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Iran condemns desecration of Quran by U.S. forces in Afghanistan
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c_330_235_16777215_0_http___www.tehrantimes.com_images_stories_famous_02_sardar2.jpgTEHRAN – The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on Sunday condemning the desecration of the holy Quran by U.S. troops in Afghanistan. 
A number of demonstrations have been staged across Afghanistan since February 21, when it first emerged that the copies of the Quran and other religious materials had been thrown into a fire pit used to burn garbage at Bagram air base, a large base north of Kabul, according to AP. 
The statement read, “Disrespecting the beliefs of Muslims has its roots in the improper understanding of occupiers in Afghanistan of the religious culture of Muslim people in the region and the world. And the repetition of the violation of human rights and infringement on the rights of Afghanistan’s Muslim people is due to the continuation of the occupation of the country and the fact that occupiers are not” being held responsible for actions that are in contravention of the law. 
It also said, “The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns the desecration of the holy Quran by U.S. military forces in Afghanistan, once again emphasizes the necessity of the withdrawal of foreign military forces from Afghanistan, and believes that the only way to help restore and establish peace and security in Afghanistan is the immediate withdrawal of foreign forces from the country and that any measure which would extend the presence of these forces in Afghanistan, including the conclusion of a strategic agreement between the United States and Afghanistan, should be regarded not only as a measure that would increase insecurity in the country but also as a serious threat to the region.”
The Foreign Ministry also stated that international organizations are expected to denounce the blasphemous move. 
In addition, a number of Iranian individuals and organizations, including the Society of Seminary Teachers of Qom, denounced the sacrilegious act. 
The move caused deep anger among all Muslims around the world and is indicative of the anti-Islamic nature of the United States, part of the society’s statement read.

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