U.S. Denies Allegation That Troops Desecrated Quran | October 16, 2007 | AHN
The U.S. military on Monday denied all allegations linking them to a raid on Saturday on an Afghan home, in which villagers alleged that U.S. military troopers ripped the Muslim Holy Book and desecrated their Quran.
Khan said two Afghan officials were designated to investigate the villagers' accusations that soldiers ripped, knifed and burned a Quran during the raid, which sparked violent demonstration on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the U.S. commander who attended the meeting said they would punish anybody who defaced the holy book.
However, a spokesman for U.S.-led coalition Maj. Chris Belcher said Monday, the allegations had already been investigated were found to be baseless and there is no proof and evidence.
Belcher said, "We looked into it. There was no desecration of the Quran or any religious symbol by U.S. forces. Had a soldier desecrated it, we would take action."
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