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What the Quran burnings tell us

March 2, 2012 in The Daily Republic

It’s not as if the news about this act suddenly swung lots of Afghans from being really fond of the United States to being really mad at us. Rather, news of the Quran burning was just a catalyst the proverbial straw on the camel’s back that ignited resentments. Continue Reading

2 American soldiers killed by Afghan joint base shootings

March 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Two American soldiers were killed today in a shooting by an Afghan soldier and a literacy teacher at a joint base in southern Afghanistan, officials said, the latest in a series of deaths as anti-Americanism rises following the burning of Qurans by U.S. soldiers.
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AFGHANISTAN: U.S. says 2 American troops killed by Afghan soldier; Obama apologizes for burning of Qurans

February 23, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Mohammad Hassan, a local Afghan leader in Nangarhar province, says the shooting occurred outside an American base in the province during a riot against the Quran burnings. He says the gunman was an Afghan soldier. Continue Reading

U.S. military official: Books burned in Afghanistan contained extremist messages, inscriptions

February 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A military official with knowledge of the incident told The Associated Press otday that it appeared the Qurans and other Islamic readings were being used to fuel extremism, and that detainees apparently were leaving notes for one another inside them. Continue Reading

2000-plus angry Afghans rally over Quran disposal at U.S. base

February 21, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

More than 2,000 angry Afghans rallied today against the inadvertent burning of Qurans and other Islamic religious materials during trash disposal at an American air base. They demanded to meet the country’s president over the issue and threatened to demonstrate again if their demand was not met. Continue Reading

UN envoy: UN workers killed running from bunker

April 2, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Fearing for their lives, the U.N. workers dashed into a dark bunker hoping to escape the mob of Afghan protesters angry over the burning of a Quran by a Florida church.
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Florida pastor wins car for canceling Quran burning

October 15, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

A New Jersey car dealer plans to keep his word after offering Florida pastor Terry Jones a new car if he promised to not burn a Quran. Continue Reading

Jones, others burned for daring to be Americans

September 20, 2010 in The Dickinson Press

Another Sept. 11 is behind us, leaving something new and disturbing, a dark spawn to examine with plenty of careful soul-searching. Continue Reading

Cartoon by Bruce Plante

September 12, 2010 in West Central Tribune

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Sept. 11 anniversary inflamed by mosque, Quran controversies

September 10, 2010 in Grand Forks Herald

In the past, the anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks was marked by somber reflection and a call to unity, devoid of politics. No more. Continue Reading