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The U-S military says it regrets any offence it may have caused by handing out soccer balls emblazoned with the name of Allah as part of a public relations exercise in Afghanistan.
At least one of the balls - which were dropped by helicopter to children in Khost province in eastern Afghanistan on Friday - carried a small picture of the Saudi Arabian flag.
Jamal said the U.S. military told him they bought the balls in a market in Kabul and they were made in China
Muslims seem to easy offended nowadays.
Originally posted by The_Coo
Muslims seem to easy offended nowadays , the US Army was only trying to give the kids a bit of something to do.
The flag features in Arabic script the Islamic declaration of faith, which contains the words Allah and the Prophet Muhammad.
'Blasphemous' U.S. Soccer Balls Anger Afghans
A spokeswoman for the U.S. forces in Afghanistan said they made "significant efforts to work with local leaders, mullahs and elders to respect their culture," and distributing the footballs was an effort to give a gift the Afghan children would enjoy.
"Unfortunately," she added,here was something on those footballs we didn't immediately understand to be offensive and we regret that we do not want to offend."