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U.S. forces apologize for 'highly offensive' Afghan propaganda leaflet

A senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan apologized on Wednesday for a “highly offensive” leaflet which contained a passage from the Koran used in the Taliban militants’ banner superimposed on to the image of a dog.

The Taliban said the leaflet showed American hatred of Islam, adding that it had launched a suicide attack near the entrance to the U.S. Bagram Air Field, north of Kabul, in revenge.

The image, distributed by U.S. forces in Parwan province, north of Kabul, on Tuesday, showed a section of the Taliban’s banner superimposed onto the side of a dog - an animal considered unclean by Muslims. The banner contains a passage from the Koran in Arabic.

“The design of the leaflets mistakenly contained an image highly offensive to both Muslims and the religion of Islam,” Major General James Linder said in a statement.

“I sincerely apologize. We have the deepest respect for Islam and our Muslim partners worldwide,” he said, adding that an investigation would be held “to determine the cause of this incident and to hold the responsible party accountable”.

Parwan Governor Mohammad Hasem condemned the leaflet as “unforgivable”.

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