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Eight Afghans Killed By Foreign Forces as Koran Desecration Protest Turns Violent

Afghan protesters were killed today when a tense protest erupted in response to rumors that foreign forces desecrated a copy of the Koran.
 
 
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Afghan protesters were killed today when a tense protest erupted in response to rumors that foreign forces desecrated a copy of the Koran during a night raid in Afghanistan. Reports indicates that the protesters may have been goaded by local Taliban into throwing stones at foreign forces and their local allies. In response, pro-Kabul-government forces opened fire, killing eight.

Derrick Crowe is a political associate at Brave New Foundation, working on the Rethink Afghanistan campaign. He's a 5-year veteran of Capitol Hill and a trained Creating a Culture of Peace facilitator.