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US commander says burning Qur'an may endanger troops

4 years ago September 07, 2010 Sep 7, 2010 Tuesday, September 07 2010 Tuesday, September 07, 2010 12:16:23 PM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

The leader of a small evangelical Christian church in Florida says he's taking seriously the warning
from the top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan, who says the church's planned burning of a Qur'an on the anniversary of 9/11 could endanger Americans worldwide.

But Terry Jones also defended the church's plans, saying, "It's very, very important that America wakes up."

Gen. David Petraeus expressed his concern today about Saturday's planned desecration of the Qur'an, meant to mark the anniversary of 9/11.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, Petraeus says "images of the burning of a Qur'an would undoubtedly be used by extremists in Afghanistan - and around the world - to inflame public opinion and incite violence."

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