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US Army apologises for air-dropping anti-Islam leaflets

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US Army apologises for air-dropping anti-Islam leaflets

Sep 06, 2017 - 18:15

CHARIKARinfo-icon (Pajhwok): After widespread criticism, US forces have apologized for distributing anti-Islam brochures, acknowledging the leaflets contained an image highly offensive to Muslims.

US forces airdropped the brochures in the Bagram district of Parwan province on Tuesday. The leaflets contained the photo of a lion running toward a dog,  with Kalma Tayyeba written on its body.

The highly derogatory leaftlets drew angry reaction from Parwan residents. The Parwan Ulemainfo-icon Council, slammed the US forces' action as indicative of t heir animosity towards Muslims and Islam.

Ahmad Javid Hanafi asked the government to investigate the issue and take appropriate steps against the offenders.

Parwan Governor Mohammad Asim Asim also condemned the action of the US military and promised the issue would be investigated thoroughly by a delegation.

Meanwhile, Maj. Gen. James B. Linder, commander of Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistaninfo-icon (SOJTF-A), apologised for the distribution of the provocative leaflets.

A statement from SOJTF-A said: “On September 5, US forces conducted a leaflet drop in Parwan. The design of the leaflets mistakenly contained an image highly offensive to both Muslims and the religion of Islam.

“I sincerely apologise. We have the deepest respect for Islam and our Muslim partners worldwide,” the statement quoted Linder as saying.

"There is no excuse for this mistake. I am reviewing our procedures to determine the cause of this incident and to hold the responsible party accountable. Furthermore, I will make appropriate changes so this never happens again," he said.

“Resolute Support remains committed to Afghanistan’s future, and I offer my sincerest apologies for this error.” Linder concluded.


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