U.S.: Iran Stirred Quran Violence

    An Afghan demonstrator holds a copy of a half-burnt Koran, allegedly set on fire by US soldiers, at the gate of Bagram airbase during a protest against Koran desecration at Bagram, about 60 kilometres (40 miles) north of Kabul, on February 21, 2012. The copies of the burnt Korans and Islamic religious texts were obtained by Afghan workers contracted to work inside Bagram air base, and presented to demonstrators gathered outside the military installation. Afghan protestors firing slingshots and petrol bombs besieged one of the largest US-run military bases in Afghanistan, furious over reports that NATO had set fire to copies of the Koran. Guards at Bagram airbase responded by firing rubber bullets from a watchtower, an AFP photographer said as the crowd shouted "Allahu akbar, Allahu akbar" (God is greater). AFP PHOTO / Massoud HOSSAINI (Photo credit should read MASSOUD HOSSAINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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    American officials say Iranian agents tried to fan the violence that broke out after news of copies of the Quran being burned at a U.S. base in Afghanistan. Most of the protests ended, though several people were killed, but they raised concerns about Iran's ability to cause unrest in the region, and what the country might do if Israel strikes its nuclear facilities. However, the U.S. intelligence community is currently divided over how skilled Iran's provocateurs are. Referring to Iranian plans to assassinate Israeli ambassadors, a U.S. official tells The New York Times, “The attacks failed, so clearly there are kinks in Iran’s planning and tradecraft.”

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