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Ehsannullah, 29, said American soldiers who initially questioned him in Kandahar before shipping him to Guantanamo hit him and taunted him by dumping the Koran in a toilet.
"It was a very bad situation for us," said Ehsannullah, who comes from the home region of the Taliban leader, Mohammad Omar. "We cried so much and shouted, 'Please do not do that to the Holy Koran.'"
Merza Khan, who had been captured in northern Afghanistan while fighting for the Taliban, said Americans in Kandahar tied him up and alternately forced him to lie face down on the ground, then squat with his hands on his head for hours. He also said he saw American soldiers throw the Koran on the ground and sit on it while in Kandahar
Originally posted by Xenersys
How can anyone "desecrate" anything that is in itself a desecration? The Koran is about as holy as Mad magazine..........
"We will not be deceived by this," Islamic cleric Mullah Sadullah Abu Aman told Reuters in the northern Afghan province of Badakhshan, referring to the magazine's retraction.
"This is a decision by America to save itself. It comes because of American pressure. Even an ordinary illiterate peasant understands this and won't accept it."
Originally posted by outsider
It's time for Newsweek join Dan Rather in retirement. I can't see how any advertiser would want to publicly associate itself with Newsweek any longer.
they are either guilty of lying in the first place or they are lying under pressure by retracting it.
I can't explain or understand why people would get so distraught by someone desecrating their holy book of life when they know there are millions of other copies.
WASHINGTON, May 16, 2005 – There's no evidence to support a recent Newsweek magazine article accusing U.S. personnel at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, of desecrating the Muslim holy book, the Koran, a senior Pentagon official noted.
"Newsweek's story about Koran desecration is demonstrably false, and there have thus far been no credible allegations of willful Koran desecration, and Newsweek has produced no such evidence," Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said today in response to media queries.
U.S. Department of Defense
If it would have been a copy of the Bible it would have been called Art and the jailers would have got Federal Arts Endowment bonuses in their paychecks.
Originally posted by Djarums
I just wonder how people believe that the government would exert sufficient pressure on this magazine
no credible allegations of willful Koran desecration
NEW YORK — Newsweek on Monday retracted a story alleging interrogators at Guantanamo flushed the Koran down a toilet in front of detainees.
"Based on what we know now, we are retracting our original story that an internal military investigation had uncovered Koran abuse at Guantanamo Bay," editor Mark Whitaker said in statement released Monday evening.
Earlier, Whitaker acknowledged the story was problematic in an apology to Newsweek's readers, but said there was no reason to retract the story.
thus making accidental desecration impossible.