Two NATO troops
were killed in Afghanistan Thursday as protests following the
"inadvertent" burning of Qurans and other Muslim holy books at a U.S.
military base intensified. Eleven people in all have died, with many
more wounded, in the protests, Reuters
President Obama, according to the Associated Press,
has sent a letter of apology to the Afghan president for the Quran
burnings. The letter, delivered by the U.S. ambassador Thursday,
expresses Obama's "deep regret for the reported incident."
"The error was inadvertent; I assure you that we will take the
appropriate steps to avoid any recurrence, to include holding
accountable those responsible," the president wrote.