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February 21st, 2012

Afghan Quran burning 300x196 MEDIA ALERT: Afghans protest NATO Quran burning

KABUL – Protesters demonstrated in front of an American air base after discovering that copies of the Quran had been burned at another air base. NATO commander John Allen says the burning was not intentional and a probe has been ordered. (Sources: CBS, AP)

Analysts available for comment:

Patricia DeGennaro, Ph.D. is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and a subject matter expert on Afghanistan and Iraq for the U.S. Army’s Training and Doctrine Command Center for Intelligence. She recently returned from Iraq where she studied first hand the military transition to civil authority.


Location: New York, U.S.A.

Languages: English; Albanian

Amin Saikal, Ph.D. is the director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies at Australian National University. He is a leading authority on Afghanistan, and author of Modern Afghanistan: A History of Struggle and Survival (2006).


Location: Canberra, Australia

Languages: English; Farsi; Pashto

Baqer Moin has been writing and broadcasting about politics and society in Afghanistan, Iran and Central Asia for more than three decades. From 1990-2004 he was head of the BBC Persian and Pashto Service, responsible for broadcasts to Afghanistan, Iran and Tajikistan. He served as deputy chair of the UN Media Commission for the 2005 Afghan parliamentary elections.


Location: London, U.K.

Languages: English; Arabic

John Marks is the president and founder of Search for Common Ground, a non-profit conflict resolution NGO with offices in 18 countries. He also founded and heads Common Ground Productions.


Location: Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

Languages: English

Iason Athanasiadis is a photojournalist, documentary film-maker and international lecturer working on the intersection of the Eastern Mediterranean with the Arab, Persian and Turkic Middle East and Central Asia. He is currently based between Istanbul and Kabul.


Location: Kabul, Afghanistan; Istanbul, Turkey

Languages: Arabic, English, Greek, Persian

Photo: Hundreds of people, protesting against the alleged burning of the Holy Quran by US troops at the Bagram Airbase in central Parwan province, blocked the Kabul-Jalalabad highway.

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