Newsweek magazine has apologized for errors in a story alleging that interrogators at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay desecrated the &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/main/18/90/364/14770_islam.html ' target=_blank>Quran, saying it would re-examine the accusations, which sparked outrage and deadly protests in Afghanistan.
Fifteen people died and scores were injured in violence between protesters and security forces, prompting U.S. promises to investigate the allegations. In Afghanistan, Muslim leaders gave Washington three days to offer a response to the story, tells ABC News.
The Pentagon said last week it was unable to corroborate any case in which interrogators at the U.S. Naval Station in &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/main/2002/03/09/26890.html ' target=_blank>Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, defiled the Muslim holy book, as Newsweek reported in its May 9 issue.
"Top administration officials have promised to continue looking into the charges, and so will we," Whitaker said. Pentagon spokesman Larry DiRita blamed Newsweek's report for the violent protests that broke out in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, Pakistan and other Muslim countries.
"People are dying. They are burning American flags. Our forces are in danger," he told CNN.