And yet again, Muslim sensibilities have been trodden upon and . . . violence has ensued accordingly. RT states that at ‘least 24 people across Afghanistan have died since Wednesday [, 22 Feb] in the protests, including two American soldiers. American apologies about the desecration of the Muslim holy book by NATO forces at Bagram Air Base are failing to calm many people in Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan (25 Feb 2012)’.
The Associated Press records that ‘Muslim holy books that were burned in a pile of garbage at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan had been removed from a library at a nearby detention center because they contained extremist messages or inscriptions, a Western military official said Tuesday [, 21 February]. The military official with knowledge of the incident said it appeared that the Qurans and other Islamic readings were being used to fuel extremism, and that detainees at Parwan Detention Facility were writing on the documents to exchange extremist messages . . . Parwan Detention Facility adjoins Bagram Air Field, a sprawling U.S. base north of Kabul, where more than 2,000 Afghans demonstrated against the incident. The burning stoked anti-foreign sentiment that already is on the rise after a decade of war in Afghanistan. It also fueled the arguments of Afghans who claim foreign troops are not respectful of their culture or Islamic religion. “Die, die, foreigners!” the demonstrators shouted. Some fired rifles into the air. Others threw rocks at the gate of the base and set tires ablaze. U.S. Gen. John Allen, the top commander of American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, apologized to the Afghan people and said the books were inadvertently given to troops for burning’.
(21 Feb 2012)
The BBC adds perfunctorily that ‘US President Barack Obama has also apologised for the Koran-burning incident. In a letter to his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai, Mr Obama said the books had been “unintentionally mishandled”. Muslims consider the Koran the literal word of God and treat each book with deep reverence. On Thursday [, 23 Feb] the Taliban had called on Afghans to attack “invading forces” in revenge for “insulting” the Koran. Last year,  at least 24 people died in protests across Afghanistan after a hardline US pastor burned a Koran in Florida’.
 “Afghans protest Quran burning at U.S. base” AP (22 Feb 2012). http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/afghanistan/story/2012-02-21/afghanistan-quran-disposal/53185762/1.