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Florida church’s plan to burn Koran could ‘harm’ US troops

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-09-07

The White House on Tuesday backed General David Petraeus (pictured) in opposing a Florida church's plan to burn copies of the Koran. The Afghan commander says the move could stoke anger in the Islamic world and put US troops in "harm's way".

AFP - The White House on Tuesday raised concern about a US church's plan to burn a Koran and backed its Afghan war commander's warning that it could put US troops at risk.
   
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs reiterated comments by top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus.
   
"It puts our troops in harm's way, any type of activity like that that puts our troops in harm's way would be a concern to this administration," Gibbs said.
   
Pastor Terry Jones, who heads the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville Florida, vowed to go ahead with the burning of a Koran on Saturday to mark the ninth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
   
He had given "serious" consideration to the concerns expressed by Petraeus, but said on Tuesday nevertheless "we have firmly made up our mind" to go ahead with the plan.
   
Jones said the Koran torching aimed "to remember those who were brutally murdered on September 11," and to send a warning "to the radical element of Islam."
 

Date created : 2010-09-07

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