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May 15th, 2005 by JTJ

Newsweek says Koran desecration report is wrong

By David Morgan
Sunday, May 15, 2005; 7:01 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – 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. In the past week it was condemned in Egypt,
Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and by the Arab League….”

Here's Newsweek's own telling of the tale:
How a Fire Broke Out
story of a sensitive NEWSWEEK report about alleged abuses at Guantánamo
Bay and a surge of deadly unrest in the Islamic world.

And we wonder why the public doesn't trust us?

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