Afghan chaos: US consulate stormed and NATO trucks torched (VIDEO)
On Thursday, Barack Obama apologized for the incident which took place at Bagram base on Sunday. He sent an official letter of apology to President Karzai. "I convey my deepest sympathies and ask you and the people to accept my deepest apologies,” the letter read. NATO officials also made their apologies immediately after the incident, but this did not prevent riots breaking out the country.On the same day, the Taliban urged Afghans to attack Western military bases in retaliation. Al-Qaeda has echoed the Taliban’s calls, telling its followers to target military hubs and kill Westerners following the desecration of the Muslim sacred book, a crime that carries the death penalty in Afghanistan. US officials claim the texts seized from arrested Afghans were burned unintentionally. Gen. John Allen, commander of NATO's International Security Assistance Force, told media the texts had been confiscated from a detainee center's library as they seemed to have "extremist inscriptions" on some of the pages. US troops suspected that those books were being used in order to “facilitate extremist communications." Gen. Allen stressed that the materials were gathered for disposal and inadvertently given to troops for burning. Meanwhile, Lebanese group Hezbollah said the Koran burning incident was the result of strong Israeli influence on the US."We should search for the Israeli mentality that stands behind various practices in the world. Take for example the burning of Korans,” Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah said Friday.