(Image source: Los Angeles Times)

 

BY NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR BLAKE HANSON


Two NATO soldiers are dead after an apparent retaliation to the Quran-burning that started riots earlier in the week. It happened somewhere unexpected, says CNN


“ …two Americans were shot dead in the Interior Ministry here in Kabul. That should be one of the safest places for them, frankly, in the country.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility. Earlier this week, US-led forces at the Bagram Airfield tried to burn a truck filled with Islamic literature that included copies of the Quran. A report from Al Jazeera indicates the NATO soldiers’ killings required inside information.

“The two American service members were inside a room in the ministry's command and control complex used only by foreign advisers. The only Afghans with access to that area are translators, Afghan officials said.”

The mysterious shootings led NATO to pull its advisers out of Afghanistan Saturday, according to BBC News.

“Nato has withdrawn all its personnel from Afghan ministries … Nato commander Gen John Allen condemned the attack as ‘cowardly’. The shootings come amid five days of deadly protests over the burning of copies of the Koran by US soldiers.”

At least five more people died as protesters clashed with police. The New York Times reports …

“ … thousands of Afghans incensed by the American military’s burning of Korans once again took to the streets. … Chanting anti-American slogans calling for an end to NATO’s presence, the protesters also attacked offices of the Afghan government and the United Nations, leading to violent standoffs.”

President Obama apologized for the Quran-burning. A Fox News anchor asked one scholar if that was the right move. The scholar didn’t take issue with the apology, but he questioned whether the president went far enough.

“The Taliban have bombed mosques in which Qurans have been then burned, and so the president should have said, ‘This is the real problem in Afghanistan, and then gone on the offense.”

The Washington Post reports more than 25 Afghan protesters and four NATO soldiers have been killed since Thursday.

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Feb 25, 2012

Two American Officers Killed Inside Afghan Interior Ministry

(Image source: Los Angeles Times)

 

BY NATHAN BYRNE

ANCHOR BLAKE HANSON


Two NATO soldiers are dead after an apparent retaliation to the Quran-burning that started riots earlier in the week. It happened somewhere unexpected, says CNN


“ …two Americans were shot dead in the Interior Ministry here in Kabul. That should be one of the safest places for them, frankly, in the country.

The Taliban has claimed responsibility. Earlier this week, US-led forces at the Bagram Airfield tried to burn a truck filled with Islamic literature that included copies of the Quran. A report from Al Jazeera indicates the NATO soldiers’ killings required inside information.

“The two American service members were inside a room in the ministry's command and control complex used only by foreign advisers. The only Afghans with access to that area are translators, Afghan officials said.”

The mysterious shootings led NATO to pull its advisers out of Afghanistan Saturday, according to BBC News.

“Nato has withdrawn all its personnel from Afghan ministries … Nato commander Gen John Allen condemned the attack as ‘cowardly’. The shootings come amid five days of deadly protests over the burning of copies of the Koran by US soldiers.”

At least five more people died as protesters clashed with police. The New York Times reports …

“ … thousands of Afghans incensed by the American military’s burning of Korans once again took to the streets. … Chanting anti-American slogans calling for an end to NATO’s presence, the protesters also attacked offices of the Afghan government and the United Nations, leading to violent standoffs.”

President Obama apologized for the Quran-burning. A Fox News anchor asked one scholar if that was the right move. The scholar didn’t take issue with the apology, but he questioned whether the president went far enough.

“The Taliban have bombed mosques in which Qurans have been then burned, and so the president should have said, ‘This is the real problem in Afghanistan, and then gone on the offense.”

The Washington Post reports more than 25 Afghan protesters and four NATO soldiers have been killed since Thursday.

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