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In the newsprint business, there are mistakes and there are mistakes. There's your typical typos, misspellings, and misidentified photos . . . and then there's this:

Newsweek magazine said on Sunday it erred in a May 9 report that U.S. interrogators desecrated the Koran at Guantanamo Bay, and apologized to the victims of deadly Muslim protests sparked by the article.

Editor Mark Whitaker said the magazine inaccurately reported that U.S. military investigators had confirmed that personnel at the detention facility in Cuba had flushed the Muslim holy book down the toilet.

The report sparked angry and violent protests across the Muslim world from Afghanistan, where 16 were killed and more than 100 injured, to Pakistan to Indonesia to Gaza.
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On Sunday, Afghan Muslim clerics threatened to call for a holy war against the United States.

"We regret that we got any part of our story wrong, and extend our sympathies to victims of the violence and to the U.S. soldiers caught in its midst," Whitaker wrote in the magazine's latest issue, due to appear on U.S. newsstands on Monday.

Yeah. Sorry about all those dead people. Next time we'll try to make sure our sources are credible.

UPDATE: Upon further review, it's unclear who's telling the truth here. Looks like this one is best read in government-skepticism mode.


Len Cleavelin
May 16, 2005 1:53 PM


Given what we've seen in this war so far, I'd tend to assume without evidence that U.S. troops are desecrating the Koran, and put the Government to a strict burden of proof otherwise. Gen. Jerry "My God can kick your God's ass" Boykin is not exactly an abberation in the officer corps....