PHOTO: Afghan policemen march towards protesters near a US military base in Kabul. (Reuters: Ahmad Masood)
An Afghan soldier shot dead two American soldiers as violent anti-US protests over the burning of copies of the Koran swept the country for a third day.
The attacks came after the Taliban urged Afghans to kill foreign troops to avenge the burning of Korans at the US-run Bagram airbase north of Kabul.
Since then at least 11 people have died in demonstrations across the country and 17 have been wounded.
Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets of several cities, chanting "Death to America!" and smashing cars, buildings and shops.
US president Barack Obama has sent a letter of apology to president Hamid Karzai, the White House said. ... see more at ABC NEWS
DEMONSTRATIONS IN AFGHANISTAN
AGAINST U.S. MILITARY
Afghan men shout slogans during a demonstration against Qur'an desecration in Herat, Afghanistan, February 23, 2012. The protests over the Quran burning by U.S. military have entered its third day on Thursday. During Wednesday's demonstrations, seven people were killed and 30 others sustained injuries. ...
Photograph by: Ahmad Massoud , Xinhua/Zuma Press/MCT
Two American troops were gunned down by a man wearing an Afghan uniform in eastern Afghanistan Thursday, a U.S. official said Thursday.
Afghan protestors are seen in front of the US base of Bagram during an anti US demonstration in Bagram north of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012. More than 2,000 angry Afghans, some firing guns in the air, protested on Tuesday against the improper disposal and burning of Qurans and other Islamic religious materials at an American air base in Bagram north of Kabul. Photo: Musadeq Sadeq / AP
TRIBUTE TO ALL U.S. SOLDIERS
Dear America Soldier,
We love you!
We support you and never take your sacrifice for granted.
God bless you - each and every one of you!