Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Karzai and Newsweek

Afgan President Hamid Karzai denies the Newsweek Koran desecration story prompted riots.

Speaking at a joint news conference with President Bush, President Karzai said:

“These demonstrations were in reality not related to the Newsweek story. They were more against progress in Afghanistan and our strategic partnership with America. We know the people who were behind the demonstrations.”
Since White House criticism of the Newsweek article, and Newsweek's retraction, the International Committee of the Red Cross has released reports showing the US acted on reports of Koran desecration. And Joint Chiefs Chairman, General Richard Myers has denied that the article caused any violence. (Financial Times)

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