Insult to WWII heroes: Graves of British troops smashed and desecrated by Libyan Islamists in protest over U.S. soldiers’ Koran burning

The Daily Mail [UK]
25th February 2012

A furious mob has desecrated dozens of Commonwealth War Graves in a Libyan cemetery amid continuing fury in the Middle East over the burning of the Koran by U.S. soldiers.

Headstones commemorating British and Allied servicemen, killed during World War II campaigns in the Western Desert, lay smashed and strewn across Benghazi Military Cemetery.

Protesters rampaged through site on Friday, despite efforts by America to calm tensions sparked when it emerged U.S. soldiers had burned Muslim holy books in a pile of rubbish at a military base in Afghanistan.

Desecrated: The headstones commemorating the deaths of allied servicemen, who fought in the Western Desert campaigns between 1942 to 1943, lay smashed on the ground. click on the image to enlarge

Sacrifice: Some 1,214 graves are marked in Benghazi War Cemetery. click on the image to enlarge

President Obama has apologised to President Karzai for the unintentional burning of the Korans at NATO’s main Bagram air base after Afghan labourers found charred copies while collecting rubbish.

White House spokesman Jay Carney sought to counter criticism, telling reporters on board Air Force One: ‘It is wholly appropriate, given the sensitivities to this issue, the understandable sensitivities.’

But it appears to have had little affect on sentiment among many in the Middle East…

…Military sources said that books were removed from the library of a nearby detention center because they contained extremist messages.

Prisoners had been writing in the books as way of communicating…


Read the complete article at The Daily Mail.

H/T GatewayPundit where Jim writes, “It’s time for another Obama apology – A really heart-felt one this time. That ought to do it.”


RelatedTaliban Takes Credit For Killing 2 US Officials in Kabul – Shooter Still on the Loose

Update:  From the Astute Bloggers, Afghan who assassinated our 2 officers in Kabul was an Intel officer trained in a madrassa in Pakistan

… [THE] gunman who shot two American officers a day earlier inside the highly secured Afghan Ministry of Interior was a junior intelligence officer with ties to a Pakistani religious school, an Afghan counter-terrorism official said…

Update 2: via Michael Yon on Facebook: Gunman kills 2 US military advisers in Afghanistan

…The Taliban claimed responsibility for Saturday’s Interior Ministry attack, saying it was retaliation for the Koran burnings, after the US servicemen a lieutenant colonel and a major were found dead on the floor of an office that only people who know a numerical combination can get into, Afghan and Western officials said…

…The two American service members were found by another foreigner who went into the room, according to the Afghan official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to disclose details about the shootings. They were shot in the back of the head, according to Western officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose the information. Authorities were poring over security camera video for clues, the Afghan official said.

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid identified the shooter as one of their sympathizers, Abdul Rahman. He said an accomplice inside the ministry helped Rahman get inside the compound to kill the Americans in retaliation for the Koran burnings…


Also, Krauthammer: U.S. apology for Koran burning ‘embarrassing,’ ‘groveling’

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