Protests over Koran Burning Germany Closes Afghan Military Base Early

The German military said Friday it would move up the planned closure of a base in northern Afghanistan in response to deadly protests over the inadvertent burning of copies of the Koran by a US soldier. The base would have been shuttered in March, but officials worried its security could not be maintained in the face of the demonstrations.
A German Bundeswehr soldier in Iman Sahib: The military is closing a base in Afghanistan early in response to deadly protests.

A German Bundeswehr soldier in Iman Sahib: The military is closing a base in Afghanistan early in response to deadly protests.

Foto: FABRIZIO BENSCH/ REUTERS
Photo Gallery: Violent Protests over Koran Burning
Foto: Rahmat Gul/ AP
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Photo Gallery: Violent Protests over Koran Burning

dsl -- with wire reports
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