Obama Apologizes for Quran Burning

    Afghan demonstrators burn a US flag during a protest against Koran desecration in Helmand province on February 23, 2012. Thousands of furious Afghans besieged a US base on February 23, throwing rocks and climbing up the outer walls on the third day of violent protests against Koran burnings that have killed at least 12 people. Just hours earlier, the Taliban exhorted Afghans to attack and kill foreign troops to avenge the burning of Korans at a US-run base, but stopped short of cutting off contacts with American officials in Qatar over the crisis. AFP/STR (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The fallout from the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base in Afghanistan has claimed the lives of two U.S. troops. An Afghan official tells CBS that an Afghan soldier shot the soldiers out of anger over the burning of the holy books. Protests over the incident have raged for three days in Afghanistan. Afghan police fired shots to disperse a mob of protesters who tried to break into a U.S. military base in eastern Afghanistan. President Obama has issued a formal apology for the handling of the Quran: "We will take the appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, including holding accountable those responsible," he wrote in a letter to President Hamid Karzai.

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