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Burning the Quran Could Endanger Troops - Gen Petraeus

(U.S. Air Force Photo By Staff Sgt. Bradley Lail) (Released)

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ISAF Commander, General David H. Petraeus, released the following statements regarding the recent plans by the Dove World Outreach Center to burn copies of the Quran:

"It could endanger troops and it could endanger the overall effort in Afghanistan. It is precisely the kind of action the Taliban uses and could cause significant problems. Not just here, but everywhere in the world we are engaged with the Islamic community."

"I am very concerned by the potential repercussions of the possible Koran burning. Even the rumor that it might take place has sparked demonstrations such as the one that took place in Kabul yesterday. Were the actual burning to take place, the safety of our soldiers and civilians would be put in jeopardy and accomplishment of the mission would be made more difficult."

"Images of the burning of a Koran would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan -- and around the world -- to inflame public opinion and incite violence. Such images could, in fact, be used as were the photos from Abu Gharyb. And this would, again, put our troopers and civilian in jeopardy and undermine our efforts to accomplish the critical mission here in Afghanistan."