled by appropriate religious authorities.” There are photos of burned/damaged Korans floating around the wires. There are some here, but note we’re only linking this. (photo by Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images)

10:04 // 2 years ago
April 1, 2011
Koran-burning Terry Jones linked to Afghanistan killings
Thoughts on placing blame: Eleven people, among them U.N. officials, were killed in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif today. ABC News reports the killings occurred after a crowd of people protesting Pastor Terry Jones were informed of his completed Koran burnings. To be clear, what Terry Jones did in burning the Koran was at best a crass publicity stunt and at worse bigoted antagonism, and before he did it U.S. military figures warned of possible violent outcomes. He bears a responsibility for his actions, actions which in the strictest literal sense seem to have caused horrific destruction. It should be said, though, that burning a book in almost any definition of civil society can’t be grounds for murder, no matter your affinity for the words printed inside. Keeping this in perspective is important in an honest, nuanced debate on these issues. source
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Thoughts on placing blame: Eleven people, among them U.N. officials, were killed in the Afghan city of Mazar-i-Sharif today. ABC News reports the killings occurred after a crowd of people protesting Pastor Terry Jones were informed of his completed Koran burnings. To be clear, what Terry Jones did in burning the Koran was at best a crass publicity stunt and at worse bigoted antagonism, and before he did it U.S. military figures warned of possible violent outcomes. He bears a responsibility for his actions, actions which in the strictest literal sense seem to have caused horrific destruction. It should be said, though, that burning a book in almost any definition of civil society can’t be grounds for murder, no matter your affinity for the words printed inside. Keeping this in perspective is important in an honest, nuanced debate on these issues. source

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18:26 // 3 years ago
March 23, 2011
pantslessprogressive:

Remember Florida’s once prominent Islamophobe, pastor Terry Jones? Remember how he tried to declare an International Burn a Koran Day and ultimately backed down? On Sunday, he went through with it.
From The Independent:

A fundamentalist pastor who drew international attention to his tiny Florida church by threatening to mark the anniversary of 9/11 by burning copies of the Koran has finally followed through on his promise, several months late and with only a small handful of parishioners in attendance.
Terry Jones oversaw the torching of a copy of the Muslim holy book on Sunday, after staging a mock “trial” in which it was found guilty of what he described as crimes against humanity. The “jury” in the case had heard arguments from a “prosecutor” and a “defender” of the Koran before sentencing it to “death by execution”. A copy was then put in a tray inside the Dove World Outreach Centre in Gainsville, where Mr Jones preaches, before being set alight.
Mr Jones said the event was a success and “a once-in-a-lifetime experience”, despite the fact that just 30 people had bothered to attend. American Muslim groups took the view that the best way to respond to Mr Jones and his headline-prone followers may be to ignore them. [read more]


The secret to causing an international scene: Waffle on whether or not you’re going to do it, wait until the cameras go away and do it then. Is the dude going to give back his car?

pantslessprogressive:

Remember Florida’s once prominent Islamophobe, pastor Terry Jones? Remember how he tried to declare an International Burn a Koran Day and ultimately backed down? On Sunday, he went through with it.

From The Independent:

A fundamentalist pastor who drew international attention to his tiny Florida church by threatening to mark the anniversary of 9/11 by burning copies of the Koran has finally followed through on his promise, several months late and with only a small handful of parishioners in attendance.

Terry Jones oversaw the torching of a copy of the Muslim holy book on Sunday, after staging a mock “trial” in which it was found guilty of what he described as crimes against humanity. The “jury” in the case had heard arguments from a “prosecutor” and a “defender” of the Koran before sentencing it to “death by execution”. A copy was then put in a tray inside the Dove World Outreach Centre in Gainsville, where Mr Jones preaches, before being set alight.

Mr Jones said the event was a success and “a once-in-a-lifetime experience”, despite the fact that just 30 people had bothered to attend. American Muslim groups took the view that the best way to respond to Mr Jones and his headline-prone followers may be to ignore them. [read more]

The secret to causing an international scene: Waffle on whether or not you’re going to do it, wait until the cameras go away and do it then. Is the dude going to give back his car?

(via pantslessprogressive)

22:15 // 3 years ago
December 12, 2010

Pastor Terry Jones bringing his Islamophobia across the pond?

  • infamy Terry Jones, the pastor who wanted to burn the Koran on 9/11 only to not do it because he thought he had brokered a deal with the “Ground Zero Mosque” folks in NYC (spoiler: he didn’t), is pretty much a laughingstock these days.
  • fandom Fortunately, Jones still has some supporters – in the U.K. He’ll be going to speak at a rally held by the English Defense League (which has nothing to do with soccer, BTW) in February. They’re pretty darn anti-Islamic, too, so he’ll fit right in. source
10:49 // 3 years ago
October 16, 2010

Terry Jones threatened to burn the Koran. His prize? A free car.

  • dumb Anti-Muslim Florida pastor Terry Jones sparked an annoying national controversy after threatening to burn the Koran on 9/11.
  • smart A New Jersey car dealership offered Jones a new car if Jones didn’t burn the Koran. Jones didn’t do it, but not for that reason.
  • dumb Weeks after the incident, Jones’ church called the car dealership to see if the deal was still valid. It was. And now Jones is getting a free car. source

» So, what did he get? Jones got a 2011 Hyundai Accent, valued at $13,600. Which in some ways makes us sick to our stomachs. This guy created one of the craziest trumped-up controversies of the past year, and he stands to benefit financially. Disgusting.

13:33 // 3 years ago