23 Feb '12, 3pm

Obama expresses 'deep regret' over Koran burning

KABUL: US President Barack Obama sent Afghan President Hamid Karzai a letter of apology over the burning of copies of the Koran overseen by a US officer at a US military base, Karzai's office said Thursday. Obama said the incident was unintentional and pledged a full investigation, the president's office said, as fierce anti-US protests swept the nation in which at least 14 people have died, including two American soldiers. In Obama's letter, delivered by US Ambassador Ryan Crocker Thursday in Kabul, "the president also expressed our regret and apologies over the incident in which religious materials were unintentionally mishandled at Bagram Airbase," National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said in a White House statement. Kabul's office said Obama wrote in his letter that "I wish to express my deep regret for the reported incident." "I extend to you and the Afgha...

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